A stolen license plate can be part of the commission of a crime. License plates are a direct link to the vehicle and the owner's personal information. Clearing up the matter of a stolen plate is vital; if it goes unreported, it may cause a lot of inconvenience.
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Report the stolen license plate immediately to the police. Contact the police via the non-emergency number. Arrange to file a report at the police sub-station or ask that an officer take the report.
Visit the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office and report the stolen plate. Present the title to the vehicle for the new plate, or complete a DMV form to request the title from the lien holder.
Order a duplicate plate and validation sticker. Request a new license plate number to avoid confusion in the event the stolen plate remains in use. Pay the replacement fee.
Receive a temporary tag for use until you receive the permanent plate. Display the temporary tag in the vehicle per the requirements of the DMV.
Share any information about the whereabouts of the plate or the parties involved in the theft. Give the police details about the individual(s) who took the plate and a description of any involved vehicle.
Tips and warnings
- Report a license plate as stolen only if you know for a fact that it was stolen. Otherwise, report the plate as "missing." Proceed as though the plate is stolen and in use by another person, but do not report it as a crime unless you are certain.
- If your license plate is stolen, and used in the commission of a crime, it may result in you being suspect.
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