Have you ever had the sinking feeling that you’ve lost your car’s title? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. The good news is that the process for apply for lost title at the California DMV is relatively simple. First, gather all the necessary information. Next, fill out the application form, which you can find on the DMV website. Finally, submit the form along with the required fee. Once your application is processed, you’ll receive a new title in the mail. So don’t panic if you can’t find your title – read the rest of this page and learn the 4 ways to get your original title!
The Department of motor vehicles has 4 ways to request a duplicate title.
Apply for it in person at your local DMV office. Click here to locate your nearest office.
If you’re a member of AAA you can apply for it in person. Click here to locate your nearest AAA office.
Mail your required documents & cashier’s check, personal checks, or money order payable to the Department of motor vehicles: DMV ROD, PO BOX 111, SACRAMENTO, CA 924211
Vehicle owner information, including driver’s license and complete name as it appears on the DMV record.
full & complete vehicle identification number
Address that is currently on the record, unless you are changing the address.
Scenario 1 – I am not the person on the title: Only the person that is on the record is authorized to submit a request duplicate title. in order for you to obtain a new title, you must have the personal information, a court order, or power of attorney to be able to obtain the duplicate title. For situations where you are not the original vehicle owner please click here.
Scenario 2 – Duplicate title with a lienholder: If you have a title that has a lienholder on it, and you have misplaced it, you will NOT be able to order a new title. The titleholder Is still the old lienholder, even if you’ve paid it off. The DMV does not know if the loan is paid off or not, so as a result, you will need what is called a “lien satisfied”. Once you have obtained a release from the entity that has the lien you must do what is called a “legal transfer” (to remove the entity that has the lien).
Scenario 3 – I lost my title before I was able to register it into my name: Losing your title before you were able to title it into your name is not uncommon. In situations like these, however, you will not be able to obtain a duplicate title. What happens in these scenarios is that we have to “reconstruct” the missing title so that we can transfer it into your name. Depending on the value of the vehicle the requirements to clear an application like this
When it comes to ordering a new title another thing that you must keep in mind is the address where the title will be delivered. If the address needs to be updated there are two forms that are required:
REG227 (Replacement Title Application) – Section 1 and Section 3 to be completed
DMV 14 – Complete only the first page of this form. The second section is for driver’s licenses
Note: If you are getting a duplicate title through a registration service, you must also have a form 5065 form notarized.
The DMV clearly states in its manual: every owner is entitled to a copy of their title, regardless of the circumstance, which includes unpaid back fees. There are a few scenarios that will prevent you from getting a replacement title but owing back fees is not one of them.
An ARB hold will not prevent you from getting a duplicate title. However, you will need to wait just a little bit longer to get your title due to the hold being on file.
The title fee is $23. If you do send this out to the DMV make sure you have a check or money order written to the California DMV. Services like licensed registration services do have an additional fee to process the request.
It is advisable to replace a title that is so badly damaged that the DMV will not accept it. It avoids future headaches for you as the seller and the buyer, if you ever do sell the vehicle or pass it on.
Quick Auto Tags can help. We’ll walk you through the process of getting a replacement title in case yours is missing or damaged. It’s fast, easy, and affordable! You won’t have to wait long for your new car title either. If you need us sooner, just let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Our friendly staff members are standing by ready to answer any questions that may come up along the way so don’t hesitate to give us a call at (951)409-9091 today!
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