Michigan Auto Lost & Found

Michigan Auto Lost & Found

Please note: Vehicles includes motor vehicles, ORVs, and snowmobiles. Vessel includes watercraft.

Nationwide, abandoned vehicles and vessels pose an environmental, health and safety hazard. They also lower property-values and have a negative impact on our quality of life. The task of identifying and removing junk cars and boats diverts local, county, and state government resources from more serious issues such as protecting the public and crime prevention.

Michigan is taking action to protect the public as well as the beauty and integrity of its communities. Michigan passed legislation in 2005 and 2014 to help reduce the number of abandoned vehicles and vessels. The laws streamlined the procedures for identifying and processing abandoned vehicles and vessels, while protecting the rights of owners.

The Michigan Auto Lost & Found Website provides owners, law enforcement, and "custodians" (towing agencies, law enforcement agencies and municipal impound lots) with the tools needed to combat this problem.

Search for an abandoned vehicle
Obtain information about:
- The definition of an abandoned vehicle or vessel
- Claiming an abandoned vehicle or vessel
- Challenging abandoned status or towing fees
Penalties for abandoning a vehicle or vessel
Abandoning a vehicle or vessel is considered "littering"   
How to find the VIN, HIN, or Serial Number  
- Glossary of Terms
Report disposition of a vehicle
Obtain a form to set up an Electronic Funds Transfer Account
Obtain a custodian consent form PDF icon
Request for TR-52L Abandoned Vehicle/Vessel Bill of Sale PDF icon
Obtain a replacement TR-52L form
Obtain a Certificate of Scrapping (TR-208)
Abandoned Vehicles or Vessels - Custodians
Abandoned Vehicles or Vessels - Law Enforcement
Abandoned Vehicles or Vessels - Public