How to Get a Title for an Abandoned Car in Arkansas

By Tia Shamoon

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If you have an abandoned vehicle on your property, whether private or business, or if you are a mechanic who hasn't been paid for your work, you may have a legal right to claim ownership of that vehicle. Your local county revenue offices can help you process a request to title your newly acquired vehicle.

Contact your local county revenue office, or the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration to make sure that you are in compliance with the vehicle abandonment laws (see Resources).

Contact the local police department and give them the vehicle's VIN (vehicle identification number) so they can run it through the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System to determine if the vehicle is stolen. The search will provide titling information and possibly the name(s) of the previous owner(s) and/or lien holder, as well as their contact information. The previous owner and lien holder will be notified and will then have 45 days to claim interest in the vehicle.

Request a lien release with the revenue office. The office will send notification to the previous lien holder, after which they will have 10 business days to reply or else the issued title will be sent to the new owner of the vehicle instead of the lien holder. If they do reply, they will fill out the lien release form that was sent to them that will state whether there is a lien against the vehicle.

File car title forms with your local revenue office. Once it is determined that the abandoned vehicle was not stolen and that you can legally title the vehicle, the revenue office will provide you with the titling forms and help you in processing them with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.

About the Author

Tia Shamoon has been writing online since 2009, specializing in topics such as interior decorating, party planning, history, family, frugal living and cooking. Shamoon earned her Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and history at the University of Central Arkansas and is currently pursuing her master's degree in teaching at Southern Arkansas University.

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