Replacing a Lost Title in TennesseePage Overview
Replacing a Lost Title in Tennessee
You will need a certificate of title for your vehicle whenever you decide to register or sell a vehicle.
If your Tennessee vehicle title is lost, stolen, damaged, or illegible, you should obtain a replacement from the Tennessee Department of Revenue (DOR). Fortunately, the process is fairly easy.
Our informational page covers all of your options with the process of applying for a replacement TN title.
When you happen to need a replacement copy of your Tennessee vehicle title, you can apply for a duplicate in a couple different ways: by mail, or in person at your local County Clerk's office.
If you are not be able to apply by mail or in person, see "Can't Apply In Person or By Mail?" below.
To apply for your duplicate title in Tennessee by mail, download, print, and complete the Application for a Duplicate Certificate of Title (Form RV-F1321801).
Mail the completed form, a lien discharge notice (if applicable), and the $11 fee (additional county fees may apply) to the office of your local county clerk. If you would like to contact your local County Clerk, contact information is available at the County Clerk website.
You can also obtain a duplicate title in person. Be sure to check the hours of operation of your local county clerks office before visiting it.
To apply for a duplicate Tennessee title in person, go to your local County Clerk's office with:
- A completed Application for a Duplicate Certificate of Title (Form RV-F1321801).
- Documents to prove your identity. Visit the TN DOS website for a complete list of acceptable documents.
- Payment to cover the $11 fee (Note: additional county fees may apply)
NOTE: If you live in a county with several county clerk offices, call ahead to confirm that duplicate titles are processed. In some instances, only one of the listed county clerk offices will offer this service.
If you are unable to apply by mail or in person, the Tennessee DOR will allow you to send someone else to handle the transaction for you. The person you select for the job will need to visit the County Clerk's office and provide:
- A completed Application for Duplicate Title (Form RV-F1321801).
- Payment for the $11 duplicate title fee (additional county fees may apply).
- Documents to prove their own identification
- You can get a complete list of acceptable documents at the DOS website.
- A notarized power of attorney statement.
You can track the replacement process by calling the Vehicle Title and Registration Division at (888) 871-3171.
If you need to update your name due to a marriage or divorce, you should update your information on your vehicle title as well. You will need to:
- Enter "2" in the owner information section on your Application for Duplicate Title (Form RV-F1321801) or Multi-Purpose Application (Form RV-F1315201).
- Submit your original title.
- Show your name change document, such as your:
- Marriage certificate.
- Divorce decree.
- Court order.
For more information and details about the process of updating your name on other DMV-related documents, you can visit our page about Changing Your Name.Other Topics in This Section