How can I file for a lost title?

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In most cases, obtaining a duplicate title is as easy as completing a form and mailing it, along with any other required documents and applicable fees, to the agency that handles titles and registrations in your state. Some states might allow you to submit these materials in person, and others might even provide options such as phone or online application.

Note that in order to find out which documents you’ll need to file for a lost title, you’ll need to call or visit the Web site of your state’s DMV or the agency in your state that handles titles and registrations. Each state has its own procedures, so it’s best to call or visit the site before you get started.

Keep in mind that a car title is a pretty important document to have; not only does it prove you’re the owner of the vehicle, but also it’s necessary during certain vehicle transactions (for example, you need your car title in order to register your vehicle and update your vehicle’s registration as well as if you ever want to sell or trade your vehicle). Therefore, it’s best to file for a lost title as soon as you realize your original is gone and likely isn’t coming back.


Is the form online? Can I mail the form, other related documents, and fees? Can I submit in person the form, other related documents, and fees?
Alabama
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Alaska
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Arizona
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Arkansas
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Submit in person if you're in the state; mail in if you're out of the state.
California
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Colorado
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Submit in person if you're in the state; mail in if you're out of the state.
Connecticut
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Submit in person if the title number is 20,000,000 or higher; mail in if the title number is below 20,000,000.
Delaware
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Florida
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Georgia
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Georgia offers alternatives for out-of-state people.
Hawaii Form availability and application methods vary by county.
Idaho
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Illinois
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You must obtain a form at your SOS office.
Indiana
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You can apply for speed titles at the Indianapolis Dealers and Special Sales Division.
Iowa
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Kansas
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Kentucky
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Louisiana
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Maine
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Maryland
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You can also apply online.
Massachusetts
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Michigan
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Mail-in option for out-of-state people. Same-day titles available at branches that offer instant titling services.
Minnesota
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Mississippi
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Missouri
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Montana
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Nebraska
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Nevada
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New Hampshire
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New Jersey
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New Mexico
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Submit in person if you're in the state; mail in if you're out of the state.
New York
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You can also apply online.
North Carolina
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North Dakota
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Ohio
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Oklahoma
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Oregon
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Pennsylvania
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Rhode Island
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Must submit at the Pawtucket DMV location.
South Carolina
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South Dakota
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Tennessee
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Texas
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Utah
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Vermont
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Must be submitted at the main DMV office in Montpelier unless your local branch handles title transactions.
Virginia
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You can also apply online or by phone.
Washington
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West Virginia
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Wisconsin
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Wyoming
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Washington DC
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