Replacing a Lost Texas Title
Your vehicle’s title is an extremely important document that should be kept secured against damage, loss, or theft. It contains vital information about your car, and proves that you are its legal owner. You will need it for many kinds of processes with the DPS, or when you want to transfer ownership to someone else. If something happens to your title, it is very important that you obtain a replacement from the DPS as soon as possible.
What is a Title Used For?
Aside from the convenience of your own record-keeping, you will need access to a physical copy of your title for the following situations involving your vehicle:
- Selling or purchasing a car
- Paying back a loan on your car
- Legally changing and updating your name
- Inheriting a vehicle from someone else
- Transferring ownership of your car as a gift or donation
You will not legally be able to complete any of the above if you do not have a physical copy of your title immediately available. Do not wait until you think you will need it to get it replaced. Make it a priority as soon as you know that it has been lost or stolen. The application process is very simple and inexpensive.
Applying for a Duplicate Title
The first step to getting a replacement for your lost or stolen title is to download and fill out an Application for Duplicate Title with the relevant information about your title. This form can be submitted in person or mailed to your regional service center for processing. You will also need to bring a valid photo ID (or include a copy if you are mailing it), and a check, cashier’s check, or money order. You will receive a certified copy of your title in the mail several days later.
If there is a lien on your vehicle, it will be up to the lienholder to request the replacement title instead of you. Additionally, there is a 30-day waiting period after requesting a title replacement for the next one, so you must learn to take good care of your title and not misplace it or allow it to become damaged. Treat it just like any other important documents in your life.