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    Replacing a Lost Title in California

    Every time you need to sell your vehicle or register it in another state, you will need a copy of the title for your vehicle. If you cannot locate your CA vehicle title, or if the document has been damaged beyond recognition, lost or stolen, do not stress. The reapplication process for a duplicate title is simple.

    You'll need to submit your request to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as they process all new and duplicate titles in the state.

    This page outlines the process of applying for a replacement title and the costs involved. If you have any additional questions, you can obtain the contact information of the CA DMV offices and contact them directly.

    Applying for a Duplicate CA Title

    You can submit your request for a duplicate vehicle title by mail or in person at your local CA DMV office. You'll need to:

    • Download, print, and complete the Application for Duplicate Title Form (Form REG 227).
      • Keep in mind, though, that the true/legal owner must sign the form and have it notarized.
      • When filling out the application do not forget to include:
        • Owner's full name.
        • Owner's current address.
        • Owner's driver license number.
        • Vehicle's license plate number.
        • Signature to the statement of facts about what happened to the title.
        • Damaged title, if applicable.

    You can also use this form for paperless title certification, transfer of title with duplicate title, or a transfer of title with paperless title.

    How to Submit the Application

    You may submit the duplicate title application by mail at:

    Department of Motor Vehicles
    Vehicle Registration Operations
    P.O. Box 942869
    Sacramento, CA 94269-0001

    Alternatively, you may also apply in person by making an appointment at a nearby DMV, but don't forget to take your California driver license.

    The Application Fees

    The duplicate title fee is $19, but this will vary with type of vehicle and is subject to change.

    Refer to the related registration fees if you need to replace a lost title for a boat or other vessel.

    Name Change/Correction on Your Vehicle Title

    NOTE: If your name is hyphenated or has multiple words, it will show as one word on your title. This is not an error and will not require a name correction.

    When you change your name due to marriage or divorce, or if the name on your title is misspelled, you may need to updated the name on your motor vehicle record.

    To submit your request for a name change with the CA DMV, you must:

    • Present your CA Certificate of Title.
      • Your correct name must be printed or typed above the incorrect name.
    • Complete a Name Statement in Section F of the Statements of Facts (Form REG 256).
      • You'll need to indicate the reason for the name change and your signature.
      • If there is a lien on your vehicle, present this form to the lienholder directly. They'll need to handle the process for you.
    • Fill out an Application for Duplicate Title Form (Form REG 227), if the title is lost, stolen or mutilated.
    • Submit your application in person at any DMV office or by mail to:

    Department of Motor Vehicles
    Vehicle Registration Operations
    P.O. Box 942869
    Sacramento, CA 94269

    There are no fees for a name change or correction. However, if you're applying for a duplicate title, you'll need to pay the duplicate title fee. See "The Application Fees" above for more details.

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