Replace Car Registration

If you’re a Virginia driver, and you have a stolen or lost vehicle registration, you’ll have to act as soon as possible to replace it. It is illegal to drive without proper registration documents in the car. If you’re stopped by a law enforcement officer, you could be ticketed and receive a fine.

You’ll also need to replace your registration documents if they’ve been damaged beyond legibility. Illegible documents can get you the same tickets and fines that a missing registration would.

Stolen vehicle registrations should be reported to your local police as soon as possible. You’ll file a police report and have additional protection against identity theft.



How to Obtain a Vehicle Registration Replacement

Your vehicle registration card can be replaced either online through the DMV website, or in person through your local DMV office. If you’re missing a license plate or a license plate decal, you will need to replace these in person.

To apply in person, you’ll fill out a Vehicle Registration Application. On the form, you’ll check which registration document you need to replace and denote the reason for the request. The application will also require the following information:

  • Your personal information including full name, license number, address, email address, and phone number
  • The VIN, make, model, year, and color of your vehicle
  • The license plate number, registration expiration date, and title number of the vehicle


You’ll also need to bring $2 to cover the registration replacement fee. You may also be asked to show your personal identification like a driver’s license or passport.

To request your replacement online, navigate to the DMV online services website. The information on the card must remain the same as your previous card in order to register online. You’ll have to pick the reason for the request: stolen, lost, damaged or mutilated, or you need an additional card. You’ll be required to enter the last digits of your VIN along with your vehicle’s title number.

When you replace your card online, the replacement is free rather than $2. The new card will come in the mail within 15 business days. You should print the receipt of the transaction and use that as your proof of registration until the new card arrives.


Fees to Replace Your Lost Vehicle Registration

If you replace the card in your local DMV office, you’ll need to pay a fee of $2. If you replace the card online, your replacement will be completely free of charge.