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Lost Vehicle Titles

If a title is lost or destroyed, you can get a certified copy by following the steps below. If a lien is recorded, the lienholder should complete the application for certified copy of title. There is a 30-day waiting period to apply for a certified copy of title after the last one was issued.

By Mail

  1. Complete a certified copy of title application.
  2. Enclose a copy of the owners' valid photo ID and $2 mail-in fee by check, cashier's check or money order (no cash accepted) payable to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. An agent of the owner or lienholder must also provide a letter of signature authority on original letterhead, a business card or a copy of the agent's employee ID.
  3. Mail the application to your TxDMV regional service center.

In Person

  1. Visit the nearest TxDMV regional service center.
  2. Complete a certified copy of title application.
  3. Provide a valid photo ID and $5.45 fee by check, cash or money order (no debit or credit card accepted). An agent of the owner or lienholder must also provide a letter of signature authority on original letterhead, a business card or a copy of the agent's employee ID.

Valid Photo Identification

Note: If a motor vehicle is titled in more than one name, identification for each owner must be presented.

Acceptable photo IDs include current:

  1. state or U.S. Government or U.S. Territory issued photo IDs, such as Texas or other state driver license or identification card,
  2. U.S. or foreign passport (U.S. passport card is acceptable) or military identification.
  3. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) identification or identification issued under a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA); or
  4. United States Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or United States Department of State identification document
  5. Native Americans may present one of the following:
    1. Enhanced Tribal Card (U.S. Customs and Border Protection); or,
    2. Form I-872 American Indian Card for the Texas and Oklahoma Kickapoo American and Mexican members (Immigration and Naturalization Service).

The acceptable identification documents listed above must include:

  1. a photo of the applicant;
  2. a unique identification number; and,
  3. an expiration date.

Special Situations

If the motor vehicle is titled in the name of a business, government entity, leasing company, lienholder or organization, in addition to acceptable identification, an original business card of the agent or authorization on company letterhead matching the identification of the employee or agent is required. This authorization letter must be signed by someone other than the agent signing for the applicant.

If the motor vehicle is titled in the name of a trust, then the current identification of the trustee making application must be presented. In order to identify the trustee(s) authorized to sign, the application should also be supported by one of the following:

  1. Affidavit of Trust;
  2. Statement of Fact for a Trust; or
  3. Original or certified copy of the trust agreement.

If the title application is signed with a Power of Attorney, in addition to the requirements above, the following must also be provided:

  1. Current identification matching the person or employee of the entity named as power of attorney;
  2. Acceptable current identification of the owner(s) or lienholder; and,
  3. If provided to a business, an original business card or authorization written on the letterhead of an entity named as power of attorney that matches the identification of the employee.

NOTE: Businesses given power of attorney are required to provide a letter of signature authority on original letterhead, business card or a copy of employee ID.

If you have other questions regarding lost or destroyed titles, read our FAQs or call us at (888) 368-4689 and (512) 465-3000.