Form VTR-34 "Application for a Certified Copy of Title" - Texas

What Is Form VTR-34?

Form VTR-34, Application for a Certified Copy of Title, is a form that should be completed by the owner of a vehicle to replace a Texas Certificate of Title in case the original document is lost, destroyed, or mutilated. If there is a lien on a vehicle, a VTR-34 Form must be filled in by the lienholder. If an applicant is not a lienholder, they should provide an original release of lien. A Certified Copy of Texas Title can be requested to replace the original certificate or any previously issued copy of it. An applicant who needs to apply for a Certified Copy of Title should wait 30 days after the last title was issued.

If the owner or lienholder of a vehicle needs to obtain the information contained in the motor vehicle record, Form VTR-34 is not suitable for this purpose. They should complete Form VTR-275, Request for Texas Motor Vehicle Information in this case. A record request can be submitted to obtain a title history, or current or expired title and registration verification of a vehicle record.

This form was released by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and the latest version was issued on April 1, 2019. A VTR-34 fillable form is available for download below.

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VTR-34 Instructions

VTR-34 Form instructions are the following:

  • Information. This section contains reference information about the form;
  • Application Checklist. This section includes a list of the requirements connected with completing and submitting the form. An applicant has to check each box to ensure their completion;
  • Vehicle Information. The filer should enter information about the vehicle, such as vehicle identification number, year, model, title/ document number, and Texas license plate number;
  • Recipient Information. Provide information about the recipient of the Certified Copy of Texas Title, such as their full name, mailing address, email, and phone number;
  • Government Issued Identification. An applicant has to indicate the type of their identity document, the state or country of issue of this document, its ID number, and expiration date;
  • Certification. The filer has to sign the form, print their name, and indicate the date of completion. It is allowed to sign with the use of black or blue ink only;
  • Applicant Identification Requirements. This section contains detailed rules of confirming government-issued identification depending on the type of the applicant. The filer can find there as well a list of acceptable forms of photo identification, the rules of submitting connected with the lien on a title record, conditions and cost of applying.

The owner or lienholder should attach to the completed VTR-34 Form a copy of their government-issued photo ID. If there are several owners of a vehicle, each owner should sign the Application for a Certified Copy of Title and provide a copy of their government-issued photo ID. The filer has to attach to the form a document confirming payment of the applicable fee as well. Its amount depends on the method of applying. These fees are non-refundable.

An applicant should submit the required documents by mail or in-person to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV).

