Iowa law requires all vehicles designated “salvage” or vehicles that have a “salvage” title to be physically examined by a peace officer who has been certified by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy to conduct inspections prior to issuance of an Iowa vehicle registration.

Cost of examination is $50.00.  Customers will need to use the internet to apply for a VTE (vehicle theft examination) and make payment with the electronic system before contacting our office to schedule the exam.

Contact Chief Deputy Chris Knouse at the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 641-782-7717, Monday thru Friday from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM to set up an examination.


Below is a link to video with instructions in case customers have questions about completing the on-line application process:

Online Application

The following link is where you complete the necessary information and make payment before setting up the exam:

Forms and Permits

Affidavit of Salvage Vehicle Repair Forms are available along with a Permit to Drive on the Internet at

Customers can print the form themselves and make the signature certifying the vehicle is under their liability to operate to an inspection site location and to its return to their residence.