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Virginia Sheriffs' Institute
Supporting Virginia’s Sheriffs & Deputies

The General Assembly passed new legislation that enables localities to require by ordinance licensed salvage dealers, demolishers, rebuilders, salvage pools and vehicle removal operators to report to local police/sheriff the purchase, exchange or acquisition of a salvage or scrap vehicles.

Once passed by the local governing body, the ordinance may require licensees to record and report to police/sheriff a description of each vehicle purchased, exchanged or acquired including, but not limited to the date of receipt of the vehicle, its make, year, model, identification number, name and address of the person from whom it was acquired, the vehicle’s title number and state of issuance.  The ordinance may also require a photocopy of the seller’s driver’s license, state identification card, official U.S. Military identification card, or any other form of personal identification with photograph and a digital photograph of the seller and vehicle he is selling or exchanging.

By such ordinance, localities may assess and retain fines of up to $2,500 for violations.