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    Replacing a Lost Title in Hawaii

    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 digging 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. Continue reading this page to find a range of information about how to obtain a replacement copy of your vehicle title in the different counties of Hawaii.

    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 Application for Duplicate Motor Vehicle Certificate of Title.

    The county offices actually recommend calling the Hawaii DMV at (808) 961-8351 prior to completing the form, especially if you intend to mail in the document. However, the phone call is not a requirement, and the form is more or less self-explanatory. The duplicate title fee on the Big Island 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. A duplicate title will set you back $5.

    You will need to 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

    In Maui County, you can download and print the Application for Duplicate Motor Vehicle Certificate of Title (Form DMVL580).

    You will need to visit the local DMV to complete the necessary paperwork.

    Be sure to have the signatures on the form notarized. Or, you may verify the document by providing identity documentation of all involved parties.

    The fee for your certificate of title will be $10.

    Kauai County

    No online forms are available in Kauai County, thus you need to visit the local DMV to complete the necessary paperwork. Or, if you want to call ahead of time, please visit our DMV office finder to obtain their contact information.

    Replacing a Lost Registration Card

    To obtain a duplicate copy of your registration, you're going to need to visit your local Hawaii DMV office. Be sure to have the following information handy:

    • License plate number.
    • Vehicle identification number (VIN).
    • The month your registration expires.

    For more detailed information about how to obtain a duplicate copy of your vehicle registration and specific fees, please visit our Replacing a Lost Registration page.