Michigan Title Replacement: How to Replace Your Lost Title
A vehicle doesn’t have much purpose without its title.
By not having a title, you’re restricted from selling and trading. Or, using it as collateral in a loan application. This is quite the trouble because you can’t technically prove ownership of the vehicle!
Michigan requires you replace a car title if lost, damaged, or stolen. You can get a duplicate title a few ways in Michigan. This article will share the options you have.
What’s Needed to Replace a Car’s Title in Michigan (or Get a Duplicate)
You can replace your vehicle’s title in-person at a local MI DMV Secretary of State (SOS) location. Mail-in options are available, too, providing a quick-and-easy way to get back on the road but are typically reserved for those currently out of the state.
You’ll need to file the Application for Michigan Vehicle Title (TR-11L).
You will show your driver’s license or ID, then submit a $15 duplicate title fee when processing the replacement request. The entire process shouldn’t take longer than 10 days.
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
Having these items when you go in-person can make the process go faster but an ID will generally suffice for the Michigan SOS.
Replacing a title in-person requires you to:
- Locate your local SOS/DMV office
- File and bring the Form TR-11L
- Pay the fee (check, cash, card)
Replacing/Duplicates by Mail
Replacement and duplicate titles are available through the mail. This is a great option if you’re currently out of state. This process shouldn’t take long if you have the paperwork and payment ready.
You can get a duplicate title by mail following these steps:
- Gather your proof of vehicle ownership
- Complete the TR-11L form
- Complete a Special Mailing of Title Request (TR-114)
- If: You’re having it mailed to a different address than listed on file
- Include a payment
- Check or money order
- Address to: State of Michigan
You will send these documents and payment to:
Michigan Department of State
Special Services Branch
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918
Congratulations! You’re good to go!
It’s recommended you consider updating personal information when filing for a replacement or duplicate title. You can do this in person at the SOS office while filing the title request.
You will show your documents, ID/driver’s license, and pay the fee when updating.