Salvage Theft Examinations

Iowa law requires all vehicles designated “salvage” or vehicles that have a “salvage title” to be physically examined by a peace officer who has been certified by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy to conduct inspections prior to issuance of an Iowa vehicle registration. 

All inspections need to have receipts and Vehicle Identification Numbers for the cars that the used parts came from, or part numbers if using new parts from aftermarket dealers, present at the time of the inspection.

Scheduling an Inspection

Visit the Iowa Department of Transportation website for complete instruction and payment of fees prior to scheduling an appointment with an inspector.

The Marshalltown Police Department is no longer certified to conduct these inspections.  Please contact the Tama Police Department, 305 Siegel Street, Tama, IA, 641-484-3223 or the Tama County Sheriff's Office, 100 N Main Street, Toledo, IA, 641-484-4111 to schedule an inspection.