How to Replace a Lost Title

Mailing Application

1.

Print a copy of the title application, located on the Department of Motor Vehicles' website.

2.

Copy the owner's valid identification. Accepted forms of valid identification include state drivers license, military identification, state identification cards, passport or any other U.S. government-issued photo identification.

3.

Place copy of identification, certified application and money order or check for mail-in fee in an envelope and mail it to the DMV office in your area.

In Person

1.

Visit the DMV office in your area. The address can be found on the Department of Motor Vehicle website on in the telephone book.

2.

Complete a certified copy of the title application.

3.

Provide a vaild identification and check, credit card or cash payment for processing fee to the cashier.

Tips and Warnings

  • An agent of the vehicle owner may apply for a copy of the vehicle title in person with a letter of signature authority on original letterhead, a copy of the agent's employee ID or a business card.
  • If using a power of attorney, the applicant must include a photo identification of the person who signed the power of attorney and a photo identification of the recorded owner signing the power of attorney.
  • The title of a vehicle proves ownership and offers statistical information about the vehicle. The title is necessary when trying to purchase or sell a vehicle. When a title is lost, it is the owner's responsibility to replace it as quickly as possible. Replacing the title requires requesting a certified copy from the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state where the vehicle was registered.