How do I get a salvaged title for my pickup?
Should the owner indicate that the vehicle had been damaged and the cost of repairing it to a roadworthy condition amounted to more than sixty percent (60%) of its fair market value at the time of loss, the vehicle is to be treated as if it were entering Oklahoma with a salvage title. This
applies regardless of whether the damage was due to theft, collision or other occurrence.
The following are OK regulations:
710:60-5-54. Rebuilt titles
(a) A salvage vehicle ten (10) model years old or newer, that has been repaired to a roadworthy
condition must undergo a rebuilt vehicle inspection by a Motor License Agent before it may be put
(b) The vehicle owner must complete a "Rebuilt Vehicle Inspection Request" (OTC Form 788-B)
and submit it to the Motor License Agent.
(c) If an assigned serial number is needed, the owner must contact the Oklahoma Tax Commission
Motor Vehicle Division, Title Section.
(d) The assigned serial number must be permanently affixed to the vehicle before the rebuilt
inspection is performed.
(e) The Motor License Agent will designate the date, time and location of the inspection within ten
(10) working days of receipt of the request.
(f) If the inspection location is not the place of business of the rebuilder, the Motor License Agent?OAC 710:60 OKLAHOMA TAX COMMISSION
shall issue an "Authorization for Travel and Inspection" (OTC Form 788-C), authorizing the
applicant to operate the vehicle en route to and from the location for the inspection. This form does
not relieve the operator of the vehicle from the Oklahoma Financial Responsibility laws, nor does it
allow the operation of the vehicle without a current safety inspection.
(g) The inspection is to be performed by the Motor License Agent or by persons employed by the
Motor License Agent.
(h) All vehicle damage shall be repaired before the examination is conducted.
(i) The rebuilt vehicle inspection shall consist of all the following:
(1) Comparison of the vehicle identification number (VIN) with the number recorded on the
(2) Inspection of the vehicle identification number and the VIN plate to detect possible alteration
or other fraud.
(3) Interpretation of the vehicle identification number recorded on the ownership documents to
assure that it accurately describes the motor vehicle in question. Motor License Agents are to use
the VIN analysis system (VINA) incorporated into the Motor Vehicle Computer System, to
verify that the VIN accurately describes the motor vehicle.
(4) Inspection of the odometer of the vehicle to detect rollback or alteration.
(j) The owner of the vehicle shall present to the Motor License Agent:
(1) The salvage title;
(2) Receipts for all parts placed on the vehicle. The Agent shall validate the parts used and
return the receipts to the owner; and,
(3) Proof of current liability insurance. An "Affidavit of Non-Use In Lieu of Liability Insurance"
(OTC Form 797) is not acceptable.
(k) The Motor License Agent or employee will entirely complete a "Rebuilt Vehicle Inspection"
(OTC Form 788-A). The entire inspection is to be completed, even if the vehicle fails one or more
portions of it. If a vehicle fails a rebuilt inspection, the Motor License Agent shall contact the Motor
Vehicle Division, Title Corrections, to ensure placement of a "stop flag" on the vehicle record.
(l) If a vehicle fails a rebuilt inspection:
(1) An Oklahoma rebuilt title will not be issued unless written authorization for issuance of a
rebuilt title is obtained from an Oklahoma law enforcement agency.
(2) The original (top) copy of the OTC Form 788-A is given to the vehicle owner.
(m) If a vehicle which has previously failed a rebuilt inspection is issued written authorization for
issuance of a rebuilt title by an Oklahoma law enforcement agency, the owner must:
(1) Return to the same Motor License Agency that performed the rebuilt inspection;
(2) Submit the original (top) copy of the OTC Form 788-A; and
(3) Submit the letter from the Oklahoma law enforcement agency authorizing the rebuilt title
(n) The Motor License Agent must contact the Motor Vehicle Division, Title Section, for
authorization to issue the rebuilt title and for removal of the "stop flag" from the vehicle record.
(o) If a vehicle passes the inspection, the original (top) copy of the OTC Form 788-A is to be
attached as supporting documentation to the rebuilt title receipt submitted in the Motor License
Agent's semi-monthly report.
(p) The second (bottom) copy of the OTC Form 788-A is retained by the Motor License Agent
regardless of whether the vehicle passes or fails the inspection.
(q) The rebuilt inspection fee is paid only at the time the rebuilt title is issued. If the owner refuses
to title and register the vehicle when the inspection is completed and passed at the inspecting agency,?OAC 710:60 OKLAHOMA TAX COMMISSION
the Motor License Agent is not to release the original (top) copy of OTC Form 788-A to the owner.
(r) The Motor License Agent may not be held liable for any damage to the vehicle occurring during
the performance of the inspection, however the Motor License Agent may be held liable for any
damage to the vehicle caused by negligent acts or omissions in the performance of the inspection.
[Source: Added at 8 Ok Reg 3305, eff 7-8-91 (emergency); Added at 9 Ok Reg 2151, eff 6-12-92; Amended at 13 Ok
Reg 3113, eff 7-11-96; Amended at 17 Ok Reg 2160, eff 6-11-00; Amended at 19 Ok Reg 1849, eff 6-13-02]
710:60-5-55. Junked titles
(a) Junked title defined . A junked vehicle is any vehicle which is incapable of operation or use on
the highway, has no resale value except as a source of parts or scrap and has an eighty percent (80%)
loss in fair market value.
(b) Out-of-state junked titles; junked title permanent classification . Any vehicle which is a
junked vehicle or is specified as a junked vehicle or the equivalent thereof on a certificate of title
from another state is to receive an Oklahoma Junked Title. Once a Junked Title is issued on a
vehicle, it will remain as such permanently.
(c) Procedure for cancellation of title for junked vehicle . The owner of any vehicle which is
incapable of operation or use on the public roads and has no resale value except as parts, scrap or
junk, may deliver the certificate of title to the Oklahoma Tax Commission, accompanied by an
Affidavit for Cancellation of Oklahoma Title (OTC Form 701-8). Upon verification that any
perfected lien against the vehicle has been released and the registration is current, the certificate of
title shall be cancelled. There is no charge to the vehicle owner for this cancellation.
(d) Subsequent transfer of ownership of vehicle for which title has been cancelled . Once a title
is cancelled, no subsequent title or registration may be issued. Any subsequent transfers of
ownership will be done so on a certificate of ownership (OTC Form 766). The format of this
certificate is prescribed by the Oklahoma Tax Commission and furnished to all motor license
agencies. Any form which contains all the information listed on the Oklahoma Tax Commission
form will be acceptable.
(e) Inspection for absence of vehicle identification number . If there is no public VIN on the
vehicle, it shall be inspected by a law enforcement officer to verify the absence of the number and
the corresponding statement shall be signed by the officer on the certificate of ownership.
(f) Transfer of ownership for vehicles over ten mode l years old for which title is lost, cancelled
or not available . Any vehicle over ten model years old which is not roadworthy and not capable of
repair for operation or use on the roads and highways and on which the certificate of title has been
lost, cancelled or otherwise not available, shall also transfer ownership by use of the certificate of
ownership. Use of this transfer of ownership form will result in cancellation of the Oklahoma title, if
it has not already been done.
(g) Procedure for transfers by use of certificate of ownership . This certificate of ownership will
be a three part form. The buyer and seller shall each retain a copy and within thirty (30) days of the
transaction, the seller shall submit one copy to the Oklahoma Tax Commission or a motor license
agent with the applicable fee.