How can I claim or redeem my vehicle or vessel once it is declared abandoned?

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

You have 20 days from the date of the notice sent by the Secretary of State to redeem your vehicle or vessel by paying the towing, storage, and abandoned fees to the custodian. The secured party may redeem the vehicle or vessel after 10 days from the date of notice, by paying the towing, storage, and abandoned fees to the custodian. Some municipalities may also require you to pay additional fines or fees.

Your Notice of Abandoned Vehicle/Vessel form (TR-52E) tells you where your vehicle or vessel is located. You may also Search for an Abandoned Vehicle by entering your vehicle’s VIN, or plate number. Please contact the Abandoned Vehicle Help Desk at 517-636-5234 concerning an abandoned vessel or snowmobile. You will need the HIN or serial number for the vessel or snowmobile. You may be required to show proof of ownership before redeeming the vehicle or vessel.

If you do not redeem the vehicle or vessel, or request a hearing within 20 days, the secured party may obtain release of the vehicle or vessel by paying the towing, storage, and abandoned fees.

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