Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
You may or may not have to turn in your damaged car title to the North Dakota Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division. If your car title is damaged and you apply for a duplicate car title, you should contact the ND MVDat 701-328-2725 and ask them if you should relinquish your damaged car title to receive a new car title.

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

How can I transfer a car title if I have a lien on it?
If there is a lien on your car title, a lien release must be provided or the lien holder must sign off on the sale of your vehicle. Otherwise, the ND vehicle title will not be issued. If there is a lien on your car title, you must submit the name and mailing address of the lien holder, the loan account number, and a copy of the out of state registration, if applicable, when transferring ownership of a vehicle in North Dakota.

If the lien on your car title has been met, make sure that the lien holder has completed the “Seller’s Assignment & Warranty of Title” section of the certificate of title.

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

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
To report a stolen car title, you may file a police report at the nearest police station. If your car title information has been stolen, you may be protected from unlawful use of your vehicle and personal information. The North Dakota MVD can only issue a replacement title if the original one was lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed. On your application you must certify the reason you are applying for a replacement title.

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How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
If your car title has been lost, stolen, damaged, or mutilated, then you need to replace car title.To get car title replacement, provide the following information to the North Dakota Department of Transportation:

The duplicate title will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. The fee to get a duplicate title is $5. Fees are subject to change.

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

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
If a vehicle is damaged for more than 75 percent of the retail value and is determined to be salvaged, then you will need to apply for a North Dakota salvage car title. To apply for a Salvage Certificate of Title, you must surrender your current car title to the North Dakota Department of Transportation within 10 days. The fee for a salvage title is $5. Fees are subject to change.

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How do I transfer my car title between states?
If you are new to North Dakota and need to register your vehicle in the state, you will need to transfer title to a North Dakota car title. To do so you must:

To register your car in North Dakota, you will have to pay license fees based on the year and the weight of your vehicle.

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How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
If you have lost your original car title and need it to complete a car title transfer, then you will have to:

The duplicate title fee is $5. Fees are subject to change.

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

How do I transfer my car title?
A car title is a certificate of ownership of a motor vehicle. To transfer a car title in the state of North Dakota,the following steps must be completed:

If applicable, you will also be responsible for the 5 percent excise tax of the purchase price of your new or used vehicle. Fees are subject to change.

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How do I transfer the title of my RV?
To transfer title of your RV or recreational vehicle in the state of North Dakota, follow these steps:

  1. Complete a Notarized Bill of Sale, if bought used
  2. Complete and sign Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle
  3. Pay title $5 title fee

Also, you may request that your RV be registered as a travel trailer, which would exempt you from having to title and register your vehicle. You would then pay $20 per year to the ND DOT for this exemption.

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

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
In the state of North Dakota, the owner of the vehicle must certify the reason they are applying for a duplicate car title and may apply in one of two ways:

  • By mail
  • In person at a MVD location

Also, not all North Dakota Motor Vehicle Division locations offer duplicate title services. For more information on how long it may take to receive your duplicate title, call 701-328-2725.

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
If a family member dies and leaves their car to you, then you are responsible for completing a car title transfer to your name. To change the name on the title of an inherited vehicle, you must do the following:

If the car is financed, the new owner must also provide the lien holder information on their application for car title transfer. Fees subject to change.

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

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
A car title is a certificate of ownership of a motor vehicle. Some of the reasons that you may need to transfer car title, include:

  • The purchase of a used vehicle
  • The sale of a used vehicle
  • Relocating out of state
  • Inheriting a vehicle from a deceased family member
  • Awarded a vehicle in a divorce settlement

To transfer car title from someone else s name to your name, you must apply for a title transfer with the North Dakota Department of Transportation. You will also be responsible for taxes and fees associated with transfer of car title.

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

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
The North Dakota car title replacement fee is currently $5, however, fees are subject to change. To apply for a duplicate title you may send your payment in the form of a check or money order to the North Dakota Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division. You may also apply in person at a ND MVD office location. Not all office locations provide the car title replacement service. Call 701-328-2725 for more information.

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

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
To replace car title, you will need to complete and sign an Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle. On the application you will need to provide information such as:

  • Lien holder information, if applicable
  • Vehicle information (Make, model, VIN number)
  • Reason that you are requesting a duplicate title

Bring with you your driver s license as proof of identification to apply for a duplicate title at a North Dakota DOT Motor Vehicle Division office.

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

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
To transfer title of your car, you will need to fill out the following documents:

If applicable, you must provide lien holder information such as name, mailing address, and loan account number on your application to transfer car title.

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

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
To replace car title, you will need to complete and sign an Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle. On the application you will need to provide information such as:

  • Lien holder information, if applicable
  • Vehicle information (Make, model, VIN number)
  • Reason that you are requesting a duplicate title

The duplicate title will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. You must also pay the duplicate title fee is $5. Fees are subject to change.

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

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
If you locate your original title after you have been issued a car title replacement, you should contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division, immediately. If you have yet to receive your duplicate title, there is a chance that you may be able to cancel the transaction with the MVD. If you have already received the replacement title after locating the original, then you may have to relinquish the replacement title back to the DOR. Please visit a local ND MVD office or call 701-328-2725 for more information.

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

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
To get vehicle title for a scooter or motorcycle, you will have to apply for a Certificate of Title for the state of North Dakota. To apply for a title, you must:

You must also pay the vehicle license fees to register your moped or motorcycle.

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

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
A Bill of Sale is a certificate of transfer of personal property. You will need a Bill of Sale to title and register the following types of vehicles in North Dakota:

Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division at 701-328-2725 for more information on when you would need to complete a Bill of Sale.

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

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
If your car title has been lost, stolen, or damaged then you can apply for a duplicate title through the North Dakota Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division by mailing your Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle to:

North Dakota Department of Transportation

608 East Boulevard Avenue

Bismarck, ND 58505-0700

The fee for a duplicate title is $5. Fees are subject to change.

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

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
No, it is not required to present proof of insurance in order to get a ND duplicate car title. The only required document you need to present is a completed and signed Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle. Insurance requirements are not enforced through the car title application process, though North Dakota law does require every vehicle to be insured with at least minimum liability car insurance. A law enforcement officer will verify your car insurance if you are pulled over for any reason.

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