Is there a problem with your vehicle’s Illinois title? Was it misplaced, damaged, or stolen? If so, you should apply for a duplicate Illinois title through Illinois’ Driver Services.
If you ever intend to transfer ownership of your vehicle, having the title in order is important. This is the legal document that proves you own the vehicle. You can’t sell it, donate it, or complete your vehicle registration or renewals without it, so keep it safe!
What will I need to get a duplicate title in Illinois?
To obtain a replacement title in Illinois, you must gather all of the necessary information and documents, which include the following:
- A Completed Application for Vehicle Transaction(s) (VSD 190)
- You can also obtain this form at any Secretary of State local office, or by calling (800) 252-8980 or (312) 793-1010.
- Check the box for Duplicate Title in the top section.
- Write in the exact Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
- Write in the current vehicle odometer reading if applicable. Check the appropriate odometer box, i.e., actual, not actual, in excess. The application will be returned if this information is not provided.
- Sign the document.
- A Valid Form of Identification, such as a Driver’s License or State ID Card
- $50.00 Duplicate Title Fee (which does not include any registration fees or taxes that may be due when you apply)
NOTE: Duplicate titles are not issued within 15 days of an original title’s release or 30 days following the release of a duplicate title in order to prevent fraud.
What if there is a lien on the vehicle when I apply for a duplicate Illinois Title?
If a lien is filed, Illinois titles are mailed to the lienholder. On the duplicate title application, include the lienholder’s full name and address. If there is no lien, either the principal owner named first on the application or the address listed in the “Mail To” section will receive the title by mail.
How can I remove a lienholder on an Illinois title?
To remove a lienholder during the duplicate title process, you must:
- Submit a lien clearance letter from the lienholder indicating that the lien has been paid in full; or
- Submit a lien contract stating that the lien has been paid in full; or
- Submit a court order directing our office to issue the duplicate title without the lien or lienholder’s name.
- Submit a court order directing the Office of the Secretary of State to issue the duplicate title without the lien or lienholder’s name. The Court Order must be signed by the Judge residing over the case and/or reflect the FILED stamp of the Clerk’s Office and include the year, make and vehicle identification number of the vehicle in question.
How can I apply to get a duplicate title in Illinois?
In Illinois, you can apply for a duplicate title in person, by mail or by phone.
Apply by Mail
For mail applications, include a filled out copy of the Application for Vehicle Transaction(s) (VSD 190) as well as the $50.00 application fee.
Make your check or money order out to DMV.
Send your form and fee to:
Office of the Secretary of State
Vehicle Records Processing Division
501 S. 2nd. St., Room 424
Springfield, IL 62756-6666
NOTE: If you do not submit a fully completed application and the appropriate fees, your application will be returned. Also, do not attempt to fax your application; faxed copies will not be accepted.
Apply in Person
If you need your duplicate title immediately, you must submit your request in person by 12:00 PM and pay an additional $30 for a expedited title fee. The expedited title will be ready the same or next day. If you choose shipment, UPS will be used, and a signature will be required.
All owners listed on the original title will need to go to your local Illinois Secretary of State Facility to complete the application or you’ll need to get a limited power-of-attorney from those who can’t appear in person.
Apply by Phone
To apply by phone, call (800) 252-8980. Phone orders must be paid by credit card.
How long does it take to get a replacement title in Illinois?
If you submit application by mail or in person, you should expect to receive the title within two to three weeks, though it may arrive sooner.
If you need a title immediately, you can submit an application for an expedited title. An extra $30 fee applies. Requests must be received by 12:00 PM and will be mailed via UPS or made available for pickup the following business day at the Springfield Howlett Secretary of State office.
Illinois Vehicle Title Forms
|Form VSD 190||Application for Vehicle Transaction(s)||This form is used to apply for a duplicate title in Illinois.|