Q: I’m trying to get a duplicate title. The website says you have to do it online but when I go to the site there is no drop down tab tab for title/duplicate title. What should I do?
— Cheryl R.
A: Duplicate Title request are handled through the mail or can be dropped off at any DMV branch. While the pandemic is happening, the DMV is encouraging anyone who is doing a renewal (driver license, learner permit, state identification card, registration, disability placard), duplicate (CDL, driver license, learner permit, state identification card, registration, disability placard, title with original lien release if needed), or update (driver license, learner permit, state identification card, registration, CDL medical certification) to try and do it online, through the mail, or use the DMV drop off boxes. Applying for a duplicate title is not currently one of our online transactions so please mail in your application and payment or drop it off at any DMV branch.
Duplicate titles are processed at the DMV headquarters in Cranston only but the application and payment may be dropped off at any DMV branch’s drop off box. You must complete the TR-2/TR-9 form and all our forms are on our website (www.dmv.ri.gov). The cost is $52.50. Titles are only required for vehicles that are 2001 and newer. The DMV is unable to print a title for a vehicle year 2000 and older. We can supply you with a “Title Law Letter” that states this if you are selling the vehicle out of state.
Here is some very important information on titles with liens and lienholders: Rhode Island does not require a person to apply for a new title once the lien has been satisfied. The State only requires the lien to be released by your lien holder signing off on the title and/or providing you with a letter of lien release to attach to the title. You can only apply for a duplicate title if you are the owner listed on the original title. If you still have a lien on the vehicle, the lienholder can apply. If your title has a lienholder listed on it but you’ve paid off the loan, you will need an original lien release from the lienholder and present it with your application.
I hope this information is helpful. You can find other helpful information about this transaction and other transactions, as well as all our forms, on our website.
Chuck Hollis is assistant administrator of the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles. Please email your questions to email@example.com with “Ask the DMV” in the subject field.