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To obtain a New Jersey title for a vehicle whose owner has defaulted on a security agreement, complete the steps described here.

Download repossession instructions for forms and detailed information.

To seize a vehicle

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
Special Title/Repossession Unit
225 E. State Street
P.O. Box 017
Trenton, NJ 08666-0017

  • Notify the owner/debtor, by mail, of the sale of the vehicle. This Notice of Sale must give owner/debtor a reasonable length of time to redeem.

To sell a seized vehicle

  • After a reasonable length of time – approximately 10 to 14 days – past notification, submit the following:
    • Original title; apply for a duplicate title if NJ title is lost
    • Application to Title Repossessed Vehicle (form OS/SS-57)
    • Copy of security agreement/lien contract
    • Copy of Notice of Sale that was sent to owner/debtor
    • Power of Attorney for individual signing application
    • $60 title fee; $85 for financed vehicles. If the title is lost, an additional $60 duplicate fee is required.
    • Mail all documents to:

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
Special Title/Repossession Unit
225 E. State Street
PO Box 017
Trenton, NJ 08666-0017

For further information, call (609) 292-6500 ext. 5070.

NOTE: Effective August 1, 2014, all courts that submit requests using the NJMVC form SS-55 (Notice of Seizure) must submit the form electronically to the MVC Title Record Unit at: MVCTITLERECORDS@MVC.NJ.GOV.

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P.O. Box 160
Trenton, NJ 08666
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Last Updated: September 29, 2016