How to change registration plates

Many situations can warrant a need to change your vehicle's registration plates. Some of those reasons are purchasing a new vehicle, your old plate may have been lost or stolen, or perhaps you just want to upgrade to a personalised plate. If you need to change your registration plate, your local DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) or county tax collector's office will help you with the process.

Contact your local DMV or county tax collector's office to obtain an application to replace your registration plate.

Complete the application by including all required information, such as your name and address, VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), and old plate number. You can also enter information for a customised plate if you want to choose your own plate number.

Submit your plate application along with the appropriate fees to your DMV or tax collector's office. Customised registration plates will cost more than standard plates.

Obtain your new plate from the DMV or tax collector's office if you have a standardised plate. Many locations will provide you with your new plate and stickers immediately before you leave the station. If you changed to a customised plate, your new plate will likely be mailed to you after it has been created to your specifications.

Use a screwdriver or wrench to remove your old registration plate from your vehicle. Place the nuts and bolts in a safe place to prevent accidental loss.

Place your new registration plate on your vehicle. Secure the new plate by replacing the nuts and bolts with the screwdriver or wrench. Place the stickers on your new plate.

Things You'll Need

  • Replacement plate
  • Screwdriver
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