We all lose things from time to time. Sometimes it’s a single sock that goes missing from the dryer, sometimes it’s something important, like your vehicle title.
Before you panic, know that you’re not the only person who has had a title go missing or get destroyed. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has a whole process outlined for these situations. Check it out below:
The first thing you’ll need to do is fill out an Application for Supplemental and Transfer Liens or Replacement and Substitute Titles. Unlike other states, even if the vehicle has multiple owners, you’ll only need to submit one application.
If you had a lien on your vehicle at any point, you’ll have to submit proof that you satisfied the lien in order to get your new title sent to you. Otherwise, the new title will get sent to the previous lienholder.
There is a $10.00 fee for getting a duplicate title. However, the state of Virginia gives you the option to save $1.00 if you submit your application online.
If you choose not to submit your application online, just bring your completed form, your current registration card, and your driver’s license to your local Customer Service Center.
Once you’re finished with that, you’ll be on your way to securing a duplicate title for your vehicle. If you happen to find your old title once you’ve applied for a new one, know that the original is now invalid and will need to be turned in to the DMV.
Note: this information is subject to change and is for informational purposes only. Be sure to check with your local DMV to make sure that all processes are the same, or you can visit the Virginia DMV page.