How to Get an Alabama Replacement Title

A lost, stolen, or damaged title can be replaced in Alabama by submitting an application online or in person and paying the application fee.
Written by Max Werner
Edited by Bellina Gaskey
You can get a replacement title in
by applying with the Alabama Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division through the online Public Title Portal or in person at a local licensing office. 
  • If your vehicle’s original Alabama title is lost, stolen, or damaged, you’ll need to order a replacement.
  • You will need to provide some basic vehicle information, proof of ownership, and pay a $15.00 application fee for a replacement title.
  • It can take up to 7-14 business days to receive your replacement title.

What you’ll need to replace a lost title in Alabama 

When getting a replacement title in the state of Alabama, you’ll need to compile the following documents:
If your Alabama certificate of title is held by a
, be sure to bring any lien details and power of attorney documents if needed.
Pro Tip: If your car is currently registered in a jurisdiction that doesn’t have your vehicle title, you must provide registration documents which prove ownership of the vehicle.

How to apply for a replacement title in Alabama 

You can complete the replacement title application
or in person. Each avenue has a payment requirement of $15.00.
To apply online:
To apply in person:
  • Visit your local
    licensing or titling office
  • Show proof of identification (like a driver’s license).
  • Provide vehicle identification number (VIN) and any other requested information for your title application.
You will receive the duplicate title by mail after the clerk processes your order.
Pro Tip: For motor vehicles with liens, the replacement title will be sent to the recorded lienholder unless you provide a
lien release
. For leased motor vehicles, note that you do not need to provide a bill of sale to obtain an Alabama certificate of title. 

How long does it take to get a replacement title in Alabama?

After completing the application, in the state of Alabama, the registered owner can expect to receive your duplicate title in the mail within 7-14 business days

When do you need a replacement title?

There are several instances that may lead a registered owner to request a replacement title. Some examples include:
  • Illegible
  • Damaged
  • Altered
  • Never received from the Alabama Department of Revenue (DOR)
If the registered owner has recently had a name change, they will also need to get their title (and all legal documents) to match the exact spelling of their new name, otherwise they may not be able to apply for a replacement title.
Without an Alabama certificate of title, you won’t be able to buy, sell, or
transfer ownership
of your vehicle,
register it out-of-state
, or prove your ownership. 
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