The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office does VIN Inspections on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am – 11am and 1pm – 3pm.  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.

If the above schedule does not meet your needs, the Kalispell Police Department does VIN inspections per deputy availability; no appointment is required. The Montana Highway Patrol does VIN inspections on Tuesdays ONLY from 11:00 – 3:00 p.m.  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.