(a)  A duplicate certificate of title can be obtained if the original is lost, as provided for in G.S. 20‑68.

(b)  If a title is not received from the Division of Motor Vehicles, a duplicate must be applied for.  A lienholder applying for a duplicate title must have the owner sign the application.

(c)  When a title is lost after the release of a lien, then the lienholder's affidavit that the lien has been satisfied must accompany the owner's application for a duplicate.

(d)  A duplicate certificate of title takes precedence over the original unless a false statement made in the application invalidates the duplicate.

(e)  If the original title is lost after being endorsed, the purchaser must submit notarized affidavits tracing the chain of ownership from the registered owner to the present owner and any lien cancellations involved along with his application for a duplicate.  The application is aged 15 days before a title is issued.

(f)  If the original title is lost and the vehicle sold or traded, the owner may make application for a duplicate title and assign to the purchaser on the application.  Application is aged 15 days.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 20‑1; 20‑39; 20‑68;

Eff. March 1, 1982.