How to Recover a Lost or Stolen Boat Title in Texas

By Christell York

Texas Parks and Wildlife handles the replacement of lost, stolen or destroyed boat titles in the state of Texas. Duplicate titles can be obtained by the owner on record, if there is no lien in place. If the boat has an active lien, all title duplicate titles will be mailed to the lien holder on record. You can submit title requests by mail to or appear in person at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Headquarters or a County Tax Assessor's Office.

In Person

Navigate to the Texas Parks and Wildlife and click "FAQ," followed by "Fishing and boating" and "Boat registration and titles."

Click "How do I replace a lost or destroyed title for my boat and/or outboard motor?" and scroll to "How do I replace a lost or destroyed title for my boat and/or outboard motor?" Click "PWD 143M." The Vessel/Boat Records Maintenance form will appear on the next screen. Print and complete the document.

Submit your application in person to a local County Tax Assessor's office, Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Field office or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Headquarters. As of the time of this publication, the fee for a replacement title is $27 and $64 for a "Quick" title. Quick titles are processed the same day, if you submit the application in person --- only at the headquarters location: Texas Parks and Wildlife Headquarters, 4200 Smith School Rd., Austin, TX 78744. Standard title replacement takes 21 days after processing and will be sent to you by mail.

By Mail

Navigate to the Texas Parks and Wildlife and click "FAQ," followed by "Fishing and boating" and "Boat registration and titles."

Click "How do I replace a lost or destroyed title for my boat and/or outboard motor?" and scroll to "How do I replace a lost or destroyed title for my boat and/or outboard motor?" Click "PWD 143M." The Vessel/Boat Records Maintenance form will appear on the next screen. Print and complete the document.

Submit your application to Texas Parks and Wildlife Headquarters, 4200 Smith School Rd., Austin, TX 78744. The headquarters is the only location that processes "Quick" titles. As of the time of this publication, the fee for a "Quick" title is $64. Quick titles are mailed 1 day after being processed.

About the Author

Christell York has been writing professionally since 2008 for various websites and offline for "The Houston Press." She specializes in technical, automotive, travel, personal finance and food articles. York has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and is currently seeking an associate degree in baking and pastries at the Art Institute of Houston.