You may request a duplicate certificate of title if your original title has been lost, destroyed, altered, or mutilated. You may also request a duplicate title if the lien on the vehicle has been paid-off, or if the title has been assigned to the wrong owner(s).
Finally, if you are returning to Maryland from another state, you may be issued a duplicate title if your vehicle had been previously titled in Maryland in the same name(s) as the out of state title.
What Should I Do If My Title Contains Incorrect Information?
If your title contains incorrect information, you must request that your title be “Corrected.’ The Real ID Act requires that all personal identifying information [PII] be corrected on your driver license, ID card or permit first through the driver license system (DLS) prior to document changes. Once the DLS system is updated, a corrected title may be applied for. The MVA form VR-448 will need to be completed.
How Do I Request a Duplicate Certificate of Title?
Except through an authorized tag & title service or dealership, the MVA will mail the duplicate title to the address of record and it will take from 1-3 weeks.
- At an authorized tag and title service licensed by the MVA,
- In person at any of the MVA’s full service branch offices,
- At a KIOSK located in all full service and Express Service MVA’s,
- Through the mail at the Glen Burnie Headquarters branch,
- Online through the MVA’s website.
May Someone Other Than the Vehicle Owner Obtain a Duplicate Certificate of Title?
Under certain circumstances, an authorized representative of a vehicle owner may obtain a duplicate title. The representative may need one or more of the following documents:
- State Issued license or ID,
- Death Certificate,
- Letters of Administration: Authorizes representative to act on behalf of the deceased owner,
- Trustee Appointment Order: Issued by the court authorizing a trustee to act on behalf of a trust,
- Power of Attorney: Authorizes representative of the owner(s) to apply for a duplicate title with photo identification. However, the duplicate title will be mailed to the vehicle owner.
What Should I Do If I Never Received My Original/Duplicate Title?
- If your original/duplicate title and it was processed and returned to the MVA [within 90-days], you may submit a completed Certification of Non-Receipt of Original/Duplicate Title Certificate form (VR-091) by mail to the MVA and a title will be issued at no charge.
- If your title was not returned to the Administration and your request for a title was made within the last 90 days, you may submit the Certification of Non-Receipt of Original/Duplicate Title Certificate for review by supervision. A charge may apply.
- Requests made after 90 days will require you to apply for a duplicate title and pay the $20.00 fee.
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