Missouri Car Title
Do you need a car title in Missouri? We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to receive your car title in Missouri. Select from the options below to get started.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DOR in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DOR.
3: Via a local DOR office
If you prefer to access DOR services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DOR office location. Varying DOR offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DOR closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DOR allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in person visit is either preferred or required.
New Missouri Car Title
In Missouri, it is necessary to apply for a new title when you purchase a new or used vehicle, change ownership of a vehicle, or register it for the first time within the state. If you are the owner, you will need to have the title of that vehicle put in your name. Whether you have purchased your vehicle from a private party or out-of-state dealer, refinanced your vehicle, or need to add or remove an owner from that vehicle's title, you will need to apply for a new title.
Visit Car-title.org for a step-by-step guide to obtaining or transferring your car title.
Obtaining a Duplicate Title
Lost your Missouri car title? You can apply for a duplicate title either by mail or in person at any DOR office.
If your title is lost or stolen in Missouri, you will need to complete and sign an application for a duplicate title. You will be required to pay a duplicate fee of $8.50 and present certain proofs of identification and ownership. For more information regarding your motor vehicle tags and titles, click here.
Changing the Address On Your Car Title
In Missouri, changing the address on your vehicle's title can be completed online, by mail or in person at any DOR office. You are required to report a change of address to the DOR as soon as possible following your move. Once you've changed the address on your vehicle title and registration, you may also want to change the address on your driver's license and voter registration. For information on making corrections to your voter registration, click here.
Changing the Name On Your Car Title
If you've recently legally changed your name, in Missouri, and would like your car title to display your new name, you will first need to update your information with the Social Security Administration. Visit the SSA website for more information.
Once you've updated your name with the SSA, you have the option of changing the name on your car title by mail or in person at your local DOR office.
Missouri Bill of Sale
In Missouri, if you are selling a motor vehicle such as a car, truck, van, trailer or all-terrain vehicle, you must complete a bill of sale and deliver it to the Missouri Department of Revenue within thirty days of the sale. The Missouri bill of sale can be found online here.
Missouri Salvage Titles
In the state of Missouri, a vehicle is deemed a total loss by an insurance company if repairing or rebuilding the vehicle is 80 percent or more of the market value as determined by your insurance company. Once claimed as a total loss, your salvaged vehicle will be assigned a MO Salvaged Title. Your salvaged vehicle must be rebuilt or restored and pass inspection before it can be registered to be driven on the highways.
To learn more about Missouri Salvage Titles, read below:
Missouri Salvage Vehicle Inspection
Before applying for a Missouri Vehicle Salvage Certificate of Title, your vehicle must first receive a Missouri salvage vehicle inspection by Missouri law enforcement. Once rebuilt and your salvaged vehicle passes inspection, you may apply for a Salvage Title at local Missouri Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Bureau (DOR). Bring the following:
- Bill of sale indicating the purchase price of the vehicle
- Application for Missouri Title and License
- Vehicle Examination Certificate.
After you complete these steps and turn in your form, your new Certificate of Title will be issued in your name and will be designated as Prior Salvage.
From a Missouri Rebuilt Salvage Title to Regular Vehicle Title
Once your salvaged vehicle is rebuilt and/or repaired to roadworthy condition and has passed inspection, you can then apply for a Missouri Vehicle Title. What you need to do is go in person to your local Missouri Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle branch (DOR). Bring along with you:
- Current Missouri Salvage Title
- Completed Application for Missouri Title form
- Original receipts for all replaced parts
- Salvage inspection paperwork
When these steps are completed, pay the appropriate titling fee and you will be issued a title.
Title an Abandoned Vehicle in Missouri
An abandoned vehicle title in Missouri can be claimed by anyone as long as the owner does not come forward to claim it. To claim an abandoned vehicle and title it in Missouri, the abandoned vehicle must first be reported to local Missouri law authorities who will investigate and try to contact the owner. If the owner does not come forward within 60 days, you may file for a MO Title and/or Registration. To see if the vehicle you're trying to claim falls under these guidelines, you can access the Missouri Abandoned Property Manual.