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How do I replace a missing car title in Pennsylvania?

Someone stole the title from my car and I need to replace it. Where can I do that, and how much will it cost me?

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Liz Jenson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Luckily, losing your car title isn’t the end of the world.
Car titles can be replaced
—but there are a few things you’ll need to do first: 
  • Paperwork: To apply for a new title, you’ll need to fill out an Application for Duplicate Title form, otherwise known as Form MV-38O. These forms are available electronically on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Driver and Vehicle Services website or in hard copy at authorized PennDOT locations.
  • Fees: Each state’s title fee is different, but in Pennsylvania, you’ll be paying $58.00 to replace your car’s title. 
Pennsylvania does not issue duplicate titles in person. You will need to send the form and check or money order to the following address: PA Department of Transportation Bureau of Motor Vehicles P.O. Box 68593 Harrisburg, PA 17106-8593
Once you have mailed the appropriate documents, you should receive your new car title within 5 to 10 business days. If your title wasn’t the only thing stolen from your car, you may also want to check with your insurance provider to see if your policy covers theft. 
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