How do you get a replacement title for a car in NC?

I’ve lost my car title. How do I get a replacement title? I live in North Carolina.

Losing your car title can be nerve-wracking, but don’t worry. You can visit your local DMV office and file an MVR-4 or ask for the application for a duplicate title. It will need to be notarized.
You’ll need to take the following with you:
  • Driver’s license
  • Proof of ownership
  • Car VIN
  • Money to pay for the duplicate title
If there’s a lien-holder for the vehicle, you’re going to need to contact your financing company holding the lien. As in most cases, the lien-holder will need to apply for the replacement on your behalf.
You should receive your replacement title within 60 days. If you have any questions, make sure to contact your local DMV or check out the North Carolina DMV online at
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Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 10, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.

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