Texas Vehicle Title Search

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How to Perform a Texas Vehicle Title Search

A Texas vehicle title search is a simple online process that only takes a few moments. First you need to find your 17 digit vehicle identification number, which is a unique serial code that is only applied to one vehicle, no two are the same. Then you’ll need to choose an online service that offers vehicle history reports and enter your 17 digit VIN into their search, like the VIN check offered by SearchQuarry.com. Once you perform the search you will verify your vehicle and then proceed to the vehicle history report which also suffices as a Texas vehicle title search as well as offering up a lot of extra important information about any used vehicle.

Texas Vehicle TitleHow to Get a Duplicate Texas Vehicle Title

If you need to get a duplicate copy of a Texas vehicle title for a car, truck, SUV or motorcycle that you own, you’ve come to the right place. It’s a very simple process to get a duplicate Texas vehicle title online or in person. The process is much easier online if you don’t need the TX vehicle title certificate immediately. If you decide that you need it as soon as possible then your best option is to visit a Texas DMV office in person to request a duplicate vehicle title. You will need to bring your driver’s license and registration card if you have it, which will have your license plate number and vehicle identification number listed on the card. There will be a nominal fee for a duplicate vehicle title and processing will typically take a couple weeks and sent to you via the USPS. Once you receive your new title it’s a good idea to keep it in your safe or a secure location for future reference. If you have taken a loan out on the used vehicle you’ve purchased then the title holder is the bank and you will not be able to receive the title until your loan is paid off and then you can transfer the title into your name.

Information Listed on a Texas Vehicle Title

  1. Owner’s full name and registered address
  2. Year, make and model of the vehicle
  3. VIN, aka. vehicle identification number
  4. License plate number
  5. Date the vehicle was sold
  6. Vehicle title issuing date
  7. Release of liability, when selling the vehicle

The Importance of Running a Texas Vehicle Title Search

Car Owner SearchRunning a Texas vehicle title search is mostly done when purchasing a used vehicle. The title search, which is also synonymous with a vehicle history report, will tell you a lot about that used vehicle which may not be know by the owner or not disclosed. Either way, it’s a very objective way to look at a used vehicle to determine it’s real value and it can also help someone to avoid a fraudulent situation. For example, if the vehicle has a salvaged title you will not be able to register it until you’ve resolved the salvage issue. Another example is if the vehicle title still has a loan, or lien holder, which means until that loan is paid off you do not actually own the vehicle. A vehicle history report can also alert you to accidents, recalls and known safety issues. All of this information is readily available as long as you have the 17 digit VIN number of that used car, truck or suv. This report will typically cost around twenty bucks and is a “best practice” procedure to perform before handing over any money or signing any loan agreement to purchase that vehicle.

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Texas Vehicle Title FAQs

What does salvage mean on my Texas vehicle title?

A salvage title means the vehicle was in a major accident and deemed a total loss by an insurance company. A salvage title can be fixed if repairs can be made to the vehicle for it to be safe to drive on the road. Then the new title will say "rebuilt salvage" which means it's been repaired and verified to be safe to drive

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  1. GEORGE A AGUILAR says:

    I have lost the title to my old car. How do I get a title issued?

  2. James Morries says:

    I have relocated to Texas since 9/2021, I paid off my vehicle VIN3FA6P0T97HR257092 on 11/12/2021. Ford Motor Credit Company (Autonation Ford Amherst) Amherst, Ohio the originating dealer, released the lien on 11/14/2021, as of this date I have yet to receive my title. What should I do?

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      James, it sounds like you will need to reach out to the lien holder directly to find out if they have processed the title change since you’ve paid off the vehicle. You can also contact your local DMV to find out if this title change has already happened and when you’re new Texas car title will be mailed to you

  3. Nickel says:

    I purchased a vehicle from HILEY VOLKSWAGEN/ Mazda in Arlington Texas In March 2021 and never received the title I Payed cash they sent me plates no title . Dmv gives me the runaround and the dealership blames the Dmv ? My registration is due again . I don’t want to file for lost title I feel the dealership should provide me a correct and legitimate document ?!

  4. Kristina D says:

    Hello, I was sold a vehicle and paid for title transfer and a certified copy and I was told it would be mailed to me. What should I do?

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Kristina, you might want to contact the motor vehicle department where you filed and paid for the title transfer to inquire the status of the title transfer

  5. Paula Barras says:

    The title to our mobile home has been lost. We need a replacement certified title. We lives in New Caney Texas

  6. William Merriken says:

    I am the business manager for a Colorado auto dealership, Beta Auto Imports, Inc(AtMyGarageMotors.com). We recently purchased a car that was originally titled in Texas. In attempting to create a provenance for this 1984 Porsche 928S, I was unable to identify the original owner’s name but have a title reference number; the registration was on 11/08/84. It appears the previous owner is the original owner but I would like to validate that. Would you provide the 1984 owner’s name for me?
    Thank you,

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      William, have your tried running a Texas vehicle history report on this vehicle, using the 17 digit VIN?

