How to Replace a Title in Texas

Texas Lost Title Replacement Guide

Without your car’s title, you’re restricted from selling and trading. Or, using the vehicle as collateral in a loan application. Texas requires you replace a car title if lost, damaged, or stolen.

You can get a duplicate title a few ways. This article will share the options you have.

What’s Needed to Replace a Car’s Title in Texas

You can replace a title in-person at a local TX DMV location. A mail-in option is available, too.

You’ll need to file the Application for a Certified Copy of Certificate of Title (VTR 34).

You will also need to submit a $5.25 duplicate title fee (in-person) or $2 fee (mail) when processing the replacement request.

Other items you’ll need include:

  • Driver’s license, ID card, or passport
  • Completed VTR-34 application
  • Letter of signature authority, business card, or agent’s ID from owner/lienholder

You may call 1-888-368-4689 or (512) 465-3000 for any questions about lost or destroyed titles.

Replacing/Duplicates In-Person

Replacing a title in-person requires you to:

  1. Locate your local TxDMV office
  2. File and bring the Form VTR-34
  3. Pay the fee (check, cash, card)

This process shouldn’t take long.

Consider calling ahead to check availability and scheduling options to speed it up.

Replacing/Duplicates by Mail

Replacement and duplicate titles are available through the mail.

Provide the VTR-34 form, proof of ID, lien information, and payment (addressed to regional office).

Title Updates/Errors

It’s recommended you consider updating personal information when filing for a replacement or duplicate title. This could include an updated name or address.

You will fill the VTR-34 application as required. Fees apply if the mistake was made on your end. The TxDMV will waive fees if it was an error of theirs.