It sounds like the current owner better do it.
Straight from the horses mouth:http://www.dmvnow.com/webdoc/citizen/vehicles/replacement.asp
Replacement titles are issued for vehicles if a title is lost, stolen or mutilated. Substitute titles are issued when information on the previously issued title needs to be changed. To obtain a replacement title:
* Order online
* Call 1-888-337-4782 or
* Bring your current registration card and your driver's license or ID card to your local customer service center.
* Complete an "Application for Supplemental Lien and Transfer Liens or Replacement and Substitute Titles" (VSA-66). All owners must sign to give authorization unless the application is being submitted by the primary lienholder.
NOTE: If the owner of the vehicle is deceased, the surviving legal heir, executor or administrator of the estate can complete and sign the VSA-66 on behalf of the deceased. You must also submit the certified or notarized death certificate and one of the following documents: a notarized copy of the will; completed "Statement of Authority to Assign Title" (VSA-24) as proof of legal heir; a court-issued document or will appointing the executor or administrator; or any other court-issued document appointing an executor or administrator.
* Pay the replacement title fee.
If your vehicle is free of liens, you will receive a replacement title for your vehicle. If your vehicle originally had a lien on it, you will need to show that the lien has been satisfied. If the lien has not been satisfied, the replacement title will be sent to the lienholder of record.
Note: Once a replacement title is issued all prior titles are invalid.