How to change registration plates

Written by faizah imani
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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Replacement plate
  • Screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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.

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