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    Replacing a Lost Title in Texas

    The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handles the issuance of all new and duplicate titles in the state. If you plan to put your vehicle up on the market for sale, or use it as collateral for a loan, you will absolutely need a copy of your vehicle title.

    Continue reading the instructions on this page for more information about how to obtain a replacement copy of your Texas vehicle title.

    Applying for a Duplicate TX Title

    NOTE: If your title is in the names of more than one owner, you must obtain the signatures of all owners.

    You can replace a lost or damaged Texas title by mail or in person at your local TX DMV office.

    If there is a lien on your vehicle, the lienholder wiill have to submit the application for certified copy of the title.

    By Mail

    When you submit your request by mail to a regional service center office, you'll need to bring the following:

    In Person

    Visit your regional service center office to get a replacement title in person. Bring with you:

    If you have a lien on your vehicle, the lienholder will need to request the replacement title.

    Power of Attorney

    You can sign a limited power of attorney for someone else to get the title for you, if you can't get to the title office yourself. With that power of attorney, the person will also need to show their own photo ID as well as a copy of yours.

    Never Received Your Vehicle Title?

    If you submitted your application for a new vehicle title in Texas more than 30 business days ago but did not receive it, you should contact the TX Department of Motor Vehicles at (888) 368-4689 or (512) 465-3000.

    NOTE: The DMV will mail the title to the lienholder if there is a lien on your vehicle.

    Errors on Your Title?

    If you happen to notice your name spelled incorrectly on your title receipt, you will need to contact the offices of the TX DMV at (888) DMV-GoTx ((888) 368-4689) or your local TxDMV regional service center.

    The DMV will correct the error at no charge if it is determined that the error was caused by their offices. On the other hand, if the DMV produced an incorrect title using the information you listed on the application, you (or your lienholder, if applicable) must submit another title application and the required fees to your local county tax office for correction.

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