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How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in New York

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.


  1. Complete the Application for Duplicate Title, making sure to indicate on the form that you are applying for a duplicate title.
  2. Attach copies of proof of identification.
  3. If your original title is damaged or mutilated, you must return the original title when applying for a replacement.


Along with your application form and the other materials, you must submit a $20 duplicate title fee.


You could submit the application by mail, online or in person.

By Mail

For regular postal service, mail the package with the fee check payable to the New York State Department of Motor vehicles to:

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

Title Bureau

P.O. Box 2750

Albany, New York 12220-0750

For express mail use the address:

Duplicate Title Certificates

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

6 Empire State Plaza

Albany, NY 12228

Your title will take 6-8 weeks to arrive.    


For online applications, you need to make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria for applying online. You can pay the duplicate title fee using an American Express, VISA, MasterCard or Discover credit/debit card.

The new title will be mailed to you within 5-7 business days. You can choose to receive it by express mail if you want it sooner.

In Person

Visit the local DMV office with the Application for Duplicate Title and proof of identification and pay the requisite fee.

The duplicate document would be mailed to you within 7 working days.


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