Do you have plans of selling your car in the future? What about transferring ownership, perhaps passing it over to one of your kids when they turn 16? In order to do either of these you’ll need to have your car title. Now what happens when you go to get your car title and realize you’ve either lost it, or it has been stolen? While this is definitely concerning, it’s not out of the ordinary. That’s why you will be able to take steps in order to have a duplicate car title made.

In the state of New York a duplicate car title is obtained through the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV has made the process as simple and quick as possible so that you can get what you need and be on your way. You have the ability to apply in person, by mail, or online, whichever is the most convenient for you.

In person

  • If you opt to apply for your duplicate car title in person you’ll need to begin by filling out the Application for Duplicate Title (Form MV-902). As well you will need proof of your identity.

  • Take all of this information to your local NY DMV.

  • There is a $20 fee you will have to pay for the duplicate car title.

By mail

  • In order to apply by mail you will still need proof of ID in the form of a photocopy, and the completed Form MV-902. Keep in mind the fee of $20 should be enclosed in the form of a check.

  • The information can be mailed to:

    New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
    Title Bureau
    P.O. Box 2750
    Albany, NY 12220

  • If you are in a rush for your duplicate car title, you can send the package to:

    Duplicate Title Certificates New York State Department of Motor Vehicles 6 Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12228

Online

  • Perhaps the easiest way to apply for your duplicate title is to do so online. Just visit the NY DMV website and follow the steps.

You can find more information about replacing a lost or stolen car title in New York by visiting the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles site.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Replace a Lost or Stolen Car Title in New York and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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