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How to Replace a Vin Plate

Updated April 17, 2017

Whether it is because of a car accident or because you have purchased a car from a police or state auction, you may run into the problem of having to replace your VIN plate. This is not a common occurrence, so there are multiple steps you need to go through to ensure that the plate is received and installed properly.

Request a replacement plate. The car dealership must to be the one to request the new plate. Each manufacturer has their own VIN replacement requirements. There are some cases where you may need a new VIN plate because your current plate was scratched in an accident and is now illegible. If this is the case, you will need to provide the plate as proof that it is in fact illegible.

Complete the paperwork. You will need to provide the following: proof of ownership, insurance company's estimate and a receipt for the replacement parts. Also each state may have different protocols that you will need to adhere to.

Receive the plate. A factory member will deliver the replacement plate to the manufacturer for instalment.

Install the VIN plate. The factory member must be present when the plate is installed. This is to ensure proper instalment, according to manufacturer and state regulations.

Things You'll Need

  • Proof of ownership
  • Insurance company's estimate
  • Receipt for the replacement parts
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Based in Florida, Nicole Milazzo started freelance writing in 2009. Most of her articles appear on eHow, with a primary focus on health, fitness and pop culture. Milazzo holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Stetson University.