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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 duplicate before they can sell their vehicle.
WHAT YOU NEED WHEN APPLYING FOR A DUPLICATE TITLE
- Complete the Application for Duplicate Title form, making sure to indicate on the form that you are applying for a duplicate title.
- Once completed, you must have the application form properly notarized.
- If your original title is damaged or mutilated, you must return the original title when applying for a replacement.
- If a lien is involved, the holder has to complete the bottom half of the form and get it notarized.
Along with your application form and the other materials, you must submit a $15 duplicate title fee in the form of cash, money order or check.
SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION
You can submit the application and fees for a duplicate title at your local DMV office.