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Lost Car Title in NC


You may be wondering what to do if you lost your car title, and are asking yourself “How do I get a new one.”
If you live in the Tar Heel state, you’ve come to the right place. Keep Reading.

How to File for a Lost Title in NC (For registered owners)

If you are the registered owner (last owner) can just apply for a duplicate of the original title.

Below are the steps on how to get a replacement for a lost car title in North Carolina:

Step 1 for Duplicate for Lost Car Title in NC:

Requirements & Documents

When completing forms and documents, always read and complete the entire set of directions.
Identification will be required for all services that are processed in person.
View Acceptable  Identification Documents for NC DMV

Lien Release – Must be completed if there are any liens shown on the vehicles title.
Application for Duplicate Title (MVR-4) [PDF] – Must be notarized & completed exactly as the original

Step 2 for Duplicate for Lost Car Title in NC:

Bring in all the filled out paperwork and submit payment for your application

Payments at License Plate Agencies Offices are accepted in the form of cash, money order, personal checks, or credit cards (Visa, Discover, and Mastercard only) Debit cards are not accepted.

Duplicate Title Fees

Duplicate Certificate of Title – $15.00
Duplicate Certification of Title & Removal of Lien(s) or Duplicate Title with correction ) – $15.00

North Carolina Locations for Submission

Wondering where you are supposed to go to file your application and pay? Use this link below to find a location near you.
Title & Registration Offices by city in North Carolina


Estimated Wait Time: Don’t expect to be issued an immediate duplicate title.. The DMV requires that all duplicate title applications “age” for 15 days.

Lost Car Title in NC and Not the Registered Owner? (COMPLEX)

Are you missing information or not the registered owner of the original title?  Here is when it gets more complex and you’ll need help from an auto title service. Auto Title Pros is here to help, we can get you a vehicle title for your vehicle with very little effort from you. Get Started Now.

1. Replacing lost car title in NC, with previous owner available.

If you bought or were given a vehicle from someone, first see if it is possible for them to get a title duplicate by using the process explained above.  If they are able to, let them go through that process then have them sign the title over to you. If you need assistance with this, contact us.  If you cannot get in contact with the last owner, see the next situation.

Estimated Wait Time: The wait time depends on if the previous owner a) has the title in hand and b) if not, then the duration it takes for them to complete the process above, wait on DMV “aging” time of 15 days,  and then get the title signed into your name.

2. Replacing a lost car title in NC , without contact with previous owner.

Are you in one of these situations:

• Previous owner/family member has deceased
• Previous owner cannot be contacted
• Car has been abandoned on your property
• Car has been towed an is unclaimed
• You need to place a mechanic’s lien on a car for the title because of non payment.

In these complicated cases, the process is much more in depth.  The previous owners and lien holders must be extinguished from the title, in order to transfer the title into your name.  This process takes a series of actions which can include background checks, notification to all previous owners, private investigation, and DMV communication through the process.

Auto Title Pros makes this process much easier by doing all the hard work for you. Estimated Wait Time: Anywhere from 90-120 Days, and could be shorter depending on the complexity of the situation.


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