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    Many of us pay off a car and when the title is sent to us, it ends up in an ever-moving stack of papers we always intend to file. When eventually we want to put the car up for sale, we begin the big dig for the title only to find it has disappeared with a hundred other documents.

    Luckily, the county DMVs make obtaining a duplicate title a relatively easy process.

    Hawaii County

    To obtain a replacement title in Hawaii County (a.k.a. the Big Island) you can first print out and complete the necessary form.

    The county offices actually recommend calling the DMV at (808) 961-8351 prior to tackling the form, especially if you intend to mail in the document. However, the phone call is not a requirement and the form is fairly self-explanatory. The duplicate title fee is $5.

    Regardless of what county you reside in, the requested information is the same:

    • Vehicle make
    • License plate number
    • Vehicle identification number (VIN)
    • Owner name and address
    • Reason for application (i.e., lost, stolen, mutilated, or defaced title)

    Also note the lost title is void as soon as the DMV issues a replacement title. If your current title is defaced or mutilated, you will need to bring (or mail) it to the DMV office with the application and turn it over to the office agent.

    City and County of Honolulu

    Oahu has all the same requirements for a replacement title as the Big Island. However, a duplicate title will set you back $10 rather than the $5 you will pay on the other islands. Print an online form and either take it to a satellite office or mail it to the address listed on the form.

    To view online forms, you must have Adobe Reader―available as a free download―on your computer.

    Maui County

    No online forms are available in Maui County, thus you need to visit the local DMV to complete the necessary paperwork.

    Kauai County

    No online forms are available in Kauai County, thus you need to visit the local DMV to complete the necessary paperwork.

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