A. When an original certificate of title has been mutilated, lost or destroyed, or never received, the last registered owner or their agent can apply for a "duplicate" title. A Vehicle Application form (DPSMV1799
) must be completed and the "Duplicate Title Affidavit" section must be completed and notarized. In lieu of notarization, the application can be signed in front of an Office of Motor Vehicle employee or a Public Tag Agency employee. The applicant must present proper identification before signing. If a lien was recorded on the vehicle, a satisfaction of lien must also be submitted. In cases where the lien is to remain on the vehicle, the "Affidavit of Non-Possession of Title By Lienholder" must also be completed and notarized. Fees required include $68.50 for title and
$8.00 (Fees may vary) handling fee.
A copy of the Louisiana registration certificate should be submitted with the request, if available. Louisiana microfilm records are maintained for seven years. Please include a note advising us if you are unable to furnish a copy of any previous Louisiana registration certificate. This will help expedite your request and prevent the file from being rejected.
The authorization statement must be checked and the mail-to address completed on the application when requesting the duplicate title be mailed to someone other than the registered owner.
A notarized power of attorney must be submitted with the file if an agent executes the application on behalf of the registered owner.
If the registered owner no longer resides in Louisiana, it will be necessary to submit a statement from the Office of Motor Vehicles in the owner's state of residence verifying no title has been issued by that jurisdiction.
NOTE: We cannot issue a duplicate title in a deceased owner’s name. See "Transfer vehicle from deceased owner.
Acceptable methods of payment
for vehicle registration transactions are as follows:
Face to Face Transactions:
Credit cards, debit cards, cash, money orders, electronic funds transfer and E-checks. A transaction fee will be assessed for payments made with a credit/debit card and E-checks as indicated below:
Credit/Debit - $1.25 plus 1% of transaction total
E-checks - $1.00
MAIL IN FILES:
Personal or Business Checks (A drivers license number, telephone number, and street address must be included or your check will be returned)
Electronic Funds Transfer
All documents and fees must be submitted simultaneously to the local Office of Motor Vehicles
or mailed to Headquarters.
Refer to Section IV, Policies 15.00
for additional information.