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Texas Department
of Motor
Vehicles
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Application for a
Certified Copy of Title
Information
This form is used to apply for a Certified Copy of Texas Title for a motor vehicle if the original Texas Certificate of Title is lost, stolen,
or mutilated. A Certified Copy of Texas Title replaces the original Texas Certificate of Title and any previously issued Certified Copy
of Texas Title. The applicant (person signing this application) must be the owner or lienholder on the department’s motor vehicle
record, or an authorized agent of the owner/lienholder. Submit this completed application and all required documents in person
or by mail to a Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) Regional Service Center (see page 2 for locations).
Note: All original documents (or certified copies of documents) submitted to a TxDMV Regional Service Center will be returned.
IMPORTANT: Application Checklist
Check each box to acknowledge the following requirements are met:
The fee is $2.00 by mail or $5.45 in person.
Mailed fees must be in the form of a personal check, cashier's check, or money order payable to the TxDMV. Do not mail cash. Credit/debit
cards and temporary checks are not accepted. Fees are non-refundable.
Copy of acceptable government issued photo ID for each recorded owner and/or agent is required.
Refer to “Applicant Identification Requirements” on page 2 for requirements. All IDs must be valid and expired not more than 12 months.
Note: Photocopies, faxes, or scans are acceptable for photo identification (ID), employee ID, business cards, and powers of attorney.
Original signature(s) are required on this application (black or blue ink).
If the vehicle is jointly owned, original signatures are required of each owner or a power of attorney is required for each owner.
Original, signed release of lien is required if a lien is shown on the department’s record.
An original, signed release of lien must be obtained from the lienholder(s) when the current owner named on the vehicle record financed t he
vehicle and when a lender(s) remains listed as a lienholder on the department’s vehicle record. This original, signed release of lien must be
submitted with the application even if the vehicle loan has been paid in full. The department cannot automatically r emove a lien from a
vehicle record. Refer to the “Lien o n Title Record” section on page 2. Note: Photocopies, scans, faxes, and emails a re not acceptable.
An acceptable form of signature authority is required if applying on behalf of an entity or using a power of attorney.
Refer to “Entity Applicant” or “Using Power(s) of Attorney” in the “Applicant Identification Requirements” section on page 2 for requirements.
Vehicle Information
Vehicle Identification Number
Year
Make
Body Style
Model
Title/Document Number (if unknown, leave blank)
Texas License Plate Number (if unknown, leave blank)
Recipient Information – To whom the certified copy will be given or mailed
First Name (or Entity Name)
Middle Name
Last Name
Suffix (if any)
Mailing Address
City
State
Zip
Email
Phone Number
Government Issued Identification
– Complete (as needed) and provide photocopy of each ID (see page 2)
Type:
Issued By (state or country)
ID Number
Expiration Date
U.S. Driver License/ID Card
Passport
Other
Type:
Issued By (state or country)
ID Number
Expiration Date
U.S. Driver License/ID Card
Passport
Other
Type:
Issued By (state or country)
ID Number
Expiration Date
U.S. Driver License/ID Card
Passport
Other
Type
:
Issued By (state or country)
ID Number
Expiration Date
U.S. Driver License/ID Card
Passport
Other
Certification – State law makes falsifying information a third degree felony
I, the undersigned, hereby certify I am the recorded owner, lienholder, or verified agent of the owner or lienholder of the vehicle described above,
and the original title issued for the vehicle has been lost, destroyed, or mutilated
.
Signature of Applicant/Owner
Printed Name (Same as Signature)
Date
S ignature of Additional Applicant(s)/Owner(s) (if any)
Printed Name (Same as Signature)
Date
VTR-34 Rev 04/19
Form available online at www.TxDMV.gov
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Texas Department
of Motor
Vehicles
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Application for a
Certified Copy of Title
Information
This form is used to apply for a Certified Copy of Texas Title for a motor vehicle if the original Texas Certificate of Title is lost, stolen,
or mutilated. A Certified Copy of Texas Title replaces the original Texas Certificate of Title and any previously issued Certified Copy
of Texas Title. The applicant (person signing this application) must be the owner or lienholder on the department’s motor vehicle
record, or an authorized agent of the owner/lienholder. Submit this completed application and all required documents in person
or by mail to a Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) Regional Service Center (see page 2 for locations).
Note: All original documents (or certified copies of documents) submitted to a TxDMV Regional Service Center will be returned.
IMPORTANT: Application Checklist
Check each box to acknowledge the following requirements are met:
The fee is $2.00 by mail or $5.45 in person.
Mailed fees must be in the form of a personal check, cashier's check, or money order payable to the TxDMV. Do not mail cash. Credit/debit
cards and temporary checks are not accepted. Fees are non-refundable.
Copy of acceptable government issued photo ID for each recorded owner and/or agent is required.
Refer to “Applicant Identification Requirements” on page 2 for requirements. All IDs must be valid and expired not more than 12 months.
Note: Photocopies, faxes, or scans are acceptable for photo identification (ID), employee ID, business cards, and powers of attorney.
Original signature(s) are required on this application (black or blue ink).
If the vehicle is jointly owned, original signatures are required of each owner or a power of attorney is required for each owner.
Original, signed release of lien is required if a lien is shown on the department’s record.
An original, signed release of lien must be obtained from the lienholder(s) when the current owner named on the vehicle record financed t he
vehicle and when a lender(s) remains listed as a lienholder on the department’s vehicle record. This original, signed release of lien must be
submitted with the application even if the vehicle loan has been paid in full. The department cannot automatically r emove a lien from a
vehicle record. Refer to the “Lien o n Title Record” section on page 2. Note: Photocopies, scans, faxes, and emails a re not acceptable.
An acceptable form of signature authority is required if applying on behalf of an entity or using a power of attorney.
Refer to “Entity Applicant” or “Using Power(s) of Attorney” in the “Applicant Identification Requirements” section on page 2 for requirements.
Vehicle Information
Vehicle Identification Number
Year
Make
Body Style
Model
Title/Document Number (if unknown, leave blank)
Texas License Plate Number (if unknown, leave blank)
