Replacing a Lost Title in Virginia

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: online or in person at your local VA DMV office.


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 $15 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:

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.


ISD 01
Address Change Request
Use this form to update your address with the Virginia DMV when you move.
VSA 66
Application for Supplemental and Transfer Liens or Replacement and Substitute Titles
Submit this form to the DMV to request a lien transfer OR supplemental lien on your VA vehicle title.
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