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How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Pennsylvania

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 Certificate of Title (Form MV-38 O), making sure to indicate on the form that you are applying for a duplicate title.
  2. Once completed, have the application form properly notarized.
  3. If your original title is damaged or mutilated, return the original title when applying for a replacement.
  4. Satisfaction of lien and lienholder notarization:
    • If your vehicle was financed when purchased, a lien was recorded against the vehicle and the title was originally sent to that lienholder, you cannot possess the certificate of title unless the lien is satisfied.
    • Contact the lienholder, and get him to complete the satisfaction of lien and lienholder notarization information on the front of the application. The signature must be notarized.
    • If the title was not received due to loss in the mail, no fee is required if this application is filed within 90 days from date of original issue. For verification purposes, list the current mailing address.
  5. If your title has been stolen, contact local law enforcement, report the theft, and submit a copy of the report with your application.
  6. When the application is processed, the previous title becomes void.


Along with your application form and the other materials, you must submit a $51 duplicate title fee.


You can submit the application and fees for a duplicate title at your local contract office, or mail the package to:
PA Department of Transportation
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Harrisburg, PA 17104-2516    


Reviews of How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Pennsylvania

We've been waiting 20 business days for a duplicate title and no one seems to answer phones!

Is there anyway to expedite receiving a duplicate title? Faster than 2 wks?

Is there anyway to expedite receiving a duplicate title, faster than 2 weeks?

is there anyway to expediate the process? two to four weeks is a long time

Can I register my car without the title? I didn't register it at the time of purchase

What do you do if you cannot remember what bank held the lien on a car that is paid off many years earlier but need a new copy of title to sell it?

I dont understand why you ask for so much information from a title that is obviously LOST! That is why I want to send for a duplicate. How do I do that if I have no information from my title???

If you at least can get the VIN # off of your vehicle, any good notary can do a search and get the additional information for you. You can also apply for duplicate with just VIN# and write Unknown in title #. Hope this helps.

why is it taking so long for my tile to come back?

When is my car title being mailed to me ?