Perhaps you’ve never needed your car title before, but now that you are thinking about selling it, transferring ownership, or using it as collateral for a loan, the car title is needed. Over time it’s not unusual to misplace the title or even have it stolen. Unfortunately you will need a copy of it though if you want to do any of the above. In these cases you'll want to look at obtaining a duplicate car title as soon as possible.

In the state of Wisconsin motorists can obtain this duplicate title through the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The process is straight-forward so that you can get it done in a short amount of time. You can apply in person, by mail, or online.

Here’s a look at the steps involved:

In person

  • You can apply in person at your nearest WI DMV office. You may want to call ahead to be sure that office takes care of duplicate titles.

  • You will need to complete the Replacement Title Application (Form MV2119). All owners must sign the form.

  • When you head to the office to hand it in, you'll need to bring proof of your identity (your state ID card or your driver's license).

  • There is a $20 cost for a duplicate fee, as well as a $5 service fee. This fee can be paid by credit card, debit card, check, or cash.

By mail

  • Follow the same steps in filling out the form, and include the fee of $20 by money order or check. The information can be mailed to the following address:

    Department of Transportation
    P.O. Box 7949
    Madison, WI 53707

Online

  • Applying online gives you the convenience to do so from your home. Keep in mind you will need an email address, your date of birth, your social security number, your VIN, a debit or credit card (for the fee), and your ID car number or driver's license.

You can find more information about replacing a lost or stolen car title in Wisconsin by visiting the Department of Motor Vehicles helpful website.

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


Share This Photo X