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    Replacing a Lost Title in Virginia

    If your title has become illegible, damaged, lost or stolen, you will need to order a replacement. A title is needed whenever you need to prove ownership of your car, such as when you are selling the vehicle or using it as collateral on a loan.

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can replace just about every vehicle-related document, including misplaced titles.

    Applying for a Duplicate Title in VA

    The DMV provides several convenient options: by phone, online, or in person at your local VA DMV office.

    By Phone

    To apply for a duplicate title by phone, dial (888) 337-4782.

    You'll need to have your driver's license and registration certificate handy. You'll be asked to provide identification numbers.

    When applying by phone, you must pay the $10 replacement title fee with a credit card.

    Online

    To apply online, you'll need to provide your:

    • Customer number (located on your driver's license or ID card).
    • Date of birth.
    • PIN.
    • Payment for the $10 replacement fee, payable by credit card.

    In Person

    To apply for a replacement title in person, you'll need to visit any customer service center and bring:

    • A completed Application for Supplemental and Transfer Liens or Replacement and Substitute Titles (Form VSA 66).
      • You will need to provide your Social Security number, any relevant lien information and details about the vehicle.
      • You can also get a copy in any Virginia DMV customer service office.
    • Bring your registration certificate, and either your license or photo ID.
    • Supporting documents such as a will or court order, if you are changing the title on an inherited car.
    • Payment for the $10 replacement title fee.

    Miscellaneous Info

    • If your title has a lien, the replacement title will be sent to the lienholder. Otherwise, it will be given to you.
    • A replacement title invalidates the original title.

    Making Corrections on Your Title

    You can remove a deceased owner, remove or add a lien, change an address or change your name on a duplicate title.

    Simply check the correct box at the top of the application form to indicate the change and include the requested supporting documents.

    Removing Deceased Owners

    If you are a joint owner of a vehicle and have rights of survivorship, you can get a sustitute title in your name after supplying the existing title and a notarized death certificate. If you are changing the title because you have been bequeathed a car through a will or through probate, you will need to supply the will or a court order.

    Change Your Name

    When changing your name on a title, you will need to update your drivers license first. From there, you can:

    Change Your Address

    You are required to update the address on your drivers license first. You'll need to:

    For more information, view our page about Changing Your Address.