Code of the District of Columbia

§ 50–1331.04. Department authority to designate vehicles salvage, Junk, and flood and to include certain information on a title.

(a) Upon application by the owner or lessor, or upon an inspection and determination by the Department that a motor vehicle is a Salvage Vehicle or Junk Vehicle, the Department shall issue a Salvage Title or Junk Vehicle Certificate, whichever is applicable.

(b) Upon notification by the owner or lessor, or upon an inspection and determination by the Department that a motor vehicle is a Flood Vehicle, the Department shall indicate on the vehicle’s title that the vehicle is a Flood Vehicle.

(c) If a title from another jurisdiction indicates that a vehicle is damaged or that its use is restricted in any way, the Director may include this information on any new title issued by the Department for the vehicle, including the jurisdiction previously recording the information.

(d) Upon notification by an insurance company pursuant to § 50-1331.02(d)(2)(B), or upon notification by the District of Columbia government of the government’s satisfaction of a total loss claim for a vehicle titled in the District of Columbia, the Department may, 10 days after mailing notice to the address on record, revoke the existing title and reissue a Salvage Title or Junk Vehicle Certificate, as applicable.


(Apr. 8, 2005, D.C. Law 15-307, § 104, 52 DCR 1700; Mar. 14, 2007, D.C. Law 16-279, § 205(b), 54 DCR 903; Feb. 18, 2017, D.C. Law 21-192, § 2(d), 63 DCR 15007.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-279 added subsec. (d).