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Duplicate Title


There are various situations that may require you to request a duplicate title.  In most cases, you can either visit a motor vehicle agency or submit the paperwork through the mail to complete this transaction.  However, there are some exceptions, so read through the examples carefully to determine which applies to you.  You may contact the MVC’s Duplicate Title Unit at 609-292-6500 ext. 5074 with questions.

Duplicate title for a vehicle that owned or leased/financed

 

  • Complete the Application for Duplicate Certificate of Ownership (form OS/SS-52) – available online and at motor vehicle agencies.
  • Provide a current or expired registration, proof of insurance or a certified registration record.
    • If a current or expired registration or proof of insurance is not available, you may apply for a certified registration record by completing a Vehicle Registration Application Request (form DO-11-A) and taking it to a full service motor vehicle agencyor  mailing it to:

       

      New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
      Certified Information Unit
      225 East State Street
      PO Box 146
      Trenton NJ 08666-0146

  • There is a $60 fee.  The MVC accepts American Express® card, MasterCard®, Visa® card, check, money order or cash at motor vehicle agencies; if submitting through the mail then include a check or money order only, payable to the NJMVC).
    • If mailing, send to the following:

       

      New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
      Special Titles Section/Duplicate Titles
      225 East State Street
      PO Box 017
      Trenton, NJ 08666-0017

  • If the vehicle is leased/financed, you must have all of the above documentation, plus a statement from the current/past lien holder that includes the following:
    • Owner’s name;
    • Make, year, and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN); and
    • Signed statement from the representative submitting the letter on behalf of the lien holder, declaring that the original title is not in their possession.

*NOTE: A duplicate title issued with a lien will be mailed to the lien holder.

Duplicate title with no proof of ownership (mail only)

  • Download the packet Duplicate Title Requirements for No Proof of Ownership (forms OS/SS-130, OS/SS-52, OS/SS-135B, and OS/SS-150).
  • Complete all the forms and make a copy for your records.
  • Include a check or money order for $60 payable to the NJMVC.
  • Mail the package to:

     

    New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
    Special Titles Section/Duplicate Titles
    225 East State Street
    PO Box 017
    Trenton, NJ 08666-0017

Duplicate title with no proof of ownership (previously registered) (mail only)

  • If the vehicle has been registered in the state of New Jersey but a copy of the registration card or insurance documents are no longer available, then certain requirements must be completed, as contained in OS/SS 130A.

Duplicate Title Requirements for Out of State Residents

  • Instructions to request a duplicate title under this circumstance are contained in OS/SS129.

Duplicate title:  Financial Institution

 

  • If your company has changed names since the original title was processed and the MVC’s database is not yet updated you cannot complete the request.  You can call the MVC’s Business License Services unit at 609-292-6500 ext. 5014 to check the status.
  • Complete the Application for Duplicate Certificate of Ownership (form OS/SS-52) – available online and at motor vehicle agencies.
  • Provide a Power of Attorney (POA) granting permission for the company’s representative to sign on behalf of the financial institution.
  • Provide a copy of the financing contract, current or expired registration, proof of insurance or a certified registration record.
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    New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
    Certified Information Unit
    225 East State Street
    PO Box 146
    Trenton NJ 08666-0146

  • There is a $60 fee.  The MVC accepts American Express® card, MasterCard®, Visa® card, check, money order or cash at motor vehicle agencies; if submitting through the mail then include a check or money order only, payable to the NJMVC).
    • If mailing, send to the following:

     

    New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
    Special Services Unit
    225 East State Street
    PO Box 017
    Trenton, NJ 08666-0017

Replacing a damaged title

Fees for lost and damaged titles are regulated by law. A fine may be imposed if the individual who applies for a duplicate title knowingly has the original title.

  • Write a letter requesting the MVC issue a replacement title, which must include the following:
    • Reason for the damage to the title;
    • Name and address of the owner(s); and
    • Make and year of the vehicle and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
  • Include the original title.

 

  • There is a $60 fee.  The MVC accepts American Express® card, MasterCard®, Visa® card, check, money order or cash at motor vehicle agencies; if submitting through the mail then include a check or money order only, payable to the NJMVC).
    • If mailing, send to the following:

     

    New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
    Database Correction Unit
    225 East State Street
    PO Box 141
    Trenton, NJ 08666-0141

Common reasons for duplicate title application rejection

  • The Application for Duplicate Certificate of Ownership (OS/SS-52) is incomplete – missing information, signatures, etc.
  • A lien release letter is needed because vehicle was financed and not marked as satisfied in the MVC’s records.
  • The $60 fee was not included in the package.
  • Proof of ownership was not included in the package. Acceptable proof is a current or expired registration and/or insurance card.
  • A copy of the driver’s license is required for all of the vehicle owners.
  • An incomplete Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) was provided.
  • You should check all forms prior to visiting a motor vehicle agency or submitting via mail to ensure that all are complete and any additional documentation is included.  If you have any questions, please call the MVC’s Duplicate Title Unit at 609-292-6500 ext. 5074.