Duplicate Title


Tenn. Code Ann. Sections 55-3-115, 55-6-101(a)(4) and 55-6-104(4)


A Duplicate Title is a title that replaces a lost, stolen, mutilated or defaced title. In the event a Duplicate title is issued, the lost, stolen, mutilated or defaced title becomes invalid and may not be used to transfer ownership or encumber the vehicle.  The word DUPLICATE is printed on the certificate of title when a duplicate title is issued.  Ownership does not change when a duplicate title is issued.


The owner/lienholder applies for a duplicate title through any county clerk’s office.


  • A duplicate certificate of title may be issued to the owner free of charge if a return address stop code is listed in the system within (90) days of the original issuance of the title if the original title was never received
  • A duplicate certificate of title should not be issued less than fifteen (15) mailing days from the date of issuance of the original title when the owner indicates the title was not received
  • When a lien exists, only the lienholder can take possession of the title.
  • When the vehicle is owned jointly with the conjunction “and”, only one signature is required
  • When someone other than the owner of the vehicle is applying for a duplicate title, a power of attorney form must accompany the application.  The power of attorney gives another person the authority to complete the transaction and sign the application for the owner.  The power of attorney form must be completed in its entirety and must indicate the VIN of the vehicle.  The individual with power of attorney may sign the owner’s name
  • In the event the title is stolen, a copy of the police report or the general affidavit stating the same should be submitted


Multi-purpose, Noting of Lien and Duplicate Title Application



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