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How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in New Jersey

You may apply for a duplicate vehicle title if your original title is lost, stolen, or damaged. A vehicle with a missing title cannot be bought or sold, so owners must apply for and obtain a replacement before they can sell their vehicle.

WHAT YOU NEED WHEN APPLYING FOR A DUPLICATE/REPLACEMENT TITLE

  1. Complete the Application for Duplicate Certificate of Ownership form, making sure to indicate on the form that you are applying for a duplicate title.
  2. Once completed, you must have the application form properly notarized.
  3. A copy of the current or expired registration and proof of insurance must also be submitted.
  4. If your title shows a lien holder, you must include a statement from the current/old lien holder with the following points:
  5. Owners' name.
  6. Vehicle information - model, year and Vehicle Identification Number.
  7. A letter stating that the title is not in his/her possession and that the vehicle was paid for in full.
  8. If your original title is damaged or mutilated, you must return the original title when applying for a replacement and include a letter stating the reason for the damage, your name and address, vehicle information including model, year and Vehicle Identification Number.

FEES

Along with your application form and the other materials, you must submit a $25 duplicate title fee for a lost or stolen license and a $20 duplicate title fee for a damaged/mutilated title. Checks and money orders should be payable to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Cash is not accepted.

SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION

You can submit the application and fees for a duplicate title, in case of the original being lost or stolen, at your local MVC Agency, or mail the package to:

State of New Jersey

Motor Vehicle Commission

Special Services

P.O. Box 017

Trenton, New Jersey 08666-0017

You can submit the application and fees for a duplicate title, in case of the original being mutilated or damaged, at your local MVC Agency, or mail the package to:

Motor Vehicle Commission

Database Correction Unit

P.O. Box 141

225 E. State Street

Trenton, NJ 08666-0141

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Reviews of How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in New Jersey

Have tried to contact previous owner of car to have them get duplicate title and to no avail. We did everything we could to locate the previous by mail to addresses that were listed on title, online search and calling the phone number for the addresses that we had. We need the title in order to be able to do anything at DMV.

I bought a buick skylark 1993 on March of 09 and my title was stolen and it's hard for me to get a duplicate because i bought the car from cregslist and i dont remember the previous owners name.How can i get help because i cant sell or re-register my vehicle.Thank you

I recently purchased a 1970 buick with New Jersey title.Upon getting home i saw the owner had signed the title in her married name & title is registered in her maiden name.SCDMV will not accept it like that.Can i apply for a damaged title in NJ or will the previous owner have to apply for a damaged title now?

Thanks

I live in New York and purchased a vehicle in New Jersey in 2000. The vehicle was registered in New York. I am trying to re-register the vehicle and was informed by New York DMV that I need a copy of the New Jersey title to do so. Could you please inform me how I can obtain a copy of the title and what information I need to have it issued to me. Thank you very much.

 

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