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Getting a Replacement Car Title: A Guide

In most cases, a replacement car title is needed when your original car title has been damaged or misplaced. If you fall under this category and you need to get a replacement car title as soon as possible - or you just want some extra knowledge - we have all you need to guide you through this replacement process. Keep reading for a full insight on getting a replacement car title in Florida!


Assessment of paperwork

It is important to assess whether or not you possess the mandatory paperwork expected by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). This paperwork, which is specific to Florida, includes any necessary lienholder information, application for a duplicate title form, replacement title fee, documentation of identification (often a photocopy of your driver's license or identification card), and an odometer disclosure statement.


If you don’t have any or some of this paperwork, it is advisable that you start working towards getting them as you might not be able to start the process without them.


Complete your form

For a replacement car title, It is required that you complete the duplicate request form. The whereabouts of the other certificate, your phone number, the make and type of your car, and an application attestation are among the details requested on this form. Keep in mind that it's crucial to submit a new application if your address and the address of your car don't match. It is also necessary for you to submit the theft report after completing this form if you want to apply for a title that was stolen.


Once you have all the necessary paperwork, you can select how you want your replacement to be completed: through email correspondence, in-person collection, or online collection:


In-person collection

In-person car title replacements can be done at your county tax collector’s office. All you need are the already highlighted paperwork above. Also, keep in mind that you will be expected to pay a replacement car title fee upon submission so it is important to go along with money for payment. These fees differ per county, so it is advisable to verify the fee you are to pay at your county tax collector’s office.


Email correspondence

Similar to a quick and simple physical registration, you can register for a replacement by mail and receive it in a short period. It is usually issued via US mail. To get your replacement car title through email correspondence, simply tender the required paperwork, along with the applicable fees, to the county tax collector's office.


Online collection

You can sit in the convenience of your home and register online. All you have to do to get a replacement car title is to apply online via the FLHSMV forum. A car title is a must-have for every vehicle in Florida and when you need to get a replacement, it is best to act with haste because you don’t want to get in trouble for not having a title at hand.


At Auto Tags of East Broward, we help you secure title transfers, register your out-of-state vehicles, and provide other consultation and Broward County DMV alternative services in South Florida. Don’t waste your time at any other Broward tag agencies when you can stop by East Broward Auto Tags. We specialize in all things Broward tag and title, including Broward County tag renewals, and more. Check out our website here or find our online renewals page here to get started.


Check out these other great resources to learn more about the basics of getting a replacement car title:

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