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Replace Registration Card or Sticker

Not having your registration card or sticker when pulled over by a police officer can lead to tickets and fines. If you are missing one of these get it replaced immediately. Learn about your options below or use the form on the right to start your replacement now.

Replacing a Missing Registration Card, License Plate, or Registration Sticker

So you lost your registration card and are stressing about the hassle you will have to go through at the DMV? Everyone makes mistakes. Registration cards, stickers, and license plates getting misplaced are all extremely common occurrences. Fortunately, the process of obtaining replacement documents is a lot simpler than you would expect.

Whether your registration card, California plates, or stickers are stolen, lost, or not readable in their present condition, the procedure for obtaining a replacement is conveniently similar and simple for each.

It is important to note that you will want to obtain your replacement documents as soon as possible. Driving without proper registration documentation is illegal and can lead to a ticket with a hefty fine.

The Application for Replacement Plates, Stickers, and Documents

It doesn't matter if you need a new registration card, new license plates, or new stickers, you will have to fill out an Application for Replacement Plates, Stickers, and Documents. This document can be obtained at the DMV website, by calling 1-800-777-013, or by making a trip down to your local DMV office. In order to complete Section A of this document, you will need to provide your vehicle identification number (VIN), license plate number, driver's license number, and the make of your vehicle. In Section B you will need to indicate what kind of document you need replaced. Section C will ask why you need a replacement document. Check the box that most applies to you (choices include Lost/Stolen/Destroyed/Never received, etc.) or check the "other" box and write out your own explanation. Section D only applies if you have requested a license plate replacement. If you have only lost one plate, you will be required to surrender the remaining plate to the DMV. If both plates are missing you will be required to notify law enforcement. Section E: Simply sign and date the document.

Applying For a Replacement Registration Card

Replacing a registration card can be done at the DMV, by mail, or online. To apply for a replacement registration card in person go to your local DMV (appointments recommended) and submit: To apply by mail, send your application, damaged registration card (if applicable), and $20 payment to: Department of Motor Vehicles Registration Operations PO Box 942869 Sacramento, California 94269-0001

Apply Online

To apply for your replacement registration card online, you can use CaReg. Although the DMV does not offer its own registration replacement service online, CaReg is licensed by the DMV and can have your order in place within a few simple steps. Simply enter basic information (driver's license, VIN number, etc.) and submit payment. Your replacement registration card will be mailed to you. Next day shipping is offered.

Applying For Replacement Stickers

Replacing a lost registration sticker is much like the procedure described above. To apply in person, visit your local DMV and:
  • Payment for the $20 replacement fee.
To apply by mail, gather your completed application and payment and mail the documents to: Department of Motor Vehicles Registration Operations PO Box 942869 Sacramento, California 94269-0001 Just as you can for lost registration cards, you can apply online for new replacement stickers through CaReg and next day shipping is offered. Note: You must be the current registered owner of the vehicle to complete the CaReg process. You will likely be asked to provide a copy of your driver's license during the checkout process.

Applying For Replacement License Plates

If you license plate (or plates) has been stolen, lost, or damaged beyond legibility, you must apply for a replacement(s) immediately. In order to obtain replacement plates you must be the registered owner of the vehicle and have your current address on file with the DMV. If you are only missing one plate, you must surrender the remaining plate to the DMV. If you are missing both plates, you must contact law enforcement and report your missing plates. To apply for your replacement plate in person, go to your local DMV and submit:
  • Payment for the replacement fee (fee varies depending on the type of plates).
To apply by mail, gather your completed application and payment and mail the documents to: Department of Motor Vehicles Registration Operations PO Box 942869 Sacramento, California 94269-0001
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