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The Certificate of Scrapping form (TR-208) is used to transfer the title of an abandoned, scrap vehicle taken into custody by law enforcement.  Please keep the following points in mind when completing the Certificate of Scrapping:

  1. The vehicle information reported on this form must correspond to what was entered into LEIN.
     
  2. Michigan's Abandoned Vehicle law requires law enforcement to notify the Secretary of State through LEIN of a vehicle's abandoned status within 24 hours of taking it into custody.  Only vehicles registered or titled in Michigan or those with an out-of-state license plate are reported to the department.  Within seven days of receiving the LEIN notice, MDOS mails the Notice of Abandoned Vehicle form (TR-52e) to the vehicle owner and any secured party on record.  If the vehicle is not redeemed within 20 days from the date of the notice, law enforcement or its designee may release the vehicle to a towing agency, used vehicle parts dealer or vehicle scrap metal processor.
     
  3. If an abandoned, scrap vehicle is not registered in Michigan or another state, law enforcement may release it to a towing agency, used vehicle parts dealer or vehicle scrap metal processor without taking any further action.
     
  4. A towing agency, used vehicle parts dealer or vehicle scrap metal processor must complete the Reassignment of Certificate of Scrapping (Box #6 on the TR-208) to sell the vehicle to a new owner.  A vehicle released with a Certificate of Scrapping can only be retitled with a scrap title. The new owner is restricted to using the vehicle for parts or scrap metal only.

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