Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual

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Chapter 20: Replacements and Substitutes

20.020 Certificates of Title Lost After Release by the Lienholder (VC §§5752 and 5911)

The legal owner/lien holder (LO) notarized release on the REG 227 or a notarized lien satisfied is required to replace a title that was lost after being released by the LO for a vehicle three model years or older. Refer to the Notarized Lienholder Signatures for Replacement Certificates of Title section in this chapter. The Missing Title Statement (Section 3) on the REG 227 must be completed by the person who lost the title after the LO of record released interest.

For a vehicle two model years old or newer, a lien release on REG 227, REG 166, or any other types of lien releases are not acceptable. The LO must apply for replacement title.