Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?

The Certificate of Title is an important document that features a driver s personal information. In order to keep this information out of the wrong hands, the Indiana BMV asks that you turn in a damagedcar title so that it is disposed of properly.

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How can I transfer a car title if I have a lien on it?

If there is a lien on your car title and your title is being held by the lien holder, you need to visit your local BMV branch and fill out a Request for out of State Title to Perfect a Lien (Form 1014). After the IN BMV receives your vehicle title from the lienholder, you can return to the BMV and complete your title application. The title will be returned to the lienholder and held by him/her until the lien is released.

If the lien on the car title has been paid off, bring your lien release form to your local BMV branch and apply for a new title.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?

In the event you are dealing with a stolen car title in Indiana, simply visit a local law enforcement office and inform an officer about your predicament. He or she will provide you with any necessary forms to fill out, which will help prevent fraudulent activity from occurring on your BMV account.

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How do I obtain a duplicate car title?

Indiana residents can obtain an IN car title replacement in three ways: online, in person and by mail.

For an in-person application, visit a nearby BMV office or certified partner location and provide the following:

To apply by mail, gather the above documents and mail them in with check or money order to:

Indiana BMV 100 North Senate Avenue Room 411 Indianapolis, IN 46204

Finally, online applicants should visit the Bureau of Motor Vehicles website, follow the prompts and provide their credit card information.

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How do I obtain a salvaged car title?

In order to obtain salvage car titles, one must provide the Central Office of Title Processing at 100 North Senate Avenue, Room N411, Indianapolis, IN 46204 with the following documents:

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

How do I transfer my car title between states?

In order to find out how to transfer titles to another state, contact the Department of Motor Vehicles in your new state of residence. Each DMV has their own way of transferring ownership documents, so be sure to find out the proper procedure before filling out any forms.

For more information: Indiana Cross-State Title Transfers

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?

Before transferring car titles in this scenario, one must order a title replacement. This can be done online, in person at a license branch office or BMV partner or by mail to:

Indiana BMV 100 North Senate Avenue Room 411 Indianapolis, IN 46204

When applying in person or by mail, bring an active photo ID and a filled out Application for Certificate of Title 44049 form.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

How do I transfer my car title?

The process to transfer car titles in Indiana requires residents to take the following actions:

  • The seller must:

    • Sign and date the Certificate of Title.
    • Provide an odometer disclosure statement.
    • Complete a bill of sale.
    • Remove license plates.
  • The buyer must:

    • Sign and date the title under the buyer s section.
    • Complete the buyer s portion of the bill of sale.
    • Visit a license branch office.
    • Provide transfer title paperwork and Social Security Number.
    • Pay for fees.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

How do I transfer the title of my RV?

Recreational vehicles must be registered and have their title transferred in the same way as standard passenger cars. This includes completing the Certificate of Title, a bill of sale and paying the BMV fees.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?

The amount of time one must wait in order to receive a duplicate car title in Indiana varies based on how much money the driver is willing to pay. If the driver does not want to wait a week or two to receive the document, he or she may choose to pay $25 for speed title service.

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If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?

If a driver inherits a vehicle from a recently deceased family member, the transfer of title process only changes slightly. In addition to filling out the Indiana vehicle title and paying the appropriate fees at the local BMV office, one may also need to provide a death certificate and will from the deceased.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?

The most typical reasons why one would have to transfer car titles in Indiana include:

  • When you are moving out of state.
  • When you are donating a car.
  • When you are inheriting a vehicle.
  • When you are purchasing an automobile from a private party.
  • When you undergo a name change or add an owner to the title.
  • When you satisfy a lien.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?

The cost of a car title copy in Indiana is $8. If you would like to expedite the shipment of your documents, the speed title service will cost you $25.

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What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?

All in-person and by-mail applicants for a duplicate car title must provide the following documentation:

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What documents do I need to transfer my car title?

Drivers must provide a number of documents when they go to a license branch office to transfer car title in Indiana. Remember to bring:

  • A complete Certificate of Title.
  • A filled out bill of sale.
  • An odometer disclosure statement.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?

In order to obtain an Indiana car title replacement, one must fill out an Application for Certificate of Title 44049 form. This form can be submitted by mail or in person at a local BMV office.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Indiana

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?

If the original vehicle title is found once you have received an Indiana car title replacement, choose one of the following options:

  • Turn in your original title at a BMV office for them to dispose of the document.
  • Dispose of the document at home.
  • Keep the original document on file.

Whatever your decision, keep in mind that the original title is invalidated the moment a replacement is issued.

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What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?

In order to obtain a title for a motorcycle or scooter, one must follow the same process as getting titles for a passenger vehicle. Fill out an Application for Certificate of Title 44049 form, give the current car title with odometer reading, provide proof of ID, proof of sales tax paid and proof of residency, and pay the necessary fee to obtain the credential.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?

A bill of sale should be used in every private vehicle transaction and must be completed by the seller. This is especially important if a certificate of title does not feature spaces for sale date or price. As for required information, all of the following details should be included on an Indiana bill of sale:

  • The names of the buyer and the seller
  • The signatures of the buyer and the seller
  • The addresses of the buyer and the seller

    • Vehicle information:
    • Make
    • Model
    • Year
    • VIN
    • Odometer reading
  • Selling price
  • Sale date

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?

Drivers can submit their request for a duplicate car title in person, online or by mail. If you choose to apply by mail, send the Application for Certificate of Title 44049 form, an active ID and a check or money order to the following address:

Indiana BMV 100 North Senate Avenue Room 411 Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Indiana

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?

No. While drivers are required to provide proof of identity and a completed Application for Certificate of Title 44049 form when replacing car title in Indiana, it is not necessary to show proof of insurance when applying, especially by mail or online.

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