How to Replace a Title in Texas
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 a title in-person requires you to:
- Locate your local TxDMV office
- File and bring the Form VTR-34
- 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).
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.