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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 North Dakota Department of Motor Vehicles will brand it with a salvage title. 

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

This page will cover the salvage title process in North Dakota, 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 North Dakota DMV office or visit the official DMV website:

What is a Salvage Title in North Dakota?

Like many other states, a salvage title in North Dakota 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. 

Vehicles in North Dakota are branded as salvage if the damages exceed 75% of the current retail value of the vehicle. 

When this occurs, the original title must be submitted to the North Dakota MVD within 10 days. The salvage title fee is $5. 

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

If you do not wish to repair the vehicle, you can complete a Affidavit for Refund of a Permanently Destroyed Vehicles (Form SFN 2889): https://www.dot.nd.gov/forms/sfn02889.pdf 

Returning this form along with your license plates and registration documents will allow you to receive a partial refund of your registration fees. 

How to Get a Salvage Title Cleared in North Dakota

In order to repair a salvage vehicle and drive it again, it will need to be inspected by a licensed and registered rebuilder. 

To get a “Previously Salvaged” title, you’ll need to:

After your application has been processed, the ND DOT will issue a previously salvaged title.  

Register a Salvage Title Car in North Dakota

After the vehicle has been inspected and cleared, you’ll be able to use the same license plates and registration that has already been issued. 


Be sure to get a new insurance policy for the vehicle. 

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If you’re in the market to buy, sell, or register a salvage title vehicle in North Dakota, VINvaquero.com has the free resources you need to get back on the road. 

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