How to Replace a Lost Title in Maine

Replace Car Title
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You will file a Maine title replacement application if something happened to your document. This could include if your title was damaged beyond legibility. Or, if it were stolen or lost sometime along the way.

You’ll want to get the title in order if you ever plan to transfer ownership. This is your legal document showing you have ownership of the vehicle. Without it, you can’t sell it, donate it, or complete your vehicle registration or renewals – so make sure it’s safe!

If your title is nowhere to be found, then follow this guide on…

The Maine Duplicate Title Process

Maine requires you replace a car title if lost, damaged, or stolen.

You can replace your title in-person at a local Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) office/location. Or, process the same paperwork and submit it by mail.

You’ll need to file the Duplicate Title Application (MVT-8) and meet these requirements:

  • Have the title signed by the owner
  • Fill in the section if your mailing address is different

You will pay a $33 fee when you file this document to get your duplicate Maine vehicle title.

Other items you may need:

  • Driver’s license or ID card
  • License plate number
  • Vehicle’s VIN, make, model, and year
  • Vehicle’s registration proof of ownership
  • Any lien details and power of attorney (if applicable)

While these items aren’t entirely necessary, you may want to have them on-hand in case you need to process other items at the DMV. These documents also prove handy if you’re making corrections.

Replacing/Duplicates In-Person

Replacing a title in-person requires you to:

  1. Locate your local ME DMV
    1. Check if your office handles titling (some don’t)
  2. Show proof of ID
  3. Submit your form
    1. May require MVT-12 for lienholder release
  4. Pay the application fee

Your Maine title replacement request is processed on location. The document will arrive by mail in about a week to the address listed on the application. You may pay $10 extra to have the title expedited so it gets to you faster.

Replacing/Duplicates by Mail

Rather not go to the DMV and, instead, do the process by mail?

You will:

  • Complete the paperwork (listed above)
  • Include a check ($33) addressed to “Secretary of State”

These documents go to:

Vehicle Services – Title Section

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

29 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333

Your new title should arrive by mail in about 2 weeks.

Need Other Services at the ME DMV?

You can use your time at the DMV to update personal information or complete other actions like an ME title transfer. Use your time efficiently by planning before going. Our other OK DMV guides share the full details on how to complete these actions so your time at the DMV is frustration-free!