There are several instances when you may find yourself in need of a duplicate title for your vehicle. In the event that your original title has been destroyed, altered, mutilated, lost, or even assigned to the wrong owner, you will need a new copy. Other instances of the need for a new title include when the vehicle has been paid off or if you are moving from out of state. Fortunately, requesting a duplicate title is easy!
If The Title Is Incorrect
If you find that the information on your title is incorrect, you may need to correct the details through the Drivers License System before you apply for the new title. This is because The Real ID Act states that personal identifying information has to be on the driver’s license, permit, or ID card before it can be used for any other means.
Requesting A Duplicate
Once you know that your information is correct, you can begin the process of getting a new title in a few different ways. In the event of a simple, owner initiated title request, the application can be completed online with mailing instructions for the documentation. Other options include using the kiosks at any full service and express MVA, using an MVA licensed tag and title service, or only going to your local branch of the MVA in person.
If You Are Not The Owner
There are several instances where you may find that you need to request a duplicate title of a vehicle that is not your own. In this instance, the representative of the vehicle will need to have one of a few options for documents. Anyone of the following documents will be acceptable: letters of administration, death certificate in the event of co-owners, trustee appointment order, or a power of attorney. In the case of the later, the title will be mailed to the vehicle owner, and the requester will need to pick the new title up.
If You Never Receive Your Title Or Duplicate
Sometimes mistakes happen, the DMV can be a hectic place. If you did not receive your original title or your duplicate title after applying you may find that you need to submit a Certification of Non-Receipt of Original/Duplicate Title Certificate form (VR-091). After submitting your original request, make sure to keep a careful eye on the timeline, as this form can be submitted for free within 90 days of your first application. After 90 days there is a $20 fee.
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