  7. Mary Louis says:

    My father recently passed away. I have his truck but I do not have his title for his truck. I live in Louisiana. How can I obtain the title?

  8. Dawn Sconyers says:

    I was gifted a 1980 Z28 camaro that has not been running in over 20 years. No title information available. According to the VIN it is not listed. What can I do to get this vehicle in my name?

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Dawn, in this circumstance you should contact your local Texas DMV directly and inquire what procedures you need to follow to register ant title this Texas Chevy Camaro in your name

  9. Joseph Jackson says:

    How can I get a copy of my title to my vehicle .

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Can I print a copy of my Texas car title?

      To get an official copy of your Texas car title you will need to visit the Texas DMV website and order one directly from them. This is an official Texas car title that can be used to verify your vehicle ownership as well as selling your car and the release of liability associated with selling your Texas registered car. That being said, you cannot print a copy of your Texas car title from your computer.

  10. JOE RICH says:

    1970 Oldsmobile 98 VIN 384670M142780 not on file, how can I get title restored in TX system? TX lic # HVJ665 last registered 1983. I have stored this car in garage since 1983. I am 83 years old and need to sell for restoration.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      You’ll want to reach out to the Texas DMV directly about getting your Oldsmobile car title restored

  11. JAMES HUGHES says:

    I am trying to locate info on a 1950 Chevy 3100 1/2 ton Truck with a VIN of 3 HP-F 19258. Can you help me?

  12. Robert Million says:

    I have not received my title and it’s been over 2 months since I paid in full for everything!

  13. Phillip Gonzales says:

    To whom it may concern; My name is Phillip Gonzales and I will be storing our association’s 1959 jeep Willys at my home. And I will be the only driver of this jeep the assocś name is Alamo SilverWings Airborne Association, Does the insurance need to put my name on the policy card, and do I have to let my carrier know that I will drive the jeep only on special events like parades and VFW events.

  14. Alejandro castro says:

    I buy a motorcycle and the title is signed just on the back, can i register the motorcycle with just a signature on the back of the title? I live in texas

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Alejandro, you should be able to register this motorcycle in Texas as well as change the name on the title over to you if the back of the Texas motorcycle title was completed and signed. You’ll need to visit a Texas DMV location to complete the Tx motorcycle title transfer as well as bring in your driver’s license.

  15. Bonnie Rogers says:

    I am trying to find out where the title for this vehicle was sent. It belongs to my grandson who is in the Army stationed in Alaska now.
    Below is all the information on the Title Application Receipt

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Bonnie, you will need to reach out to the Texas DMV directly about your inquiry. Their direct phone number is 817-202-2650

  16. Benjamín Quintana says:

    I would like yo recovery the title of my ct90 honda 1978, my uncle sold the motorcycle to my dad and i\’m starting the restoration, it has a license plate of Texas valid for the years 91, 92 and 93, the license plate number is x715390 or x715380, i can\’t recognize the number because the old of the license plate, can i recovery the title? Ando if is possible wich is the cost?
    Thanks un avance.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Benjamin, you will need to contact the Texas DMV directly to inquire about the recovery of your motorcycle title

  17. Mercury Simanovicki says:

    Where can I get a vehicle trip permit and what is the cost?

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Mercury, can you be more specific on what type of vehicle trip permit you are interested in? We are uncertain what your intentions are. Is this because you are traveling to Texas from out of the country?

  18. mark says:

    I run a self storage and parking complex and I have two vehicles that have defaulted on their payments. The vehicles are set to go to auction next month how do I obtain the title for vehicles I do not own.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Mark, you will need to file a police report on the abandoned vehicles and then contact your local Texas DMV to inquire about the process to obtain titles for abandoned vehicles

  19. Sonya Wilson says:

    I appreciate all the information given to me on this site thank you very much

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Sonya,

      Thank you for very much for the complement and the feedback. We work hard to provide objective insights about how to access public information as well as run a blog where people can ask questions about anything public record related. Please feel free to reach out about any public record related questions or inquiries.

      Best Regards,

      The Search Quarry Team

  20. Juan L Espinoza says:

    I lost title to my truck

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Juan, you it’s easy to replace your Texas truck title. Just go to the Texas DMV website and download the form to replace your truck title. Complete the form and mail it back to the DMV with the relevant fee. The Texas DMV will process your request and mail you a new title in a few weeks

      How to replace a Texas truck title

      1. Visit the Texas DMV website
      2. Download the application for a title replacement
      3. Complete the form with all your information
      4. Mail in the application with the relevant fee
      5. Processing for your new truck title may take a few weeks

Author: squarryadministrator
Last Updated: 2020-09-04

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