Osage Police Department
432 Main Street
Phone: 641-732-3777
Fax: 641-732-4483
General Inquiries: osagepd@osagepd.org

Salvage Title Vehicle Inspections

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 30 minutes, but may take longer if the vehicle identification numbers are not easily accessible or there are problems with the ownership documents.

The physical examination of the vehicle will be performed by an Osage Police officer who has been certified to perform these examinations. If you are requesting a salvage theft examination, you must call 641-732-3777 to schedule an appointment.

An affidavit and payment must be completed prior to the examination appointment. Click here to do this online. It will also be necessary to bring with you all bills 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 online also 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 the salvage theft examination is $30.