The title to a vehicle is a legal document that establishes a particular person as the owner of a vehicle. A vehicle title will typically list identifying information about a vehicle, including the make (such as Ford), model (such as Taurus), year of manufacture, and vehicle identification number. Physically possessing the vehicle title is necessary in order to sell, transfer, or use the car as collateral for a loan. If you have lost the title for your Ford vehicle, it is not necessary to contact your local Ford dealership or Ford Motor Company. Instead, obtaining a new title for your Ford vehicle requires dealing with your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Find your local DMV office. Your state's DMV will likely maintain a list of local offices on its website. However, not all local DMV offices will accept applications for a new title. Be sure that you are actually going to an office that will issue you a duplicate title for your Ford vehicle.
Look up the appropriate form and procedure for obtaining a new title. The appropriate form for obtaining a duplicate title for your Ford vehicle will be available either at your local DMV office or online at the website of your state's DMV. Some states, such as New York, will even allow you to apply for a duplicate title for your Ford vehicle online.
Fill out the appropriate forms or affidavits. Typically, the form for obtaining a duplicate title for your Ford vehicle will require you to disclose personal information. This information typically includes your name, address, and driver's license number. Some states (such as North Carolina), will require you to fill out an affidavit, which will require you to sign the affidavit in front of a notary. Typically, your local bank will provide complimentary notary service, or you can have the documents notarized at the DMV for a small fee.
Pay the appropriate fee. Typically, your state's DMV will charge between $50 and $100 for you to obtain a duplicate title for your Ford vehicle. Be sure to figure out what types of payment your state's DMV will accept. Some offices will only accept cash or check, while others will accept a valid credit card.
Follow the appropriate procedure for sending away for a new title. Most DMV offices will not issue you a new title for your Ford vehicle in person. Other states, such as North Carolina, will issue a new title while you are at the DMV office, for an additional charge. Depending on your state's procedure and whether you decide to obtain a new title on the spot, submit the appropriate filled out forms and proper payment at the DMV.