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How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Michigan

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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 Michigan Duplicate Title application, making sure to indicate on the form that you are applying for a duplicate title. The application should be signed by all owner/s.
  2. All owners must present proper identification; in cases where owners are not present, they can nominate an agent by filling an Appointment of Agent form.
  3. If your original title is damaged or mutilated, you must return the original title when applying for a replacement.
  4. Residents living out of Michigan can fill the [" Duplicate Title Questionnaire] and mail the same with the fees and duplicate title application and proof of ownership of the vehicle to:
    Michigan Department of State
    Out of State Residents Unit
    7064 Crowner Drive
    Lansing, MI 48918    

Call (517) 322-1473 to ensure you have enclosed all the required documents.


Along with your application form and the other materials, you must submit a $15 duplicate title fee. Checks and money orders should be payable to the State of Michigan. Local SOS Offices also accept cash. If you need it to be processed the same day at an Instant Title Service Location, additional $5 would be applicable.


You can submit the application and fees for a duplicate title at your local Secretary of State office. A duplicate license will be issued within 7 to 10 working days.


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