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Driver and Vehicle Services

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Vehicle Title Transfer


Important Note:

Title applications are received daily and DVS processes requests in the order in which they are received.

A certificate of title is proof of ownership. You may transfer the title of a vehicle at any deputy registrar office. If a vehicle is purchased through a licensed Minnesota dealer, the dealer will take care of the transfer paperwork.


Duplicate Title

A duplicate title means that the original title has been lost, mutilated or stolen and the owner had to apply for a replacement. It contains the legend: "This Duplicate Certificate of Title may be subject to the rights of a person under the original certificate."

Lien (Adding or Removing)

The term "security interest" (lien) refers to an agreement between the vehicle owner and the lender (lien holder), using the vehicle as collateral. While the vehicle title is mailed to the owner of the vehicle, a lien card is mailed to the lender, confirming that their loan is listed on DVS records.

Record or remove a lien on a vehicle. 


What is a title brand?

A vehicle title brand is a permanent label on a vehicle's title and may include the following designations:

  • Flood
  • Lemon Law
  • Prior Salvage
  • Reconstructed
  • Rebuilt

Learn more about title brands.