How to Apply for a Lost Car Title

Written by J. Hirby and Fact Checked by The Law Dictionary Staff  

Instead of doing a search online for your state's DMV office, save time and effort by going to the website www.dmv.org as they have information for each state at the click of a few buttons. Start by selecting the tab called registration and titling. Then look for the option called replacing a lost title. This will bring up a map of the United States. Select the appropriate state and the options to replace your car title will be listed. Each state may have different options.

One of the choices for your state may be to click on something like application for duplicate certificate of title. Once you click on that, it will take you directly to the application you need to complete. The application will include instructions to complete the form and what steps must be taken to obtain a replacement title. Each state will have different procedures, prices, and required information to replace the title.

Common information that is needed on the application for a replacement title includes the vehicle's VIN number, make, model, and year, legal owner's name, address, and driver's license information, and details on any outstanding loans on the car. Often, the person applying for the lost title will need to have their signature notarized.

One option for submitting the application is to mail the application to the address listed on the form along with a check or money order for the applicable fee. Titles are issued by the state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV will mail the title to you.

The state's DMV is located in the state capitol. If you live in that city, you can go down to the DMV to complete the application and pay the fee.

Some states offer the option of going to a tag office in a county near you. DMV.org will provide a list of tag offices. They are located in the city or county government building. Other tag offices are run by private individuals who are authorized by the state government to act on its behalf.

It is called a tag office as people can title and tag their vehicles there. Just take the replacement title application and fee to one of the tag offices and they will handle submitting the payment and the application to the state for you.

Some states allow you to apply for a replacement car title online.

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