You should immediately start the application process for a replacement title if your title is lost, stolen, damaged, or illegible.
Irrespective of the circumstances that rendered your old title unusable, the procedure to get a new title remains basically the same.
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NOTE: When your title is damaged or illegible, be sure to include your existing title in your replacement application.
What Car Require an Alabama Title?
You must have a current and legible Alabama certificate of title if your car is:
- Less than 35 model years old.
- Operated within Alabama.
- Registered in Alabama.
A travel trailer, folding/collapsible camping trailer, or manufactured home which is less than 20 model years old must also have an Alabama certificate of title.
NOTE: Junked vehicles do not need Alabama certificate of title, nor do ATVs, snowmobiles, and other off-road vehicles.
How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title
You could submit your request by mail or in person at your local Alabama Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division designated officials including:
- County license plate issuing officials.
- All licensed Alabama motor vehicle dealers.
- Some banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions within Alabama.
You can procure a replacement title for your vehicle by submitting an Application for Replacement Title form Form (MVT-12-1) with a $15 fee to the Alabama Department of Revenue.
After inputing all necessary information, you must print the application out and mail it to the following address along with the $15 fee:
- Alabama Department of Revenue
- Motor Vehicle Division―Title Section
- P O Box 327640
- Montgomery, AL 36132-7640
Be sure to send a cashier’s check or money order payable to the Alabama Department of Revenue; cash and personal checks are not accepted.
After they process your paperwork and payment, Department of Revenue officials can send by mail your replacement title to the address of your choice. However, to give authorization for special mailing, you’ll need to fill out section “E” of your application.
NOTE: You will have to state the reason you are requesting a replacement and provide complete vehicle details. If there is a lien on the car, you’ll also need to include all the lienholder information on the form. Alabama law requires that replacement titles with multiple lienholders be mailed to the first lienholder. You cannot add, remove, or otherwise alter existing liens on a replacement title.
Restrictions and Limitations on Replacing a Lost Title
To qualify for a replacement title, your motor vehicle must be currently titled in the state of Alabama. The term motor vehicle covers automobiles, motorcycles, mobile trailers, trucks, truck tractors, semitrailers, trailers, and other transportation equipments that are self-propelled or drawn by a motorized conveyance without the use of stationary rails or tracks.