How to Fill-In a REG 227

Use this guide to complete a CA DMV Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title the right way.

REG 227 Quick Guide

A duplicate California Certificate of Title must be obtained when an original Certificate of Title is lost, stolen, mutilated, illegible, or not received. An Application for Duplicate or Paperless Title (REG 227) form must be completed by the vehicle's legal owner and submitted with the duplicate title fee. If no legal owner (lienholder) is on DMV record, the vehicle's registered owner is allowed to complete and submit a REG 227.

The REG 227 can serve different purposes. Banks and financial institutes use it to record paperless titles. Vehicle owners use it to request duplicate titles, and for transferring vehicle ownership without title. In cases where only a duplicate title is needed, you'll only need to focus on Sections 1-3. The remaining sections can be left blank. You may opt not to print page 2 of the REG 227 or may discard it if it's already been printed.

Once a duplicate title is issued, the original title is invalidated and must be surrendered to the DMV if found. "DUPLICATE" will be printed at the top of the replacement Certificate of Title.

This quick guide will explain how to properly fill in a REG 227 to ensure it gets accepted by the DMV, and how the duplicate Certificate of Title application process works through NeedTags.
 
Sample REG 227
How To Complete A REG 227 Application for Duplicate of Paperless Title
 
 SECTION 1. Registered Owner(s) of Record
 
Start from the line right above Section 1. Enter your vehicle's identification information first. Make sure to also checkmark the first "check box" on the form titled "Duplicate Title". You may then move on to Section 1.

In Section 1 of the REG 227 write in the owner's information, and that of the co-owner's if applicable. If you recently moved, your new address does not need to reflect DMV records however the registered owner(s) name must. Print the name(s) as it appeared on the original title or current registration card. If the registered owner name(s) does not match DMV records (except for typographical errors), you must submit your application in person and provide proof of ownership, e.g. registration card, drivers license or ID.

For address updates, and only when applying for a duplicate title through NeedTags, you may mail in along with a copy of your drivers license or ID card, a Change of Address (REG 14) form. With proper verification, we will update your address with the DMV. The duplicate title you receive will show your current address. Should you choose to apply for a duplicate title through the DMV, you will be required to file a Change of Address at least 10 days prior to application or visit a local DMV field office in person.

1(a). On the first line of Section 1 write in the owner true full name (last, first, middle, suffix), business name, or lessor name. Ensure this information is accurate. Your application cannot be accepted if incorrect. Ensure to fill in the owner's drivers license or ID card number if applicable. If no drivers license or ID exists, write in "NONE".

1(b). On the second line of Section 1 write in the co-owner true full name (last, first, middle, suffix), business name, or lessor. If no co-owner exists leave Line 2 blank.

1(c). On the third line of Section 1 write in your current residence or business address. This must be a physical address. No P.O. box addresses are allowed on this line.

1(d). If your mailing address differs from your physical address, write it on the fifth line of Section 1. You may use a P.O. box address here. If your mailing address is the same as your physical address leave Line 5 blank.
 
 SECTION 2. Legal Owner of Record (Lienholder/Title Holder)
 
Section 2 applies only if a legal owner (lienholder) exists on the vehicle's registration. Do not enter the name of owner(s) from Section 1. This section is specifically reserved for titles which have a lienholder. If a lienholder is shown on a vehicle's registration card for which full financial obligation(s) has been fulfilled, the DMV will require that the duplicate title application (REG 227) be notarized. Notarizing the REG 227 will confirm your legal application for duplicate title and allow for the removal of lienholder information. Your REG 227 is not required to be notarized if you do not intent on removing the lienholder's name and address from your duplicate title, i.e. vehicle has not yet been paid off, and lienholder still has legal ownership of your vehicle.

Important: To replace a lost title containing a release by the legal owner, the legal owner's notarized release on the REG 227 or notarized Lien Satisfied letter is required and you must submit a title transfer order instead of a duplicate title order. A duplicate title order will not remove the lienholder's information.

For vehicles two (2) model years old and newer, a lien cannot be released on the REG 227 or by any form of notarized Lien Satisfied letter. Only the legal owner can apply for a duplicate title, and upon receipt, release interest by signing the actual title.

2(a). On the first line of Section 2 write in the name of the bank, finance company, or individual which has a lien on your vehicle. If the lienholder is a financial institute you will also need to fill in the ELT# (Electronic Lienholder ID number). Review your loan documents or contact your financial institute for this information.

2(b). On the second line of Section 2 write in the complete business or residence address of the lienholder. You can locate financial institution details here.

2(c). Visit a local notary office and have the REG 227 notarized if you intend on having lienholder information removed from your duplicate title. A notary public is a public official appointed by a state government to help deter fraud. Notary publics witness the signing of important documents and verify the identity of the signer(s), the signer(s) willingness to sign the documents, and the signer(s) awareness of the contents of the document or transaction. You will be required to provide valid identification and submit to a thumb print recording. Notarization is an absolute requirement if a lienholder exists on a vehicle's registration.

If no lienholder exists write "NONE" on Line 1 of Section 2.
 
 SECTION 3. Missing Title Statement & Signature
 
In Section 3 you will be attesting under penalty of perjury and under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct. You will need to place a checkmark in the "check box" corresponding to the reason for your application. The selections are as follow:

A. Lost - Self explanatory
B. Stolen - Self explanatory
C. Paperless Title - Used by finance companies and banks only
D. Not Received from Prior Owner - Self explanatory
E. Not Received from the DMV - Must allow 30 days from last issue date
F. Illegible/Mutilated - Must attached old title to duplicate title application

3(a). Place a checkmark in the check box which best describes the reason for your duplicate title application. If you choose Illegible/Mutilated you must mail in your destroyed title along with your REG 227 application.

3(b). Print the name of the owner. If more than one owner exists, you may use either name however only that owner will be allowed to sign the REG 227. Write in the current date and your daytime phone number.

Congratulations! You're REG 227 is complete and you're ready to submit it for processing. If all your documents are order and you are ready to pay the duplicate Certificate of Title fee you may begin the title replacement process. Submit your application online through NeedTags (recommended), the Virtual DMV office, or by visiting a local DMV service provider.
 
 DUPLICATE TITLE APPLICATION THROUGH NEEDTAGS
 
How To Order: To avoid the hassle of a duplicate title filing through the DMV, and for infinitely faster service, choose NeedTags and leave the heavy lifting to us. Answer a few quick questions online, mail-in your REG 227 (overnight allowed) and get the entire process completed in minutes rather than weeks. Detailed application and mailing instruction will be emailed to you once your duplicate Certificate of Title order is received and an experienced DMV advisor will be available to assist you if you run into any issues or have any questions.

Through NeedTags you simply bypass the lengthy "Virtual DMV" line. Your order will be processed the same day your documents arrive at our office, and your request will be placed in queue for duplicate Certificate of Title printing through DMV headquarters immediately. This makes the process infinitely faster. With NeedTags you can expect to receive your duplicate title within 2 weeks of application and in less than a quarter of the time it would take to process with the DMV directly, and we'll always make sure your duplicate title gets mailed to your correct address. Are you ready? Start Here
 
 RELATED DOWNLOADS
 
Download the documents you need to apply for a duplicate California Certificate of Title below. If your computer has Adobe Acrobat installed, the link will open the files in Acrobat and allow you to complete them on your PC. You may then print and sign the document(s). Wet-ink signature(s) required.

REG 227 (Application for Duplicate or Paperless Title)
REG 166 (Lien Satisfied/Legal Owner/Title Holder Release)
DMV 14 (Notice of Change of Address)
 
 
 
 



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