How to Buy a Replacement Number Plate

Written by joanne cichetti
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If you have lost your vehicle's number plates in an accident or they have been stolen, you can apply for replacement number plates from your local DMV. Get them as soon as they are lost, stolen or damaged, or have become illegible due to an accident. If caught driving a vehicle with improper number plates, you might have to pay a fine. It is relatively easy to act fast and request a replacement number plate.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Visit your state's department of motor vehicles (DMV). If you want faster service, make an appointment ahead of time.

  2. 2

    Present your identification card or your driver's license. If your identification is from a different state, you likely will need a passport, military identification card, student identification card, identification card issued by an employer or an identification card issued by a state or federal agency.

  3. 3

    Surrender the original plates, if you have them.

  4. 4

    Provide proof of vehicle ownership to the DMV, which includes a copy of the title or registration card.

  5. 5

    Present police reports if the original plates were stolen.

  6. 6

    Complete an application for the replacement plates. The application form is provided by the DMV.

  7. 7

    Pay the required fee for the replacement plates. The fee varies by state.

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