Salvage Title Inspection Unit


In an effort to counter numerous consumer complaints regarding rebuilt crashed automobiles, the Department of Transportation enacted the "Truth in Mileage Act". The responsibility of enforcing this act fell initially on the Wisconsin State Patrol. However the state soon realized that more local law enforcement was needed to enforce this act, so in 1989, the Brown County Sheriff's Department formed a Salvage Title Inspection unit.

In addition to their primary responsibility as a patrol officer in the Patrol Division, 6 officers are specially trained to perform vehicle inspections. As a service to the public and commercial sector, Salvage Title inspections are conducted every Thursday at varying sites within Brown County. Inspections include, but are not limited to, safety inspections of rebuilt salvage vehicles and examination of vehicle anti-theft features, to ensure a quality product that meet or exceed DOT standards. After completion of the process, necessary fees are collected and registration is assigned to the rebuilt vehicle.

Wisconsin Title & License Plate Application MV-1 Form
Major Parts MV2673

Salvage Inspection Instructions

To be the most efficient, the following items are REQUIRED at the time of inspection:

  1. You MUST have a WISCONSIN SALVAGE title in your name. (unless you are a licensed dealer.)

  2. A COMPLETED form MV-1 (application for registration) can be found on-line or at the following link: www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/forms/mv1.pdf

  3. A COMPLETED Major Parts Statement form (MV2673) can be found on-line or at the following link: www.dot.wisconsin.gov/forms/docs/mv2673.pdf

  4. Receipts or proof of ownership for all the major parts that were used on your car.

  5. Pictures of the un-repaired vehicle showing all 4 sides of the vehicle.

  6. A check made payable to the Registration Fee Trust. The fee will be calculated at the time of inspection but will include: $80 inspection fee plus sales tax on that fee and any applicable registration costs. If you register your car we can issue a temporary plate and you will be able to drive your vehicle until plates arrive. (Wisconsin Law allows the vehicle to be driven to and from the inspection appointment)

  7. An envelope and POSTAGE STAMPS. (Usually requires two stamps per the post office) The appropriate addresses are on the MV-1 form and have the envelope filled out prior to appointment.

  8. Do a self check of vehicle prior to setting appointment. The vehicle must be completely restored prior to inspection. Check all light bulbs and dash lights. Battery must be secure and all doors and windows in working condition. Additional safety features will be inspected for proper functions by the inspectors.

  9. To call for an appointment- (920) 448-4382. Leave a message w/ name and phone number indicating the best time to be contacted as well as the number of vehicles you have to be inspected. Our normal days of inspection are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8a-4p. You will be contacted at our earliest convenience.    Thank You!



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