Tennessee Title Replacement: How to Replace Your TN Title

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What can you do when you don’t have your Tennessee title? Not much.

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!

Tennessee requires you replace a car title if lost, damaged, or stolen. You can get a duplicate title a few ways in Tennessee. This article will share the options you have.

How to Replace or Get a Duplicate Tennessee Title

You can replace your vehicle’s title in-person at a local TN Department of Revenue (DOR) location. Mail-in options are available, too, which is a great option if you’re out-of-state. You can also grant permission to have someone submit the application on your behalf if you file the correct paperwork.

You’ll need to file the Application for a Duplicate Certificate of Title (RV-F1321801).

You will show your driver’s license or ID, then submit an $11 duplicate title fee when processing the replacement request. The entire process is quick when you have the paperwork and payment ready.

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

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 TN DOR office
  2. Bring and/or submit the title form
  3. Provide proofs:
    1. Identification
    2. Lien information (if applicable)
  4. Pay the fee (check, cash, card)

Replacing/Duplicates by Mail

Replacing and getting a duplicate title by the mail is the same process. You will file the form and include a check/money order for the application fee. Include everything and send it to your county clerk’s office.

Third-Party Title Replacement or Duplicates

Tennessee lets a trusted third-party process your title replacement on your behalf. They will bring the completed Application for Duplicate Title, $11 duplicate title fee, documents for their ID, and a notarized power of attorney statement to the DOR/county clerk’s office.

Making Corrections or Updating Your Information

It’s worth your while to consider updating personal information when filing for a replacement or duplicate title. You can do this in person at the DMV office while filing the title request.

You can input your new information by adding a “2” in the owner info section. You’ll include a marriage certificate, court order, or divorce decree when filing the paperwork. See our guide to changing your information at an TN DMV if you choose to update other information when going.