Michigan Auto Lost & Found

Michigan Auto Lost & Found

Michigan's Auto Lost & Found system is undergoing improvement to create a better customer experience.  Please visit this page again to be directed to the new application starting Tuesday, February 19, 2019.


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