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The Process of Replacing Your Car Title

Car titles are a must-have document if you intend on driving in Florida. And in cases where certain unforeseen circumstances cause the loss of your car title, you need to get a replacement as soon as possible. A replaced car title is called a duplicate car title. Replacing your car title can be done either by mail, in-person or online via the GoRenew forum approved by FLHSMV. But you need to get your paperwork ready beforehand.


Here are some of the paperwork required for replacing your car title:

  • Proof of identity

  • Completed application form

  • Lienholder (if any) information

  • Duplicate title fee (rate depends on the county you live in)

  • Odometer disclosure statement


After you have gathered these documents, you can then proceed with your preferred mode of application – online, via mail, or in person.


Online application

To replace your car title online, simply apply through the GoRenew forum approved by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). It’s fast and easy. However, there are certain cases where your application might not go through on the platform. As soon as you notice this, it is advisable to visit your nearest local tax collector’s office to apply.


In-person application

For in-person applications, visit the nearest county tax collector’s office with all the required documents and fees. Depending on the context, the officials may require extra documents from you. Ensure you carry along all applicable documents to prevent unnecessary back and forth. You should get your duplicate car title a few days after your title application.


Email application

To get a duplicate title via email, simply send the applicable documents and details of payment to your county tax collector’s email. Before you apply by email, it is advisable to ensure that the county’s tax collectors office has your updated records. If not, your duplicate car title might get lost in the mail.


Titles with lien

In cases where the previous car title has a lien holder, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) requires that the present owner provides necessary documents indicating that the lien on the car has been fully paid. When these documents are scrutinized and verified by your local tax collector’s office, the lien would be removed. This automatically gives you the legal right as the owner of the car.


Types of Car Titles

There are several types of car titles recognized in Florida. The car title applicable to your car depends on the nature of the vehicle and other external related factors. The types of car titles in Florida include but are not limited to certificate of origin, reconstructed titles, junk titles, bonded titles, and clear titles. Be sure to get car title(s) applicable to the nature of your vehicle.


Getting a replacement car title isn’t as complex as it may seem initially. You simply need to gather the right documents and tender through your preferred application platform or reach out to us at Auto Tags to help you navigate it seamlessly. Remember to contact your local tax collector’s office for further clarifications and questions on duplicate car titles in your location.


Be sure to apply for a new car title as soon as possible so that your old title is not used for fraud or further theft. If you find your old car title after getting a new one, you have to shred the old title as it is no longer valid and recognized. When it comes to getting your Broward tag and title needs completed, don’t waste your time at the Broward County DMV. Come to East Broward Auto Tags for all things Broward tag renewals. Auto Tags of East Broward is the best Broward County tag agency. Give us a call or visit our website to learn more, or to start your online renewal.


For more information on replacement car titles, check out these great resources below:

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