Replacing a Lost Title in New Mexico
How to Replace a Lost Title in New Mexico
Your title is an important document, but it can be easy to misplace. If you need to register your vehicle in a new state or sell your vehicle, you're going to need to obtain a copy of your title.
Fortunately, the process is not too difficult, and we'll show you how to replace it. Keep reading to find all the information you need to get a duplicate vehicle title.
Residents Living in New Mexico
NOTE: Only the vehicle's registered owner, legal owner, successor in interest, or legal representative may apply for the duplicate. Your attorney must present a signed Power of Attorney document.
You can apply for a duplicate title in New Mexico either by mail or in person at your local NM DMV office. To apply for the title by mail, see "Residents Outside the State" below.
To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged title as a New Mexico residents currently living in the state, you must:
- Complete the Application For Duplicate Certificate of Title (Form MVD10901). You can just fill out the form at the location too.
- Take the form to a Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) field office.
- Submit payment for the duplicate title fee (required fees on form).
- DO NOT bring highlighted documents—the MVD will reject them.
If you apply for your replacement NM vehicle title in person, be sure to bring your driver's license and current registration with you. If a lien shows on the title, you must produce a lien release, or the title will be mailed to the lienholder.
Residents Outside the State
If you're a NM resident and currently living outside New Mexico, you have the option of obtaining a duplicate title by mail. You must:
- Complete the Application For Duplicate Certificate of Title (Form MVD10901).
- Obtain a photocopy of your driver's license and registration.
- Make your check or money order out to the Motor Vehicle Division for the fee (fees found on form).
- Mail the payment and paperwork to:
Motor Vehicle Division
P.O. Box 1028
Santa Fe, NM 87504
DO NOT send highlighted documents—the MVD will reject them.
The title will be mailed to your New Mexico address, providing the title is in the state's records and you don't have a lien on your title. Or, it will be sent to your current location if all this applies and you include a pre-addressed envelope listing your present address.
Making Changes to Your NM Vehicle Title
If you need to add or delete a name off of your NM vehicle title, the NM DMV will need you to follow the "Filing/Release Lien Function" process. You must:
- Be the registered owner, successor in interest, or legal representative.
- If you are a legal representative, you must provide the DMV with a power of attorney.
- Show proof of identity.
- For a complete list of acceptable documents, please visit the New Mexico DMV website.
- Provide a Bill of Sale that indicates "adding name(s)," "deleting names(s)," or "adding and deleting names(s)."
- Surrender the original " be the registered owner, successor in interest, or legal representative. " if the lien maturity date has not reached 1 year.
- Indicate in the remarks section you are applying for a duplicate NM title AND adding or deleting names, or both.
DO NOT submit highlighted documents—the MVD will reject them.