Abandoned Vehicle

Public Property

With License Plates

You can report an abandoned vehicle with at least one fixed metal license plate or in-transit paper registration plate if it has been left on public property for at least 48 hours. Officers from your local police precinct will respond when they are not handling emergency situations. The vehicle's owner will be responsible for all towing and storage fees.

Without License Plates

You can report a vehicle without license plates abandoned on a City street or sidewalk. 

• If the abandoned vehicle meets the criteria to be classified as a derelict (i.e. junk) the Department of Sanitation will investigate and tag the vehicle. Once an abandoned derelict vehicle is tagged, it will be removed within three business days. 

• If the vehicle does not meet the criteria to be classified as derelict, the Department of Sanitation will tag the vehicle and refer it to your local police precinct for handling similar to a vehicle with license plates. 

Private Property

You can ask the Department of Sanitation to remove a vehicle without license plates that was abandoned by someone else on your private property. You must sign a waiver, make the vehicle accessible for removal, and pay a fee based on the price of scrap metal.

Make your request in writing to:
Derelict Vehicle Removal
Department of Sanitation
Central Correspondence Unit
59 Maiden Lane, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10038

Vehicles owned by the property owner are not eligible for this service.