Replacing a Lost Title in Tennessee
Replacing a Lost Title in Tennessee
To obtain a replacement from the Tennessee Department of Revenue (DOR):
- Complete an Application for a Duplicate Certificate of Title (Form RV-F1321801).
- Provide proof of your identity.
- Provide a lien notice, if applicable.
- Pay the $11 duplicate title fee.
- Submit your request by mail or in person to the Tennessee DOR.
Please see below for more details.
How to Apply for a Duplicate 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.
Replace a Lost Title By Mail
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.
Replace a Car Title In Person
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.
Can't Apply In Person or By Mail?
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.
Making Changes to Your TN Vehicle Title
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.
Multi-Purpose Application - RV-F1315201
This Tennessee DOR form can be used for a variety of tasks, like applying for a new OR duplicate title and registration, ordering disability placards, and registering a salvaged vehicle.
Application for Duplicate Title - RV-F1321801
Use this form to request a duplicate/replacement TN vehicle title.