Self-Service Storage Facilities
Owners of Self-Service Storage Facilities (SSSF) will be allowed to sell at a public sale motor vehicles that are left in storage by defaulting renters/occupants as specified in Connecticut General Statutes sections 42-159 thru 42-168 as amended by PA 09-187 sections 45 and 46. Below are the steps SSSF must take in order to dispose of these vehicles.
Filing of Business Information:
This filing will be required only once but is a pre-requisite to disposing of any motor vehicle. To file your business information with DMV you must:
Complete a Self-Service Storage Facility Filing of Business Information (form H-123). Sales and Use Tax Permit Number MUST be provided.
Attach sample rental agreement.
Mail original form to the address listed on the form.
Upon receipt, DMV will notify you of approval or denial via regular mail or email (notification may be expedited by providing your email address on the H-123). Any changes in the information required by this form shall be made in writing and submitted to the DMV within ten days.
Obtaining Vehicle Information:
After the initial filing has been approved you can contact the DMV Dealers & Repairers Unit at (860) 263-5056 to obtain the name and address of any lien holder and name and address of the owner of the motor vehicle. (This information will be provide by mail only to the approved business address).
You will be required to provide your business information along with the make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle.
Note: If DMV does not have a record of the vehicle a Notice of Intent to Transfer can not be filed.
SSSF then has ten days to send certified letters to the owner and lienholder of the vehicle (letters must contain the information required in section 42-160 as amended by PA 09-187, section 46, and must indicate the facility intends to sell the vehicle at a public sale).
The address for the Dealers & Repairers Unit is:
DMV Dealers & Repairers Unit
60 State Street, Room 322
Wethersfield, CT 06161
Filing Notice of Intent to Transfer:
At least 60 days after date of default of the occupant, SSSF must:
Complete a Self-Service Storage Facility Notice of Intent to Transfer (form H-124) form for each vehicle it is selling.
Attach required documentation as specified on the form.
Mail original form with a check or money order made payable to DMV for $10 (a $10 fee must accompany each form).
Upon receipt, DMV will notify you if vehicle is approved or denied for sale.
Sale of Vehicle:
Once approved by DMV and at least ten days after publication in newspaper and notice to owner/lienholder, SSSF can hold a public sale. Sale must be advertised at least twice in a newspaper having a circulation in the town where the facility is located. Notice of the date, time and place of the sale must be sent by certified mail to the owner (if the owner is not the occupant) and any lienholder.
Transfer Vehicle to the Purchaser:
Upon sale of the vehicle at a public sale, SSSF must provide the following documents to the purchaser:
Proof of publication information (copies of both newspaper notices).
Proof that notice of the sale was sent to the owner and lienholder.
The purchaser of the vehicle will be required to obtain a VIN verification at a DMV location and meet any other requirements to register the vehicle.