The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office does VIN Inspections on Mondays through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   All vehicles must be brought to the Sheriff’s Office, as we do not do on-site inspections. 

This service is provided to the public at no charge. All vehicles must be brought to the agency, as they also do not perform on-site inspections.


  • If OUTSIDE city limits, please call the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) at 1-800-525-5555.  The local number is (406) 755-6688.
  • If INSIDE city limits please call:
    • Kalispell Police Department:            (406) 758-7780 
      Whitefish Police Department:          (406) 863-2420 
      Columbia Falls Police Department:   (406) 892-3234


  • If abandoned for 48 hours on a public highway, call the Montana Highway Patrol at 1-800-525-5555.  The local number is (406) 755-6688.  If abandoned on a county road, call the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 758-5610. If abandoned on a city street, please call the local Police Department
  • Kalispell Police Department:            (406) 758-7780
  • Whitefish Police Department:           (406) 863-2420
  • Columbia Falls Police Department:   (406) 892-3234
    • If abandoned on private property:  After 5 days, you can call any tow company to have it towed at the owner’s expense.  If the tow company requires a case report number before it will tow the vehicle, please call non-emergency dispatch at (406) 758-5610 and select the option for reaching a deputy.