Salvage Theft Exams

Iowa law requires that all vehicles that are designated SALVAGE or have a SALVAGE title to be physically examined by a "peace officer" who has been certified by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy to conduct examinations.

The purpose of the salvage theft examination is to physically verify that no stolen parts were used to rebuild a vehicle. The exam is also used to authenticate the ownership of the vehicle that is being presented for examination. A typical salvage theft examination takes approximately 45 minutes, but may take several hours if the vehicle identification numbers are not easily accessible or there are problems with the ownership documents.

If you would like to request a salvage theft examination, please contact the Police Department at (319) 827-1919. (Monday through Friday).

An Affidavit of Salvage Vehicle Repairs, Iowa Department of Transportation (Click #411071 here), must be completed and presented to the examining officer prior to the examination commencing. These forms can be obtained from the examining officer, the Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement headquarters, or possibly your county treasurer's office. It will also be necessary to bring with you to the examination site all bill of sale, receipts and invoices showing ownership to all parts used to rebuild the vehicle. A permit to drive the vehicle to the examination site is included on the affidavit and must be carried in the vehicle and presented to any peace officer if stopped.

The applicant must also present to the examining officer an Iowa salvage title in the name of the applicant or if the examination is performed within 30 days of the assignment of ownership, a properly assigned title is acceptable.

The fee for a salvage theft examination is $30.