How do I get a replacement title?

The process is usually pretty simple: You’ll fill out a form, submit it along with any other required documents and fees, and wait for your replacement title.

However, as is the case with most vehicle transactions, the fine print related to obtaining a replacement car title varies from state to state.

The grid below outlines whether you can:

  • Obtain the duplicate title application online. If your state doesn’t offer the form online you’ll need to call or visit your motor vehicle agency for a copy.
  • Mail the application, additional kinds of paperwork, and fees to your motor vehicle agency.
  • Submit the application, additional kinds of paperwork, and fees in person at your motor vehicle agency.

A handful of states allow you to apply by phone; check the notes for your state in the grid to see if your state does.

Note that application forms for a duplicate title generally include a list of the other kinds of paperwork you’ll need and fees; if yours doesn’t, or if your state requires you to complete the transaction in person, you’ll need to contact your motor vehicle agency for a list.

Also keep in mind that your state might have special instructions depending on why you need a replacement title. For example, if your car title is damaged or destroyed, your state might require you to submit what’s left of it or trash it altogether. If you have a lost title, your state might require you to submit it if you run across it in the future. Be sure to find out.


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

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