A car title is the document that shows ownership. Cars cannot be sold or transferred without the title. A replacement title must be obtained if the original is lost or stolen. Each state has its own procedures for obtaining a duplicate title.
Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in your state. Ask what documents the state requires to replace the title. Find out if this service is offered through the mail or by personal appearance. Going into an agency is usually the quickest way to get a duplicate title.
Gather the necessary documents. A registration may serve as proof of ownership. If the registration is not available, locate the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on your car and write it down.
Take all necessary documents to the DMV, along with your drivers license to verify identity. Fill out a title replacement application and pay the required fees. In most states, your replacement title will be sent in the mail.