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How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in New Jersey

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.

WHAT YOU NEED WHEN APPLYING FOR A DUPLICATE/REPLACEMENT TITLE

  1. Complete the Application for Duplicate Certificate of Ownership form, making sure to indicate on the form that you are applying for a duplicate title.
  2. Once completed, you must have the application form properly notarized.
  3. A copy of the current or expired registration and proof of insurance must also be submitted.
  4. If your title shows a lien holder, you must include a statement from the current/old lien holder with the following points:
  5. Owners' name.
  6. Vehicle information - model, year and Vehicle Identification Number.
  7. A letter stating that the title is not in his/her possession and that the vehicle was paid for in full.
  8. If your original title is damaged or mutilated, you must return the original title when applying for a replacement and include a letter stating the reason for the damage, your name and address, vehicle information including model, year and Vehicle Identification Number.

FEES

Along with your application form and the other materials, you must submit a $25 duplicate title fee for a lost or stolen license and a $20 duplicate title fee for a damaged/mutilated title. Checks and money orders should be payable to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Cash is not accepted.

SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION

You can submit the application and fees for a duplicate title, in case of the original being lost or stolen, at your local MVC Agency, or mail the package to:

State of New Jersey
Motor Vehicle Commission
Special Services
P.O. Box 017
Trenton, New Jersey 08666-0017    

You can submit the application and fees for a duplicate title, in case of the original being mutilated or damaged, at your local MVC Agency, or mail the package to:

Motor Vehicle Commission
Database Correction Unit
P.O. Box 141
225 E. State Street
Trenton, NJ 08666-0141    

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Submitted by cfbrown0623 on 9th Feb 2015

Can you please clarify the

Can you please clarify the exact cost of a duplicate title (to replace a LOST title)??? The title application says $60, but your websites "FEES" section, it says $25 for a lost or stolen license AND a $20 duplicate title fee for a damaged/mutilated title. Confusing!!

Submitted by helment_2000 on 17th Apr 2010

Have tried to contact

Have tried to contact previous owner of car to have them get duplicate title and to no avail. We did everything we could to locate the previous by mail to addresses that were listed on title, online search and calling the phone number for the addresses that we had. We need the title in order to be able to do anything at DMV.

Submitted by AnnetteC23 on 6th Jan 2010

I bought a buick skylark 1993

I bought a buick skylark 1993 on March of 09 and my title was stolen and it's hard for me to get a duplicate because i bought the car from cregslist and i dont remember the previous owners name.How can i get help because i cant sell or re-register my vehicle.Thank you

Submitted by rdphil on 26th Oct 2009

I recently purchased a 1970

I recently purchased a 1970 buick with New Jersey title.Upon getting home i saw the owner had signed the title in her married name & title is registered in her maiden name.SCDMV will not accept it like that.Can i apply for a damaged title in NJ or will the previous owner have to apply for a damaged title now?

Thanks

Submitted by deijus on 22nd Oct 2009

I live in New York and

I live in New York and purchased a vehicle in New Jersey in 2000. The vehicle was registered in New York. I am trying to re-register the vehicle and was informed by New York DMV that I need a copy of the New Jersey title to do so. Could you please inform me how I can obtain a copy of the title and what information I need to have it issued to me. Thank you very much.

Submitted by cgooding on 10th Jul 2015

Did you ever get an answer? I

Did you ever get an answer? I have he same issue with Oklahoma.