When the title of a California vehicle is lost, a replacement can be ordered from the DMV by submitting REG 227 and paying a duplicate title fee.
Often people mistakenly believe REG 227 needs to be notarized before it is sent to the DMV. While it is true that the REG 227 has a notarization certificate at the bottom of the first page, it isn’t meant for most requestors. It applies specifically to Section 5.
Section 5 LEGAL OWNER OF RECORD RELEASE OF OWNERSHIP AND/OR INTEREST—Must be notarized is for situations where a lienholder or legal owner is releasing interest in the vehicle once the debt has been satisfied and/or the vehicle is being sold.
In most cases, unless you are transferring ownership, only Section 1 and 3 are completed to request a duplicate title and neither require notarization.
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