Replacing a Lost Title in Wisconsin

Replacing a Lost Title in Wisconsin

Your title is an important document, and everyone knows the more important the document, the more likely it is to get lost when you need it. Fortunately, replacing it requires just a little money, a form, and some time.

When you need a replacement, you'll be dealing directly with the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Keep reading this page to find out exactly how to get a duplicate copy of your vehicle title.

Applying for a Duplicate WI Title

You can apply for a duplicate title certificate in Wisconsin online, by mail, or in person at your local WI DMV office.

The fee to replace your Wisconsin title is $20. If you use the online service, tack on an extra online convenience fee.


  • If there is a lien on your vehicle, the title will be sent to the lienholder. However, you will receive a Confirmation of Ownership document that contains the same information as the title. It cannot be used for transfer of ownership.
  • If you have any questions about your specific situation, you may contact the Wisconsin DMV directly by dialing (608) 266-2353 or sending a message to the Wisconsin DMV e-mail service.


To apply for your replacement certificate of title online, you'll need to provide:

  • The last four digits of your Social Security number.
  • Your date of birth.
  • A valid email address.
  • Your car's vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Either your Wisconsin driver's license number or ID card number.
  • A valid credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express).
    • You may also make an ACH payment through your checking or savings account using an e-check.

You should receive your duplicate title within 10 business days.

NOTE: Keep in mind, you cannot cancel your transaction and receive a refund once you complete the online process.

In Person

To replace a missing, damaged, or destroyed title in person, you will need to :

  • Fill out a Replacement Title Application (Form MV2119). You must sign the form.
  • Be sure to bring your driver's license or state ID card.
    • If you fail to bring proof of identity, the Wisconsin DMV will simply mail the duplicate title to the vehicle owner on file or its lienholder.
  • Take your completed form to a Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) service center that offers titling services.
  • Pay the duplicate title fee of $20, plus an extra $5 service fee.
    • The WI DMV accepts payment by cash or check, most debit cards, and VISA, American Express, and Discover.

You'll be able to leave the WI DMV offices with your duplicate title.

NOTE: If you would like someone else to go the service center on your behalf, that person must fill out a Permission to Pick Up Title (Form MV2932) and bring proper photo identification. Otherwise, the title will be mailed to you.


You can also apply for your duplicate title by mail. Just send the completed Replacement Title Application (Form MV2119) along with a check or money order for $20 to:

Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 7949
Madison, WI 53707

Additional Information

If you have any specific questions about the duplicate title process, you can put in a call to the Wisconsin DMV at (608) 264-7447.


Permission to Pick Up Title
Allows the Wisconsin DOT to release an original OR duplicate vehicle title to someone other than the car's registered owner.
Replacement Title Application
Request a replacement vehicle title from the WI DMV.
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