Consumer Title Resource | Since 2009!

Lost Vehicle Title Before Transfer Registration

So, how do you fix a problem if you lose your title before transferring the registration to your name? If you have a vehicle that you purchased and lost the title before switching it to your name, you may have found out from the DMV that you have some difficulties.

Assessing ownership duration
Let’s start with this: first, find out how long you’ve had the car. If you’ve had it for a long time and lost track of the prior owner or seller, that might pose a problem. However, if it’s only been a few days, it might be easier to resolve.

Checking available documents
Next, look at what documents you have. Do you have a copy of the title? Perhaps a bill of sale that’s signed? What about the old registration? Having these documents will help you progress down the chain of events to get a title.

DIY vs. hiring help
It’s very likely you can handle this yourself. Many title agents online charge money for services to fix this problem. However, the only reason they’re charging money is because they have knowledge of a process that you can do yourself, and you just don’t know about it yet.

The DIY Process
Depending on the year of the vehicle, its type, and what paperwork you have, it’s often a do-it-yourself process. It typically costs very little, if any money at all. You can ask questions about your particular scenario at

By following these steps and understanding the process, you can navigate through the challenges of lost vehicle titles and ensure that your ownership is properly documented and transferred.

Visit Our YouTube Channel for more insights and discussions on various topics. Consider subscribing to our YouTube channel. Click here

Have Title Questions? Talk to a Car Title Expert.

Book a consultation with a Car Title Expert from to get personalized guidance on your title recovery journey.

Don’t let uncertainty hold you back. If it’s your car, you deserve a title.

Share this article!

Check Your VIN Instantly:

Powered by