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Bureau of Motor Vehicles

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In accordance with Indiana Codes §9-22-1 and §9-22-5, a person who owns a vehicle that has a title that is faulty, lost or destroyed, or is the possessor of an abandoned vehicle, may apply to the BMV for authority to sell, give away, or dispose of the vehicle for scrap metal.

When submitting paperwork, include the following:

  • Certificate of Authority – Disposal of a Motor Vehicle – State Form 55018
  • Proof of ownership (i.e. current registration, insurance settlement)
  • Abandoned Vehicles – must meet requirements as outlined in Indiana Code §9-22: Proof of delivery of a certified letter to the vehicle owner and lien holder (if applicable). A copy of the certified letter must be submitted with this application.
  • Proof of lien release, if applicable.

If the BMV determines that sufficient credible evidence exists to substantiate the applicant’s claim of ownership, an approved Certificate of Authority – Disposal of a Motor Vehicle – State Form 55018 will be mailed back to the customer to present to the automobile wrecker or scrap yard when disposing of the vehicle.

Mail the completed packet to:
Central Office Title Processing
100 North Senate Avenue, Room N411
Indianapolis, IN 46204