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

Running 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.

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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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?

  5. Robert Million says:

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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?

  11. 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

  12. Sonya Wilson says:

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

    1. squarryadministrator says:


      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

  13. 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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