When do I collect the $40 abandoned fee?

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

The $40 abandoned fee is collected when you sell the vehicle or vessel, or if the owner redeems it. Twenty-five dollars of the fee is forwarded to the Michigan Department of State. Some municipalities may also require you to collect additional fees. If you have questions, please contact the Abandoned Vehicle Help Desk at 517-636-5234.

Please note that you do not need to remit the $25 fee if the purchase price of an abandoned vehicle or vessel sold at public auction does not cover all applicable fees (e.g. towing and storage, police agency or custodian expenses, and the $40 abandoned fee). 


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