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Getting a Replacement Car Title - The Basics

If you've lost or damaged your car title in Florida, don't worry - it's not the end of the world. In most cases, you can easily obtain a replacement car title from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). Here are the basics of what you need to know:


  • Determine if you're eligible for a replacement car title.

To get a replacement car title in Florida, you'll need to first make sure that the original title is lost, stolen, or damaged beyond legibility. If the original title is not lost, stolen, or damaged, you will not be eligible for a replacement title. Additionally, if you're not the owner, you'll need to have the owner's written permission to obtain a replacement title.

If you're not sure if you're eligible for a replacement title, you can contact your local tax collector's office for more information. They will be able to provide guidance and answer any questions you may have about the eligibility requirements for a replacement title in Florida.


  • Gather the necessary documents.

In order to apply for a replacement car title, you'll need to provide the FLHSMV with a few key pieces of information. This includes your vehicle identification number (VIN), the make and model of your vehicle, and the date of sale. You'll also need to provide proof of your identity, such as a valid driver's license or state-issued ID card.


  • Complete the application for a replacement car title.

The FLHSMV has an online application system that you can use to apply for a replacement car title. Simply visit their website and follow the instructions to complete the application process. If you prefer, you can also apply in person at a local FLHSMV office. If you are submitting in person, take the completed application and supporting documents to your local tax collector's office. The staff at the office will review your application and documents to make sure they are complete and correct. Once they are satisfied, they will process your request and issue a replacement title.


  • Pay the required fees.

In order to obtain a replacement car title, you'll need to pay a fee to the FLHSMV. The exact amount will depend on the type of vehicle you have and the reason for the replacement title.


  • Wait for your replacement car title to arrive.

Once you've completed the application process and paid the required fees, the FLHSMV will process your request and mail you a replacement car title. This can take several weeks, so you have to exercise patience. Remember that the car title is essential and you must have it to avoid trouble with the law.


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 County tag and title, including Broward 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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