The required application form for a replacement (duplicate) title is available at the link http://www.txdmv.gov/reports-and-data/doc_download/943-vtr-34-application-for-a-certified-copy-of-title. If there are (or were) any liens (loans) shown on the face of the title, a certified release of lien from the lender must be obtained. This will be required even if the loan had been paid off and the release had been signed by the lender on the face of the title (Not a problem if you had obtained a new “clear” title when you paid off the loan).
The application for replacement title can be handled by mail according to instructions on the form. However, this may be complicated by the strict ID requirements that must be submitted. Only original documents are acceptable, which then will be returned to you. It is suggested that the simplest and most sure way is to take the application to your regional DMV office. Unfortunately, for this type of transaction you can’t go to to just any DMV office. It has to be one of the sixteen locations shown on the form.
REPLACEMENT TITLE – TEXAS
You cannot transfer ownership of your vehicle if you do not possess the Title Certificate. The most common reason you would not possess the Certificate is that there is a lienholder (lender) for the vehicle. In this case the lien holder maintains control of the title until the lien (loan) is paid off. This common situation does not require a replacement of the original title, but instead a transfer of the title to you.
REPLACEMENT. The title must be “replaced” if the original has been lost, damaged (rips, coffee stains, water damage), has cross outs or white outs, or has incorrect entries (such as seller’s printed name and signature not matching the official names on the front of the title) or signatures in the wrong place.