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 Abandoned Vehicle Search 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 Abandoned Vehicles

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 by logging into your account under Custodian Services

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 Bill of Sale under Custodian Services


Abandoned Vehicles or Vessels - Custodians

Abandoned Vehicles or Vessels - Law Enforcement

Abandoned Vehicles or Vessels - Public