Delaware Total Loss – Totaled Vehicle Appraisal Service
|Rule||Total Loss Formula (TLF)|
|Law||21 Del. C. § 2512|
Delaware Total Loss Threshold
Procedures for Owner Retained Salvage Vehicles
The following procedures are provided to customers obtaining a salvage certificate for a total loss insurance settlement when they are retaining ownership of the vehicle. The vehicle cannot be driven until the vehicle has been reconstructed, presented to the Delaware State Police Auto Theft Unit for inspection, passed Delaware safety inspection, and is retitled. The Division can issue a temporary tag when the vehicle has been reconstructed, has passed the Delaware safety inspection, and valid proof of insurance has been presented. See the following procedures:
Over the Counter Process:
1. Owner must make an odometer disclosure on the back of the Delaware title in Section 1 – “Assignment of Certificate of Title”. Owner must also sign and print his or her name in Section 1 under “Signature of Buyer” and “Printed Name of Buyer.”
2. The Delaware title and a letter from your insurance company stating the vehicle is a total loss insurance settlement owner-retained salvage. The letter must contain: the signature of an insurance company representative; the name of the owner; the date of loss; the model year, VIN, make, and model of the vehicle. The Delaware vehicle license plate must be presented at the time of request in addition to a fee of $35.00.
3. The Division will issue a salvage certificate on the vehicle and put the license plate in retention if the vehicle registration is still current.
Mail Process: In order to process by mail, comply with Items (A), (B) and (C) above and mail all documents and the license plate to:
Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 698
Dover, Delaware 19903
The Salvage Certificate will be processed and returned to you by mail. Please provide a self-addressed envelope to ensure the certificate is mailed to your correct address.
4. If your vehicle passes DMV Safety Inspection, we will issue a temporary tag for no fee until the next scheduled Auto Theft Unit inspection takes place at a location nearest you. (Temporary tags issued for a longer period of time will require a $20.00 fee.)
Step 2: Inspection Requirements
The following procedures must be followed in order for you to title and register a vehicle with a salvage certificate. You must ensure that you comply with the following procedures and present the required items when you bring the vehicle to the Delaware State Police Auto Theft Unit for inspection:
Step 3: Retitling and Registration Requirements