Replacing a Lost Title in VirginiaPage Overview
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.
To apply for a duplicate title by phone, dial (888) 337-4782.
When applying by phone, you must pay the $10 replacement title fee with a credit card.
To apply online, you'll need to provide your:
- Customer number (located on your driver's license or ID card).
- Date of birth.
- Payment for the $10 replacement fee, payable by credit card.
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.
- 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.
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:
- Complete an Application for Supplemental and Transfer Liens or Replacement and Substitute Titles (Form VSA 66).
- Supply legal documents that show the name change, such as your:
- Marriage certificate.
- Divorce decree.
- Court order.
- Pay the $10 substitute title fee.
Change Your Address
You are required to update the address on your drivers license first. You'll need to:
- Complete the Address Change Notification (Form ISD 01) if you have not already updated your address.
- Fill out the Application for Supplemental and Transfer Liens or Replacement and Substitute Titles (Form VSA 66).
- Pay the $10 fee.
For more information, view our page about Changing Your Address.Other Topics in This Section