Recipient Information – To whom the certified copy will be given or mailed
First Name (or Entity Name)
Middle Name
Last Name
Suffix (if any)
Mailing Address
City
State
Zip
Email
Phone Number
Government Issued Identification
– Complete (as needed) and provide photocopy of each ID (see page 2)
Type:
Issued By (state or country)
ID Number
Expiration Date
U.S. Driver License/ID Card
Passport
Other
Type:
Issued By (state or country)
ID Number
Expiration Date
U.S. Driver License/ID Card
Passport
Other
Type:
Issued By (state or country)
ID Number
Expiration Date
U.S. Driver License/ID Card
Passport
Other
Type
:
Issued By (state or country)
ID Number
Expiration Date
U.S. Driver License/ID Card
Passport
Other
Certification – State law makes falsifying information a third degree felony
I, the undersigned, hereby certify I am the recorded owner, lienholder, or verified agent of the owner or lienholder of the vehicle described above,
and the original title issued for the vehicle has been lost, destroyed, or mutilated
.
Signature of Applicant/Owner
Printed Name (Same as Signature)
Date
S ignature of Additional Applicant(s)/Owner(s) (if any)
Printed Name (Same as Signature)
Date
VTR-34 Rev 04/19
Form available online at www.TxDMV.gov
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Application for a Certified Copy of Title
IMPORTANT: Applicant Identification Requirements
Complete the “Government Issued Identification” section on page 1 with the applicable information for each ID required below:
Individual Applicant(s)
If a vehicle is titled in the name of an individual, the individual must sign this application and provide a copy of their
government issued photo ID.
MULTIPLE INDIVIDUALS: If a vehicle is titled in the name of multiple individuals, each individual must sign this form, and each
must provide a copy of their government issued photo ID.
Entity Applicant
If a vehicle is titled in the name of an entity, an agent representing the entity must sign the application.
Additional Requirements: Agent must provide letter of signature authority on letterhead, printed business card (containing
the agent’s name), or employee ID connecting the signing agent to the entity (may be copies) and a copy of the agent’s
government issued photo ID.
Lienholder Applicant
If the vehicle has a recorded lien, the lienholder (or an agent of the lienholder) may apply for a Certified Copy of Texas Title
and sign the application.
Additional Requirements: If the lienholder is an individual, a copy of the individual’s current government issued photo ID must
be provided. If the lienholder is an entity, letter of signature authority on letterhead, printed business card (containing the
agent’s name), or employee ID connecting the signing agent to the entity (may be copies) and a copy of the agent’s
government issued photo ID must be provided
.
Using Power(s) of Attorney
If a power of attorney (POA) is used, the above requirements apply for both the individual or entity granting the POA and the
individual or entity being granted POA. For an individual (whether granting or being granted the POA), a copy of that
individual’s government issued photo ID is required. For an entity (whether granting or being granted the POA), both a copy
of the agent’s government issued photo ID and a letter of signature authority on letterhead, printed business card (with the
agent’s name), or employee ID connecting the signing agent to the entity (may be copies) are required.
Notes:
• If the recipient is not the applicant but the recipient will be obtaining the Certified Copy of Title in-person, the recipient’s
acceptable government issued photo ID is also required at the time they are receiving the Certified Copy of Title.
• Court documents, such as divorce decrees and court orders, must be either original documents or certified copies. All original
documents (or certified copies of documents) will be returned.
Acceptable Government Issued Photo Identification
The following are the only acceptable forms of government issued photo ID for an Application for Certified Copy of Texas Title:
Driver license or ID issued by a state or territory of the U.S.,
The department will accept an identification for
Texas handgun license,
up to 12 months after expiration.
U.S. or foreign passport,
U.S. military ID,
If an individual other than the owner(s) is
North Atlantic Treaty Organization ID,
ID issued under a Status of Forces Agreement,
receiving the certified copy of title in-person, a
U.S. Department of Homeland Security ID,
valid photo ID of the recipient must be
U.S. Department of State ID,
presented and written on page 1 of this form.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ID document.
Lien on Title Record
If the current owner(s) of the motor vehicle had a lien (loan or financing) of any kind on the motor vehicle, even if it has been paid off, the
department’s records may still show the lien. Please contact the lienholder and request an original, signed release of lien.
An original, signed release of lien on the lienholder’s original letterhead or on the Prescribed Form for Release of Lien (Form VTR-266) is
required if there is a lien shown on the department’s record. A photocopy, scan, fax, or email is not acceptable. If the release of lien is on
the Form VTR-266, the lienholder’s agent signing the Form VTR-266 must attach a letter of signature authority on letterhead, printed
business card (with the agent’s name), or employee ID that connects the agent to the entity (copies acceptable).
Application by Mail – $2.00 Fee
Mail this application, $2.00 fee, copy of ID(s), and any other documentation to:
Please allow at least 15 days to receive your Certified Copy of
Texas Department of M otor Vehicles
Title when mailing an application.
The department is unable to provide a status of an
1601-A Southwest Parkway
application. Application tracking is unavailable.
Original documentation submitted with the application will
Wichita Falls, TX 76302
be returned to the recipient listed on page 1.
Application in Person – $5.45 Fee
*Applications should not be mailed to the locations below, except Wichita Falls*
ABILENE – 4210 N. Clack St., Abilene, TX 79601
HOUSTON – 2110 East Governors Cir., Houston, TX 77092
AMARILLO – 5715 Canyon Dr., Building H, Amarillo, TX 79110
LONGVIEW – 4549 W. Loop 281, Longview, TX 75604
AUSTIN – 1001 E. Parmer Ln., Ste. A, Austin, TX 78753
LUBBOCK – 135 Slaton Rd., Lubbock, TX 79404
BEAUMONT – 8550 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, TX 77708
ODESSA – 3901 East Highway 80, Odessa, TX 79761
CORPUS CHRISTI – 602 N. Staples St., Ste. 130, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
PHARR – 600 West Expressway 83, Pharr, TX 78577
DALLAS – 1925 E. Beltline Rd., Ste. 100, Carrollton, TX 75006
SAN ANTONIO – 15150 Nacogdoches Rd., Ste. 100, San Antonio, TX 78247
EL PASO – 1227 Lee Trevino, Ste. 100, El Paso, TX 79907
WACO – 2203 Austin Ave., Waco, TX 76701
FORT WORTH – 2425 Gravel Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76118
WICHITA FALLS – 1601-A Southwest Pkwy., Wichita Falls, TX 76302
VTR-34 Rev 04/19
Form available online at www.TxDMV.gov
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