How to Replace a Title in North Dakota

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You will file a North Dakota title replacement application if something happened to your document. This could include if it was damaged beyond legibility. Or, if 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…

How to Get a North Dakota Duplicate Title?

You can replace your title in person at a local North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) office/location. Or, process the same paperwork and submit it by mail.

You’ll need to file the Application for Certificate of Title & Registration of a Vehicle (SFN 2872).

Then, meet these requirements:

  • Be either the vehicle owner, legal owner, representative
  • Have a signed Power of Attorney or lien release

You will pay the $5 duplication fee when filing to get your duplicate North Dakota 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 ND DMV
  2. Show proof of ID
  3. Show the registration
  4. Provide a reason for the request
  5. Submit your form
  6. Pay the application fee

Your North Dakota title replacement request is processed on location. The document will arrive by mail in about a week or two to the address listed on the application.

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 to the DMV
  • Provide applicable vehicle documents

These documents go to:

Department of Transportation

Motor Vehicle Division

608 E. Boulevard Ave.

Bismarck, ND 58505

Your new title should arrive by mail in about a week or two.

Need Other Services at the ND DMV?

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


Replacing a car title in North Dakota can feel like a daunting task, but with the right know-how and preparation, it doesn’t have to be. Knowing what documents you need ahead of time and ensuring each piece of paperwork is signed properly can save you the headache of having to redo any part of the process.