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When you need to get a new vehicle title, you’ll need to file for a lost title or use a method of title recovery. The vehicle title is the most important document in relation to a vehicle and proves legal proof of ownership. But what if the title wasn’t in your name? How do you get a new one or file for a lost title?
A lost title is also more commonly known as a duplicate title or a replacement title. A lost title is a vehicle title that was previously titled in your name, but the certificate has been lost, damaged, destroyed, or stolen. A lost title or duplicate title process requires that the individual applying for the title must be the registered owner in the DMV database. If you were not the last titled owner, you are not eligible for a duplicate or replacement title.
If the title you’re applying for was not last issued in your name, you will not be able to obtain a duplicate title. Instead, there are multiple different options for title recovery that may fit your situation.
Title recovery is necessary when you have come into possession of a vehicle and did not receive a vehicle title at the time of purchase or lost the title before it could be transferred to your name. Title recovery uses legal methods allowed by the DMV in your state to get a new title for you in your name when you are lacking sufficient evidence of ownership. Each state determines the title recovery methods that are allowed by law.
The title recovery method that is best for your vehicle situation will depend on the following factors:
Vermont Title Loophole
Prior Owner Contact
Deceased Owner Title Transfer
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