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How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Texas

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Replace Texas Car Title

All drivers must apply to replace car title in Texas if their current vehicle title was:

  • Lost.
  • Stolen.
  • Damaged to the point where it is illegible.

If your reason for replacing car title is because it was damaged, turn in the original title document to your TX DMV regional service center when you apply for a Texas car title copy.

Information Related to Car Title Replacement

Report a Stolen Car Title

Drivers who have reason to think their lost car title was stolen should contact the Texas police to notify them of the theft. Although the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles does not require drivers to file a police report in cases of theft, doing so protects the security of your identity should your driving documents be used in another state or for illicit purposes.

How to Obtain a Duplicate Car Title

You can get a duplicate car title in Texas by going in person or requesting one by mail.

In Person

Follow these steps to replace lost car title documents in person:

  1. Go to your local Texas DMV regional service center
  2. Complete an Application for a Certified Copy of Title (VTR-34) form
  3. Provide a valid photo identification:
  4. TX drivers license
  5. U.S. passport
  6. Pay the $5.45 car title replacement fee with cash, a check or a money order

Lienholders or agents of the vehicle owner must provide a letter of signature authority on an official business card or letterhead, if applicable.

By Mail

To replace a vehicle title by mail, you must:

  1. Complete an Application for a Certified Copy of Title (VTR-34) form
  2. Mail the following to TxDMV, 1601 Southwest Parkway, Suite A, Wichita Falls, TX 76302
  3. The application
  4. A copy of the owner's photo ID
  5. A $7.45 check or money order payable to the TX DMV (includes $2 mail-in fee)
  6. Signature of authority by lienholder or owner's agent, if applicable Note: If your original car title is found after you already received your TX car title replacement, destroy and dispose of the original document, because it is now invalid.

Out-of-State and Military Car Title Replacement

Out-of-state drivers and military members who are Texas residents and stationed out of state have two options:

  • Replace car title by mail
  • Have someone else obtain a duplicate car title for them

To replace an auto title by mail, follow the steps above. If not, someone else can obtain a car title copy for you if you sign a limited power of attorney and have them take the document to a Texas DMV regional service center. They must also present their own photo identification as well as a copy of your photo ID.

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