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You should double check this with the DMV, but when you can't find the lienholder, you send a certified letter (return receipt requested) to the last known address on record (i.e., the address on the title), and if it isn't picked up and signed for, then you can turn that in to the DMV, and they will release lien.
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There has to be a mechanism for getting a lien removed from title when the lienholder has not filed the T-4 and cannot be found. It's been several years, but I've done it before in the way that I stated above (i.e., the certified letter).
Here's what I would do: I would contact the DMV and explain that obtaining a T-4 is impossible because the lienholder cannot be found, and then ask if the next step is still to send a certified letter to the last known address. I would also ask them for the last known address that they have on record. Again, the DMV has to have a way to get around the T-4 issue. Lienholders disappear or simply refuse to complete the T-4 all the time. Lending institutions are really the only lienholders that will faithfully complete the T-4.
Give them a call, explain that a T-4 is not possible, and let me know what they say.
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