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If a vehicle has been involved in an accident and declared to be a total loss by the owner or the insurance company, the Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles will brand it with a salvage title. 

Generally, a salvage title car cannot be driven on public roads in Missouri until it has been adequately repaired, inspected, rebranded as “rebuilt” or “revived”, registered, and insured. 

This page will cover the salvage title process in Missouri, and provide you with tips on how to get a salvage vehicle back on the road. 

For official information or questions about your specific situation, please contact your local Missouri DMV office or visit the official DMV website:

What is a Salvage Title in Missouri?

Like many other states, a salvage title in Missouri means that the vehicle has been reported to the DMV to be a total loss, wrecked, or damaged to the point where it is no longer roadworthy. 

Missouri salvage title cars cannot be driven until they have been repaired and inspected. 

How to Get a Salvage Title Cleared in Missouri

To get your salvage vehicle back on the road in Missouri, you’ll need to get the car repaired, inspected, and apply for a rebuilt title. 

First, you’ll need to complete a salvage vehicle inspection. 

After you pay the inspection fee, you’ll receive an inspection form to bring with you to the inspection location. 

Once the vehicle passes the salvage inspection, the inspector will fill in the Vehicle Examination Certificate (Form DOR-551). 

The inspection fee is $25 plus a $6 processing fee. 

You can pay the fee and required the necessary forms in person at your local DOR office or by mail: 

Motor Vehicle Bureau
P.O. Box 100
Jefferson City, MO 65105.

With the inspection completed, you’ll need to submit the following to the DOR:

  • The signed examination certificate. 
  • The salvage title. 
  • A complete title application (Form DOR-108). 
  • Payment for your title fees. ($8.50 plus $6 processing). 

You can apply for the title in person or by mail to:

Motor Vehicle Bureau
Special Titling Unit
P.O. Box 2076
Jefferson City, MO 65105.

Register a Salvage Title Car in Missouri

Once the reuilt Missouri title has been issued, you can insure and register the vehicle once again. 

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