How to Request Rush Title Processing HTVR 23

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What is a Rush Title?

A rush title is an expedited California Certificate of Title processing for an additional fee.

When can I use the Rush Title Process?

You can use the rush title process for initial registration of a vehicle, transfer of ownership, or to obtain a duplicate California Certificate of Title.

When Does the Processing Time Begin for the Rush Title Request?

The rush title processing time begins when the application is received at Department of Motor Vehicle's (DMV) headquarters. The application must include all documents properly completed, appropriate fees, and be without conditions that prevent the issuance of a title. Normal processing time for applications sent to DMV is from 8-10 business days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays), depending upon the type of application.

Where is the Service Available?

This service is available only by mail through DMV headquarters in Sacramento. A rush title cannot be processed or accepted by a DMV field office or hand-delivered to the headquarters office.

What Fees are Due?

A rush title processing fee is charged for each application.
Depending on the type of application, the following fees may be due:

Note: For registration fees, see the brochure, Registration Related Fees (FFVR 34). Because fees are subject to change, for the most current information visit our website at or call 1-800-777-0133.

I Only Have Cash; Can I go Into a Local DMV Field Office to Pay?

No. The rush title process is only available by mail through DMV headquarters.

Acceptable methods of payment are:

  • Check
  • Money order
  • Cashier's check

Can I Expedite my Request?

Yes. You may send the completed and proper completed application by express mail delivery.

Attach a note to the top of your application indicating, "Rush Title Processing."

Mail to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
Rush Title Processing - MS H825
2570 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95818

Note: If you want the application returned by express mail delivery, you must include a prepaid return express mail envelope.

Can I Send the Application to the DMV by Regular Mail?

Yes. The department will accept a rush title application by regular mail. Send regular mail to the address listed in the previous section and attach a note to the top of your application indicating, "Rush Title Processing."

HTVR 23 (REV. 1-2013)