Junk Vehicles

A junk vehicle is defined by law as any "discarded, ruined, wrecked, or dismantled motor vehicle, including component parts, which is not lawfully and validly licensed and remains inoperative or incapable of being driven."

To meet this definition, a vehicle must be:

  • On private property;
  • Visible from a public roadway;
  • Inoperable; and
  • Unregistered.

Vehicles that have been abandoned on a city street must be reported to the police department. The health department will not haul them away until the police have declared the vehicle abandoned.

Some vehicles have little or no parts value, and the private wrecking facility may not be interested in buying or hauling your junk vehicle.  If this is the case, we can arrange to haul and dispose of your junk vehicle at no out-of-pocket expense to you.

If you would like our office to haul away your junk vehicle, fill out the release form and submit it to our office. We will provide you with a special sticker to place on the vehicle. Within about 2 weeks of receipt of the release form by the haulers, your vehicle will be hauled away.

Junk Vehicle Release Form

State of Montana Junk Vehicle Website 

Find Us

Environmental Services
City-County Building
316 North Park, Room 230
Helena, MT 59623
406-447-8351
Fax: 406-447-8398


Junk Vehicles

A junk vehicle is defined by law as any "discarded, ruined, wrecked, or dismantled motor vehicle, including component parts, which is not lawfully and validly licensed and remains inoperative or incapable of being driven."

To meet this definition, a vehicle must be:

  • On private property;
  • Visible from a public roadway;
  • Inoperable; and
  • Unregistered.

Vehicles that have been abandoned on a city street must be reported to the police department. The health department will not haul them away until the police have declared the vehicle abandoned.

Some vehicles have little or no parts value, and the private wrecking facility may not be interested in buying or hauling your junk vehicle.  If this is the case, we can arrange to haul and dispose of your junk vehicle at no out-of-pocket expense to you.

If you would like our office to haul away your junk vehicle, fill out the release form and submit it to our office. We will provide you with a special sticker to place on the vehicle. Within about 2 weeks of receipt of the release form by the haulers, your vehicle will be hauled away.

Junk Vehicle Release Form

State of Montana Junk Vehicle Website 

Find Us

Environmental Services
City-County Building
316 North Park, Room 230
Helena, MT 59623
406-447-8351
Fax: 406-447-8398