Your car registration documents are proof that your vehicle is registered with the state. You will be unable to prove registration if you lose or damage the registration paper, the registration sticker, or the license plates.
You will need to replace your car registration document should you misplace it or it is no longer legible. Vehicle registration authorities may have different methods for replacement, such as online, by mail, or in person.
If your state has an online replacement method, use the website to request a replacement. You may be able to print it or receive a copy by mail.
Your state may also have a replacement registration form you can fill out and mail. You may be able to find a copy of the form online to print or at your local vehicle registration office.
For the registration replacement application, you will need:
- Your driver’s license number.
- The license plate number, or
- The registration number.
- Money for replacement fees.
Replacement fees vary by state. The cost may also differ by replacement items, such as license plates and registration papers stored in the glove box.
The application may need the reason for registration replacement, such as lost, stolen, or damaged. If your car registration is missing because of theft, report the crime to the police. You may avoid paying the replacement fee if you have a police report.
If you are close to your registration’s expiration date, you may need to renew it. You cannot request a replacement to update information, like your address. You will need to complete the address change process, which the next slide explains.