How To Get a Rebuilt Title in Mississippi

How to Get Rebuilt Title in Mississippi

A rebuilt title verifies that a previously deemed total loss vehicle, declared by an insurance company, has undergone repairs and is now deemed roadworthy.

To get a rebuilt title in Mississippi, first apply for a salvage title. After restoring the salvaged vehicle to its original state, apply for a rebuilt title once it successfully passes the salvage inspection.

Let’s take a closer look at how to get a rebuilt title in Mississippi!

Key Takeaways

  • In Mississippi, you cannot operate a salvage vehicle legally on public roads without a rebuilt tile.
  • You must first get a salvage title.
  • The salvage inspection costs $75 and must be complete.
  • After passing the inspection, you can proceed with the rebuilt title application and pay the $9 title fee.


What Is a Rebuilt Title?

A rebuilt title is a certification that renders a previously salvaged titled vehicle as safe and roadworthy.

To qualify for a rebuilt title in Mississippi, you must first obtain a salvage title. Then, you must apply for the rebuilt title after the salvaged vehicle is repaired to its original condition.

How To Get a Rebuilt Title in Mississippi

Here's the basic process for getting a rebuilt title in Mississippi:

  • Apply for a salvage title from the Mississippi Department of Revenue
  • Make the required repairs on the vehicle.
  • Once the repairs are complete, take your vehicle to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety for inspection.
  • Submit all necessary documents to the DMV.
  • Pay the $9 rebuilt title fee.

Getting a Salvage Title in Mississippi

Salvage vehicles have undergone damage caused by floods, fires, accidents, collisions, theft, or similar incidents.

The vehicle must have been fully compensated after its owners have filed claims for total loss.

Additionally, the car must be less than 9 model years old and valued at $1,501 or more.

To apply for a salvage title in Mississippi, you will have to:

  1. If the vehicle does not have a title, obtain the original title from its owner (if applicable).
  2. Within 72 hours, deliver the title to a nearby tax collector's office.
  3. Complete the corresponding titling application the tax collector's office provided.
  4. Fill out the odometer disclosure statement as required.
  5. Provide a signed statement on the company letterhead with a detailed description of the damages and expected repairs.
  6. Submit all the necessary documents to the Mississippi Department of Revenue.
  7. Pay the applicable titling fees as required.

You will be issued a salvage title certificate after processing your application.

Salvaged Car Inspections in Mississippi

Once you have successfully reconstructed your salvaged vehicle, you must undergo a comprehensive salvaged car inspection conducted by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Before heading to the inspection, gather these documents:

  1. The salvage title that was signed over to you by your insurance company.
  2. A completed Application for Inspection of a Salvage/Rebuilt (Form 78-021).
  3. Colored photographs of the damaged vehicle before the repairs. The application provides explicit instructions on capturing the images and their proper attachment.
  4. Bills of sale and invoices for each part utilized during the repair process.
    • Sale documents on the replacement of significant parts must be notarized.
    • All bills of sale and invoices must include the following:
    • Seller's name and contact information.
    • Make, model, year, and vehicle identification number of the car from which the parts were originally sourced.
  1. A certified check payable to the "Department of Public Safety" for the $75 inspection fee.
    • The DPS mandates this fee regardless of whether your vehicle passes or fails the inspection, and it applies to each subsequent re-inspection, if necessary.

Make two extra copies of all original documents for the agency's records, and you must arrange the paperwork in the following order:

  • Application for inspection, salvage title.
  • Parts receipts.
  • Notarized work order (if applicable).
  • The colored photos.

If your vehicle:

  • Pass the inspection; the inspector will provide you with a Completion of Vehicle Inspection (Form 78-022), enabling you to proceed with the application for a rebuilt title.
  • Fails the inspection, the inspector will tell you the required repairs that need to be carried out. You must bring your vehicle in for another inspection after completing the repairs.

Submitting the Documentation To Get a Rebuilt Title in Mississippi

After going through an inspection, submit the following documents and items to your local tax collector's office:

  1. A duly completed Application for Inspection of a Salvage/Rebuilt (Form 78-021).
  2. The Completion of Vehicle Inspection (Form 78-022) issued by the inspector.
    • You will receive this form upon completing the inspection with your repaired vehicle.
  1. All the bills of sale and invoices you provided during the salvage inspection.
  2. The rebuilt title fee of $9.

How Much Does a Rebuilt Title Cost in Mississippi?

Aside from the cost to repair the vehicle, here are the fees you can expect to pay:

  • Rebuilt title fee: $9
  • DOR Fast Track Title Program for salvage title: $30
  • Service fee: $1
  • Inspection fee: $75

Salvage Title vs. Branded Title

A salvage title refers explicitly to a vehicle deemed a total loss by an insurance company due to significant damage.

On the other hand, a branded title is a general term encompassing different designations used to identify a vehicle's history and condition, including salvage titles.

Insuring a Vehicle With a Rebuilt Title in Mississippi

You can typically insure a vehicle with a rebuilt title in Mississippi. However, insuring a vehicle with a rebuilt title may be more challenging and potentially expensive.

Insurance companies usually perceive rebuilt title vehicles as having a higher risk due to their previous damage and repairs.


In Mississippi, if you want to make a car that was once considered too damaged to drive legal again, you need to get a rebuilt title. First, you need to get a salvage title. This is for cars that have been heavily damaged but are then fixed up.

Once your car is repaired and back in good shape, it has to pass a special inspection to prove it's safe to drive. After it passes the inspection, you can submit the rebuilt title application and pay the $9 fee. It's all about making sure your car is safe and meets all the legal requirements to be back on the road.

Learn about the rebuilt title process in all states by reading our guides!



Frequently Asked Questions

What is the fee for a rebuilt title?

The fee for a rebuilt title in Mississippi is currently $9.

Can I operate my salvaged vehicle on public roads with a salvage title?

No, you can only drive your salvaged vehicle on public roads when traveling to and from the salvage inspection. Once your vehicle is repaired and passes the inspection, you can apply for a rebuilt title, which grants you legal permission to operate the vehicle on public roadways.

Can I sell a vehicle with a rebuilt title?

Yes, you can sell a vehicle with a rebuilt title. However, it's essential to disclose the rebuilt status to potential buyers and provide accurate information about the vehicle's history.

How long does it take to get a rebuilt title in Mississippi?

The process of obtaining a rebuilt title in Mississippi can take several months. The duration may depend on various factors, including the time required to complete the necessary repairs on the salvaged vehicle.

Can I get a clean title for a rebuilt vehicle in Mississippi?

No, Mississippi does not issue clean titles for previously salvaged vehicles. Instead, you will receive a title that bears a specific stamp indicating the nature of the previous damage, such as "rebuilt," "rebuilt hail," or "rebuilt flood," depending on the type of damage the vehicle sustained.

Can you insure a car with a rebuilt title in Mississippi?

Yes, you can get insurance for a car with a rebuilt title. However, you may only be able to get limited coverage or an more expensive plan.