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How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Florida

For Florida residents who have recently lost their car title copy, it is crucial you replace your lost car title as soon as possible.

Reporting Your Car Title Stolen

It is advisable that you report your lost or stolen car title to local law enforcement. Doing so will help minimize the chances of fraud and putting yourself in an unfavorable situation, and all that is required of you is to fill out a form provided by local law enforcement officials.

How to Replace Car Title

You can replace a car title:

  1. In person
  2. By mail

In Person

The state of Florida requires drivers to obtain a duplicate car title in one of two ways: either in person or by mail. If you choose to replace lost car title documentation in person, then you will need to pay a visit to your local tax county collector's office. An agent will be able to assist you with all your needs and any queries you may have. Before making your way to a nearby tax county collector's office, you will need to gather a few, essential documents that will facilitate your car title replacement. Without the required documents for a new car title, you may be asked to return with the proper paperwork at a later date. Therefore, make sure to have the following items with you:

By Mail

If you feel more comfortable replacing car title papers via mail, then all you have to do is submit your vehicle title replacement application and requested fees to the county tax collector office of your choice. You may want to call the office ahead of time and find out if they offer expedited services. As a general rule of thumb, the Department of Motor Vehicles processes your auto title replacement application in roughly five or so business days.

Replace Online

The state of Florida does not allow drivers to get a car title replacement online. Instead, you will be required to either make an in-person visit to your local tax county collector's office, or submit your request for a duplicate car title by mail.

Replacement Title Fees

The vehicle title fees vary in Florida, depending on the vehicle you own and other factors. They are as follows:
  • For out-of-state car title: $85.25
  • To add a lien to a car title: $74.25
  • Expedited car title: $85.25
  • Paper car title for new vehicles: $77.25
  • Electronic car title for vehicles previously registered in Florida: $75.25

How to Replace Car Title When in Military

If you are a driver who is currently in the military and stationed outside of Florida, you can easily request a vehicle title replacement via mail. To do so, you simply need to follow the same standard mailing process: Send out a completed Application for Duplicate or Lost in Transit/Reassignment for a Motor Vehicle, Mobile Home or Vessel Title Certificate, along with any applicable fees. For a complete list of auto title replacement fees, visit Florida's Schedule of Motor Vehicle and Mobile Home Title and Lien Fees webpage.

Steps to Take if Title Is Damaged

In the event your title document has been damaged rather than lost or stolen, it is your responsibility to turn in the document to the local FL DMV office. Once you have done that you will be able to provide the following and complete the replacement process:

If Title Is Found After Obtaining Duplicate

There is a chance that you locate your lost vehicle title after obtaining a replacement. If that is the case, then you must simply destroy your old title. This is because it has been rendered invalid since the issuance of your most recent document.

Reviews of How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Florida


I added a lien to my car title and the TAX COLLECTOR said they would mail it back with the lien's information. However, I never received back in the mail. What do I do???

How do I get a copy of a copy of a vehicle title of a desceased family member? The vehicle does not have a lien. It was actually paid in full 2 months prior to his death, approximately 1 1/2 years ago. Does anyone know what steps to take in order to get a title copy? The vehicle is no longer in Florida, it is with family members in another state. The tags expire next month.

Paid for title and registration during the loan closing 5 years ago, went to get my title from FLDMV and they said I must pay for my title again, for 78.25..this was paid in the loan process, and they do not own the car I do, yet they are withholding my title.

Does anyone know specific FL locations that off same day duplicate title service?

can we mail in the paperwork for a duplicate title for our auto

GOUGING - if anything, the 'fee' should be 10 or 20 dollars, at most!

Just called 850 617-2000 Average wait time is 95 minutes. I hope it's a joke!!

This is incorrect! I just paid $78.25 + 7.50 (for same day). This information is old!!

I was just there too and it was going to be $87.75 for same day!!!!

It's Ok. with amount of money if you really lost your vehicle title. It's so ridiculous for me as a lady from the Florida Highway Safety Motor Vehicle Dep told me sending $87.75 to get duplicate title due to lost the title and because she ready sent me twice the vehicle paper title I completely get shock because I 've never received any paper vehicle title from them. I 've spent over two months, over ten times, every time is over 160 min to contact FHSMV to ask about my matter that I used online to get my E title be a paper tittle . the FHSMV customer agents told me just wait, fill in form 82101,wait, and wait. Finally today, she, Customer service Manager told me that my title is lost and I have to pay $ to get duplicated vehicle title. It is awful and I do not know that I can trust to the FHSMV anymore for E Vehicle Title or some else!!!!

Its all a scam. I moved to Georgia a few months ago, applied for a new title because i lost mine, the replacement never showed. The lady told me to pay another $10 to do certified mail. Finally I got it in the mail. I had to get my toyota title from them two months ago, again they charged $80, then today i got my letter in the mail where the person never sealed it so the title fell out, guess they are going to need another $10 so they actually do their job correctly