New Car Title

A title for car serves as proof of ownership, and along with proper vehicle registration, it allows a resident to operate a motor vehicle on roadways and highways. When obtaining a DMV car title, there are a few things you need to be mindful of, including:

  • How to get car title
  • How to get a car title replacement
  • How to add or remove a name to your car title

How to Get Car Title


If you have bought a vehicle through a private party, you will have up to 31 days to register this purchase and get a new car title at an Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles office. However, if you purchased your car through a dealership, you can expect the salesperson to take care of the paperwork for you as you await your car title in the mail.

In order to get car titles for your vehicles, you are required to visit an IN BMV in your area with a set of documents. The documents listed below must be originals:

  • A completed Application for Certificate of Title
  • Car title from previous owner (if applicable)
  • Disclosure statement
  • Proof of residency in the form of a utility bill, a mortgage contract, a lease agreement or other.
  • Proof of your Social Security Number
  • Proof of paid sales tax
  • Proof of car insurance
  • Your unexpired Indiana drivers license

How to Get a Car Title Replacement


If, for whatever reason, your car title was lost or stolen, you must begin the process of getting a replacement. Thankfully, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles allows drivers to order a duplicate vehicle title in one of three ways: online, in person or via mail.

Make sure to present a copy of a police report, if you have one on hand. To get a replacement title online, simply visit the myBMV website. To complete your order in person, go to a BMV-certified partner location or a drivers license branch in your regional area.

For mail-in requests, send a filled out Application for Certificate of Title, along with a copy of your drivers license and payment for any necessary fees to the address on the form.

How to Add or Remove a Name to Your Car Title

In order to notify the IN BMV that you have joint ownership on a vehicle, you will need to visit a license branch in your neighborhood with a completed Application for Certificate of Title, along with your valid Indiana drivers license. Both the person whose name is currently on the vehicle title, as well as the person who is being added to the title, must provide their signatures.

If you would like to remove a person’s name from a vehicle, the person being removed must complete the appropriate section of the application. Both parties should then visit a local BMV branch to finalize the process.

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