Lien Sales – DMV – What is a lien sale on a vehicle?

Posted on June 6, 2019

What is a lien sale on a vehicle?


If a person has repaired, furnished supplies or materials, towed or stored a vehicle AND has not been paid for the services rendered, that person has a lien against the vehicle. The lien arises at the time the registered owner is presented with a written statement of charges for completed work or services.

If the vehicle is towed by a public agency or private towing company, the lien arises when the vehicle is towed or transported. The lien may be satisfied by selling the vehicle through the lien sale process.LIEN SALE-DMV

To conduct a lien sale, the person/lienholder must have possession of the vehicle and have lien sale authorization from DMV. Interested parties, including the registered and legal owners of record will be notified before the sale occurs.

If the vehicle’s value is $4,000 or less, the registered and legal owners of record will be notified by the party conducting the lien. If the vehicle’s value is greater than $4,000, DMV notifies all interested parties.

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