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    Replacing a Lost Title in New York

    It's fairly painless to replace your title, thanks to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and its convenient ordering options.

    You can continue reading this page for an outline on the steps you need to take in order to replace your lost or stolen NY vehicle title.

    Applying For a Duplicate NY Vehicle Title

    As a vehicle owner, you can apply for a duplicate title online, by mail, and in person at your local NY DMV office.

    Online Duplicate Title

    You can order a duplicate title online at the NY DMV website only if:

    • A title has not been processed within the past 15 days.
    • The address on your title and registration matches your current mailing address.
    • You own the title.
    • There are no other changes with the information listed on the title.

    If you meet these requirements you can go to Replace a Title Certificate Online and begin applying. The online application provides detailed instructions on what to send.

    You cannot use the online service in the following circumstances:

    • To order a duplicate title with the lien removed.
    • To order a duplicate title in the name of a deceased owner.
    • To order a duplicate title using a power of attorney.
    • To order a duplicate title for a boat.

    Your new title will be mailed to you within a certain period of time depending on when you applied online. For more information, you can visit the section starting with "When do title certificates ordered online get printed and mailed?" at the NY DMV website.

    Duplicate Title by Mail

    To order a duplicate title by mail you must send:

    If you send your NY duplicate title application by regular postal service, you'll need to send it to:

    • New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
    • Title Bureau
    • P.O. Box 2750
    • Albany, NY 12220

    If you opt for express mail, please send your application to:

    • Duplicate Title Certificates
    • New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
    • 6 Empire State Plaza
    • Albany, NY 12228

    Use (518) 486-4714 if you need a Title Service Bureau phone number on your express mail label.

    If you order via express mail, you will need to be home when the duplicate title arrives to sign for it.

    Ordering Duplicate Title in Person

    To order a duplicate in person visit your local DMV office. When you arrive you'll be asked to complete a Application for Duplicate Title (Form MV-902), provide proof of identification, and pay a $20 fee.

    Change Your Name or Address on Your Title

    Once you update your name or address on a vehicle title in New York, you should allow up to 90 days to receive your updated title by mail.

    Change Your Name

    To update the name on your vehicle title, you will need to visit a local NY DMV office. Be sure to bring proof of your new name such as your:

    • U.S. marriage certificate.
    • U.S. divorce document.
    • Other court-ordered name change document.

    For specific instructions, please view our page about Changing Your Name.

    Change Your Address

    If you would like to update the address on your vehicle title, you must first process the change of address. You can do so online.

    Once your DMV records are updated, you can then apply for a replacement NY title.

    For more details about the process of changing your address, you can read our page titled Changing Your Address.