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NOTE:  A $40 inspection fee will be charged at the time of inspection. This fee is waived for active Military or if the applicant is the current registered owner. Only forms of payment are cash, cashier’s check, and money order.


The Auto Theft / Burglary Unit Investigates the theft and recovery of stolen vehicles. Within the Auto Theft/Burglary Unit is the Auto Theft Task Force, which is grant funded to work proactively on auto thefts.

The Auto Theft Task Force proactively investigates auto theft rings and auto theft trends in the community.

The Theft / Burglary Unit is located on the third floor of the Main Police Station located at 321 John Sartain, Corpus Christi, TX. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you would like to speak to an Auto Theft Detective about a case or a stolen vehicle, please call (361) 886-2841 to make an appointment.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need an appointment to get my trailer inspected? No, 68A inspections are done at the City Impound lot. Beginning May 1, 2021, inspections will be held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Please note that vehicles must be in line by 10 a.m. The CCPD vehicle impound lot is located at 5485 Greenwood Drive. The Department of Public Safety conducts inspections by appointment only by calling (361) 698-5691.
  • Why does the city require me to get my trailer inspected even though it is less than 4,000 lbs?
    The Corpus Christi Police Department does not require you to get a 68A completed on your trailer, but the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles does. According to Texas Transportation Code 501.032, any item that was never assigned a VIN or item that the VIN has been lost, removed, or obliterated; must get one in order to register that item. In this case, that item is a trailer. The CCPD Auto Theft Task Force conducts the 68A inspections on Wednesday mornings in order to assist the citizens of Corpus and surrounding counties with obtaining a VIN through TXDOT.


Auto Burglary or Auto Theft?

Auto Burglary - Just as Burglary is the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft, so is auto burglary. A vehicle / auto is a structure. Example: A person comes out of the movies to find the glass window broken or the door locked pried open and his CDs missing.

Auto Theft - As defined by UCR, auto theft is "the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle." Example: A person comes out of a restaurant to find her car is not longer there.

If you would like to schedule an auto theft presentation for your community or organization, click here.