Secretary of State
If you cannot locate your Michigan title, you can apply for a duplicate title.
The vehicle must be titled in Michigan. You (the owner) must provide the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and a valid driver’s license or state ID.
If there are multiple owners on the title, only one of them is required to apply for the duplicate title.
You may designate another individual to apply for the duplicate title by completing an Appointment of Agent (Power of Attorney) form. You must attach a photocopy of your valid driver’s license or state ID to the form.
A duplicate title can be processed through ExpressSOS. You will need to enter your Michigan driver's license number. The duplicate title will arrive in the mail in approximately 14 days.
If you have submitted a change of address to the Secretary of State's office within the last 10 days or have an Appointment of Agent or Power of Attorney designation, you will need to visit a Secretary of State branch office to obtain a replacement title.
By mail or fax:
If you are residing out-of-state, mail your completed Duplicate Michigan Title Application to:
Michigan Department of State
Special Services Branch
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918
or fax it to:
If a dealer is applying for the duplicate title on behalf of the owner, the following information is required:
The duplicate title will arrive in the mail in approximately 14 days.
Branch office appointment:
Present the VIN and a valid driver's license or state ID to the branch clerk. You can apply for an instant title (same-day service) or have the title mailed to you. If mailed, the title will arrive in approximately 14 days.
Currently, only instant title services are available in branch offices.
Mobile home titles are ineligible for instant titles.
Some financial institutions and leasing companies require titles to be issued directly to them for safekeeping during the duration of a vehicle lease or loan. If the original application for title indicates that this is the case, then any duplicate title will also be issued to that financial institution until they have released their interest in the vehicle. Be advised that if you request a duplicate title, and your vehicle is leased (or in some cases financed) the duplicate may not be sent to you. Please contact your leasing company or lienholder with additional questions.