Revised September 2018

Abandoned Vehicle Sales Instructions- Albany County Sheriff’s Office

1)      Coordinate with local law enforcement to have a VIN Inspection on the vehicle you intend to hold a sale on. For vehicles inside city limits, call the Laramie Police Department at 307-721-2526 (VIN Inspections are Sunday-Wednesday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm). If the vehicle is outside of city limits call the Albany County Sheriff’s Office at 307-755-3520 to set up a VIN Inspection at deputies’ earliest convenience. Keep a copy of this document for your records and submission to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. The Albany County Sheriff’s Office is not responsible for making copies of submitted documents and CANNOT accept original documents.

2)      Fill out an “Application for Abandoned Vehicle Identification Request or Vehicle Record and Privacy Disclosure Release” form MV-220 which can be picked up at the Albany County Sherriff’s Office. Keep a filled out copy of this document for your records and submission to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. The Albany County Sheriff’s Office is not responsible for making copies of submitted documents and CANNOT accept original documents.

3)      Mail the above documents with a $5.00 fee to:

WYDOT

ATTN: Motor Vehicle Services

5300 Bishop Blvd

Cheyenne, WY 82009-3340

 

4)      WDOT will reply to this request with a document outlining the last known ownership and lien holder information (names and addresses). Make a copy of this document for submission to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. The Albany County Sheriff’s Office is not responsible for making copies of submitted documents and CANNOT accept original documents.

 

5)      Send VIA CERTIFIED MAIL a notice to the last known owner and (if applicable) lien holder with the following information:

  1.        Complete description of the year, make, model, license plate number and state indicator, and vehicle identification number.
  2.       Amount of money being claimed for expenses incident to the removal, preservation, custody storage ($10.00 per day) and sale.
  3.        Date, time and place of the sale.
  4.       Certified letters must be mailed to these parties not less than ten days preceding the date of the sale.
  5.        Make copies of the letters (content and envelope with proof of delivery via certified mail and certified delivery stubs) for submission to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. The Albany County Sheriff’s Office is not responsible for making copies of submitted documents and CANNOT accept original documents.

 

6)      Mail or personally deliver a notice with the same information outlined in #5 to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. Notice to the Sheriff’s Office must be submitted not less than ten days preceding the date of the sale. 

 

7)      The same information outlined in #5 must be published once per week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper or general circulation in the county where the vehicle was abandoned. Notify the newspaper to publish as an Abandoned Vehicle Sale.  Request an Affidavit of Publication from the newspaper, and copies of the newspaper notice. Make copies of these documents for submission to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. The Albany County Sheriff’s Office is not responsible for making copies of submitted documents and CANNOT accept original documents.

 

8)      At any time prior to the sale, the owner or lien holder on record may reclaim the vehicle upon payment of expenses incident to removal,preservation, custody, storage and sale.

  1.        The owner or lien holder is entitled to recover from the person selling the vehicle any proceeds of the sale in excess of the costs of the sale and monies owed for the related expenses, if any, provided an action is filed in the proper court for recovery within 120 days of the sale.

 

9)      The vehicle may be sold by the owner or person in lawful control of the property at public auction to the highest bidder, or may be sold following and action filed pursuant to W.S. 31-13-112 (e).

 

10)  After the sale has taken place, COPIES of all the above mentioned documents must be submitted to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office by the successful bidder. The Albany County Sheriff’s Office is not responsible for making copies of submitted documents and CANNOT accept original documents.

 

11)  The documents submitted will be reviewed by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, which will ensure all information in consistent throughout all documents (exact match of VIN numbers, year, make, model of vehicle, date, time, place of sale, etc.)

 

12)  If all documents submitted to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office are deemed as accurate and correct- a certificate of sale will be created in the name of the successful bidder.

  1.        A $7.50 fee will be collected for the creation of said certificate of sale. If written as a check, make payable to the Albany County Treasurer’s Office; if paying in cash, bring exact change.
  2.       An additional $5.00 fee will be collected for notarization of the certificate of sale. If written as a check, make payable to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office; if paying in cash, bring exact change.

13)  All original documents and certificates of sale may be taken to the Albany County Clerk’s Office for further processing.

 

For additional information please call our office at (307) 755-3520 or The Wyoming Department of Motor Vehicle Services at (307) 777-4883 or visit their website at  http://www.dot.state.wy.us

SAMPLE TEMPLATE FOR ABANDONED VEHICLE NEWSPAPER ADVERTISEMENT

NOTICE is hereby given that on MONDAY, JANUARY 1ST, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. at 100 Grand Ave, Laramie WY 82070 the following vehicle(s) will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder. The owner and description of the vehicle(s) is listed below. The abandoned vehicle(s) will be sold by John Smith pursuant to W.S.S. 31-13-109 for expenses incurred and incident to the removal, preservation, custody, storage and sale of the vehicle(s). Storage expenses are computed at the rate of twenty dollars ($20.00) per day.
Owner: Jane Johnson. 1990 Ford F-150 VIN: 1FMNUCK12KF48TC21. License plate WY5-1234. Amount owed: TWO THOUSAND AND TWENTY DOLLARS ($2,020.00) Plus expenses of the sale.
Publish January 1st and January 7th.

Underlined sections to be updated to match your needs. Information in the newspaper notice must match information mailed to the owners/lien holder(s) and the notice given to the Sheriff’s Office.