Abandoned Vehicles

What is an abandoned vehicle?

A vehicle is considered abandoned if it has been in the same public location for at least three consecutive days. Most often, it will be damaged or missing critical components, such as the engine, wheels, tires or plates.

The procedures governing these vehicles vary depending on the location of the abandoned vehicle, i.e., private or public property, or repair facility; or if the vehicle is an abandoned mobile home.  Details for each scenario are provided below.

Abandoned Vehicles on Private Property

This procedure covers vehicles abandoned on private property in New Jersey. By law, all such vehicles must be put up for public sale/auction. However, if a sale cannot be completed through an auction, the property owner may apply for a title in their name only.  This procedure is governed by N.J.S.A. 39:4-56.6.

The Procedures for Vehicles Abandoned on Private Propert is available online.  The packet contains several forms (OS/SS-138; SS-58; DO-22; OS/SS-135; OS/SS-136; OS/SS-139; and OS/SS-140) with a total of 16 pages.  If you choose to download the packet, ensure you have all the forms