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How to Find the Title Number of a Car

by Jennifer Patterson

A car title or Pink Slip is proof of legal ownership of a motor vehicle. Car titles are issued to the purchaser at the time of purchase or if the car is financed, the title will not be issued until the car loan is paid off. Owners that wish to sell their car will need to transfer ownership of the car to the buyer through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Car titles include: vehicle identification number (VIN), make and model of the car, manufacture date, name and address of the owner and the license plate number.

Locate your Registration card. This should contain your vehicle information, including your title number. The title number is 8 digits long and can be located on the line above the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

Look at your Registration renewal invitation, if you cannot locate your registration card. The title number is located on the line that includes the make and model of the vehicle.

Apply for a duplicate title, if you are unable to complete the above steps. You will need to apply for the duplicate title in the county where the vehicle was originally recorded. There will be a fee to process the title. Fees will vary for each state. You will also need to provide the VIN number and the purchase date to apply for the duplicate title.

Bring the application along with your driver's license or other form of ID to your local DMV service center. There may be additional fees to process the title at the service center the same day.

Send your application in the mail instead of going to the service center, if you prefer that method. Mail in the completed application to the address that is listed on the application, including the fee that is required for your state. You may pay an additional fee for expedited service. Duplicate title processing time varies with each state.

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About the Author

Jennifer Patterson started her writing career as a freelance writer in 2008, contributing how-to articles and other pieces to various websites. She is an expert in the field of computers and health care and attended Miami-Dade community college, where she received an Associate of Science in computer science.

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