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    Replacing a Lost Title in New Mexico

    Your title is an important document, but it can be easy to misplace. If you need to register your vehicle in a new state or sell your vehicle, you're going to need to obtain a copy of your title.

    Fortunately, the process is not too difficult, and we'll show you how to replace it. Keep reading to find all the information you need to get a duplicate vehicle title.

    Residents Living in New Mexico

    NOTE: Only the vehicle's registered owner, legal owner, successor in interest, or legal representative may apply for the duplicate. Your attorney must present a signed Power of Attorney document.

    You can apply for a duplicate title in New Mexico either by mail or in person at your local NM DMV office. To apply for the title by mail, see "Residents Outside the State" below.

    To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged title as a New Mexico residents currently living in the state, you must:

    If you apply for your replacement NM vehicle title in person, be sure to bring your driver's license and current registration with you. If a lien shows on the title, you must produce a lien release, or the title will be mailed to the lienholder.

    Residents Outside the State

    If you're a NM resident and currently living outside New Mexico, you have the option of obtaining a duplicate title by mail. You must:

    • Complete the Application For Duplicate Certificate of Title (Form MVD-10901).
    • Obtain a photocopy of your driver's license and registration.
    • Make your check or money order out to the Motor Vehicle Division for $16.50.
    • Mail the payment and paperwork to:

    Services Bureau
    P.O. Box 1028
    Santa Fe, NM 87504

    The title will be mailed to your New Mexico address, providing the title is in the state's records and you don't have a lien on your title. Or, it will be sent to your current location if all this applies and you include a pre-addressed envelope listing your present address.

    Making Changes to Your NM Vehicle Title

    If you need to add or delete a name off of your NM vehicle title, the NM DMV will need you to follow the "Filing/Release Lien Function" process. You must:

    • Be the registered owner, successor in interest, or legal representative.
      • If you are a legal representative, you must provide the DMV with a power of attorney.
    • Show proof of identity.
    • Provide a Bill of Sale that indicates "adding name(s)," "deleting names(s)," or "adding and deleting names(s)."
    • Surrender the original " be the registered owner, successor in interest, or legal representative. " if the lien maturity date has not reached 1 year.
    • Indicate in the remarks section you are applying for a duplicate NM title AND adding or deleting names, or both.
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