Salvage Inspections

Once the salvage vehicle has been repaired, the vehicle must pass a salvage inspection before it can be registered. Inspections are done by the Massachusetts State Police. Inspections sites are located throughout the Commonwealth and are listed below. All inspections are conducted on first come first served walk-in basis. If you have any questions, call the Auto Theft Department at 857-368-8060.

Note: The purpose of the inspection is not to check roadworthiness or the safety condition of the vehicle. All vehicles must pass a safety and emission test within 7 days of registration.

Fees

A $50.00 fee payable by cash, check or money order is required to be paid prior to the inspection.

The $50.00 Salvage Inspection Fee must be paid at a Registry branch office prior to going to the inspection site. You must bring a completed Application for Inspection of a Salvage Motor Vehicle, the current salvage title and the required fee to the RMV branch. All checks must be made payable to MassDOT.

Inspection Process

You must bring the following with you to the inspection site:

  • A completed Application for Inspection of a Salvage Motor Vehicle.
  • The current Salvage title.
  • An appraisal report from the insurance company.
  • Receipts evidencing acquisition of all major component parts used to restore the vehicle. In case of used parts, include the vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle from which the parts were taken. A list of major component parts are listed on the Application for Inspection of a Salvage Vehicle.

Airbag Policy

If an airbag has been replaced with a used airbag purchased after January 1,2004, a copy of the certificate of title for the vehicle that the airbag came from must be provided, regardless of whether the airbag was purchased in Massachusetts or out-of-state.

A "used airbag" is an airbag that has been removed from one vehicle and reinstalled in a salvage vehicle being rebuilt.

Inspection Site Locations

There are several walk-in inspection sites located throughout the Commonwealth. Inspection hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the days* indicated.

*Please Note: Due to State Police staffing constraints, sites may not be open on some posted dates and times. Before visiting any of these sites, please call 857-368-8445 to verify that a site is open on that day.
  • Bridgewater
    Massachusetts Highway Department
    Route 24, Exit 15 at Route 104
    1580 Pleasant St.
    Inspection days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

  • Haverhill
    Massachusetts Highway Department
    Route 495, Exit 50
    Route 97, Broadway
    Inspection days: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

  • Northboro
    Massachusetts Highway Department
    Route 20 at Route 9
    Inspection days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Revere
    Massachusetts Highway Department
    735 Washington Avenue
    West of Intersection of Route 60 and Route 1
    At Malden line near Linden Square
    Inspection days: Monday and Friday

  • Westfield
    Massachusetts Highway Department
    Route 20
    93 East Main St.
    Inspection days: Thursday

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