How to Replace a Lost or Stolen Car Title in Michigan

There are plenty of important documents we are responsible for keeping safe, your car title is one of them. This piece of paper proves that you are the registered owner of your vehicle, which is vital if you plan on selling it, transferring ownership, or registering your vehicle in another state. Even with your best intentions, life happens and you can end up losing this car title, damaging it, or even having it stolen. If any of these has happened then you will be able to apply for a duplicate title to be sent to you.

In the state of Michigan the process is relatively simple. Here are the steps involved.

  • Find your nearest Secretary of State (SOS) branch office so you can go in person and obtain the Application for Michigan Vehicle Title (Form TR-11L).

  • Be sure to have ID on you when you visit the SOS branch, your state ID card or driver's license are acceptable forms of ID.

  • Be sure to have the fee with you, which is $15 for a duplicate title.

  • As far as the timeline goes, it usually takes about 10 days to be sent to you after the form is processed.

  • Sometimes you can be in a situation where you need the title fast. If that's the case there are some SOS branches that offer "instant titling services". These ones provide same day titles. Just be sure to call in advance to ensure you qualify for this process.

  • Keep in mind all of the owners must sign the form and be there in person with proper identification. An Appointment of Agent form can be used if the owners aren't all able to be there.

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


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