New Mexico Replacement Title

It costs $5 to order a New Mexico replacement title by mail or in person.
Written by R.E. Fulton
Reviewed by Carrie Adkins
Your vehicle title is arguably your car’s most important document. To order a replacement title in
New Mexico
, you’ll need a completed application form, proof of ID, your car’s information and registration, and a $5 fee. 
  • When a New Mexico vehicle title gets lost, stolen, or damaged, the legal owner can apply for a replacement title by mail or in person.
  • Getting a replacement title in New Mexico involves submitting a duplicate title form, proving your identity and vehicle ownership, and paying a $5 title fee.
  • It typically takes one to two weeks to receive a replacement New Mexico title by mail.

What you’ll need to get a replacement title in New Mexico

Replacing a lost title in the state of New Mexico is fairly easy. You’ll just need to prove you’re the registered owner of the vehicle and pay the applicable fee. 
All you’ll need is: 
  • Your
    New Mexico driver's license
    or other proof of ID
  • License plate number
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • Vehicle registration
  • A $5 fee
  • Lienholder information (if there’s a lien on the original title)
  • Proof of power of attorney (if you’re applying for a replacement title on behalf of someone else)
Note: A bill of sale might not be required in every situation, but it can show proof of a transfer of ownership when necessary.

How to apply for a replacement title in New Mexico

New Mexico allows drivers to apply for a replacement vehicle title either in person at a New Mexico MVD field office or by mail. 
To request a replacement title in person: Bring the documents listed above to your
local MVD field office
. You can schedule an appointment online in advance.
Submit your application along with a photo ID and pay the $5 fee. 
To request a replacement title by mail: Complete the paperwork listed above and include a money order or check for $5 made payable to “Motor Vehicle Division.” 
Mail the documents, including photocopies of your license and registration, to: 
Vehicle Services Bureau
P.O. Box 1028
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1028

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

Whether you applied by mail or in person, it will take about one to two weeks for the Motor Vehicle Division to process your application and mail your document to you. 

When do you need a replacement title?

Your car’s title certifies ownership of the vehicle, so it’s an essential document to have if you want to
sell your car
You should keep your title in a secure place like a personal safe or a fireproof document box at all times, but you may need to order a replacement if the original is: 
  • Stolen
  • Damaged
  • Lost
  • Mutilated or illegible
  • Never sent by the MVD or previous vehicle owner


New Mexico allows drivers to apply for a replacement title by mail—just be sure to include photocopies of all your documents and a $5 check or money order.
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