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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 14: Duplicate certificate of title

Section 14. (a) If a certificate of title is lost, stolen, mutilated or destroyed or becomes illegible, the first lienholder or, if none, the owner or legal representative of the owner named in the certificate, or any other transferee who has sufficient proof of ownership as determined by the registrar, shall promptly make application for and may obtain a duplicate upon furnishing information satisfactory to the registrar. The duplicate certificate of title shall contain the legend: ''This is a duplicate certificate and may be subject to the rights of a person under the original certificate''. It shall be mailed to the first lienholder named in it or, if none, to the owner.

(b) The registrar shall not issue a new certificate of title to a transferee upon application made on a duplicate until fifteen days after receipt of the application.

(c) A person recovering an original certificate of title for which a duplicate has been issued shall promptly surrender the original to the registrar.