How to Get a Car Title in Pennsylvania

1.

Fill out the application for duplicate certificate of title (Form MV-38 O). A link is included under Resources. Include the vehicle identification number as well as the name and address that is listed on your registration. Write your driver license number and date of birth in the appropriate section.

2.

Take the form to a local Pennsylvania notary. Sign the "vehicle owner's notarization" portion in the presence of the notary. The form will then be stamped by the notary.

3.

Go to your local Pennsylvania Department of Transportation office. Verify that it has your current address in its computer system. Pay $22.50 for the duplicate title fee (as of 2010) and provide your completed MV-38 form. Wait three to four weeks to receive your new car title.

Tips and Warnings

  • If your vehicle was purchased with a loan, you may have a lien holder listed on your title. You will need to have the lien holder fill out the "satisfaction of lien and lien holder notarization" section of the form before taking it to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation office. The lien holder will do this for you as long as your loan has been paid off.
  • Instead of visiting your local Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, you can mail your completed MV-38 form along with your $22.50 duplicate title fee to the following address: PA Department of Transportation, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Harrisburg, PA 17104-2516.
  • If your car title was stolen, you will need to report it to law enforcement. You will be given a report, which you need to include with your form when you submit it to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
  • If your car title has been lost, defaced or stolen you will need a replacement. In Pennsylvania, this is a process that can be completed without too much hassle.