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How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maryland

If your vehicle's registration card, license plate(s) or stickers are lost, stolen, or damaged, you may apply for a replacement with the Maryland Motor Vehicles Administration. While the procedure differs slightly depending on what needs to be replaced, you will usually need to complete the Application for Substitute Plates/Stickers/Duplicate Registration Card for replacement registration and/or plates and stickers.

APPLYING FOR A REPLACEMENT REGISTRATION CARD

You can easily apply online for a replacement registration card if your card is lost, stolen, or damaged online by following these steps:

  1. Complete the Application for Substitute Plates/Stickers/Duplicate Registration Card.
  2. You will need to provide the vehicle title number and license plate number.
  3. Pay the duplicate registration here, currently $5.
When applying online, you can print a temporary duplicate registration, which can be used until you receive your replacement registration card. The application for a replacement registration card can also be submitted by mail or in person. To apply in person, visit your local MVA office. When applying by mail, include the completed application and fee and mail to:
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
6601 Ritchie Hwy
ATTN: Registration Renewal Section
Glen Burnie, MD 21062    

APPLYING FOR A REPLACEMENT LICENSE PLATES

If one or both of your license plates are lost, stolen, or damaged, you must apply for replacement plate(s) immediately. You can obtain replacement plates either in person or by mail. Applying For Replacement License Plates In Person
  1. Visit your local MVA office.
  2. Complete the application for replacement plates.
  3. Bring the damaged plate(s) with you, if you still have them.
  4. Bring your valid Maryland driver's license or State identification card.
  5. Bring relevant information including title number, insurance update, and plate number.
  6. If your current address differs from the one the Maryland MVA has on file, you must also provide proof of ownership of the vehicle (a copy of your title or registration card), along with a police report, if your license plates were stolen.
  7. Pay the registration fee.
Applying for Replacement License Plates by Mail To be eligible to apply by mail, you must be the registered owner of the vehicle, and your current address must match the one the Maryland MVA has on file.
  1. Complete the application for replacement plates.
  2. Mail the damaged plate(s) along with the application, if you still have them.
  3. Pay the fee, which is usually $20 via a check or a money order addressed to the Motor Vehicles Administration. The check must have a preprinted name and address, office or home phone number, and the driver's license number. Mail the application, plate(s) and fee to:
    Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
    6601 Ritchie Hwy
    ATTN: Registration Renewal Section
    Glen Burnie, MD 21062    

APPLYING FOR REPLACEMENT LICENSE PLATE STICKER(S)

If your vehicle's sticker is lost, stolen or damaged, you are required to obtain a replacement sticker. You must complete the application for replacement plates, and pay the appropriate here, currently $5. If you are including a check, get your name and address preprinted on the check and also write the driver's license number on the back. Do not forget to include your phone number also. You can submit the application at your local MVA office. You may also mail the application to:
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
6601 Ritchie Hwy
ATTN: Registration Renewal Section
Glen Burnie, MD 21062    

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