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How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in New York

Information Related to Replacing Car Registrations

Reporting Stolen Car Registration in New York

A small number of drivers do find their car registration stolen from their car.If this happens to be you and your car's information is in the wrong hands, your identity and possessions could be at risk. Furthermore, being caught without vehicle registration can result in being issued traffic fines and other similar penalties.
If theft occurs, the New York Department of Motor Vehicles recommends following these steps:

  1. Fill out and file a Report of Lost, Stolen, or Confiscated Motor Vehicles Items form with the local authorities
  2. Make a photocopy of the form so that you can have one at home
  3. Take this completed form to a local Department of Motor Vehicles office when you go to apply for a duplicate car registration

This is also the same process you will be required to follow if your handicap plate was stolen. If your car registration is damaged, make sure to hand it to a local DMV.

Requirements to Replace Car Registration

There are three instances in which you are absolutely required to obtain an NY car registration replacement. These include if:

  • You have a lost car registration.
  • Your vehicle registration was stolen.
  • Your auto registration was destroyed.

How to Replace Car Registration

It is highly recommended that you first file a police report prior to getting replacement registration at the DMV. You can ask a police officer to fill out a "Certification of Lost License, Permit or Plates" and bring it with you to the DMV.
In addition, there are three ways in which you can approach the process of getting your new car registration. Depending on which method you choose, you will have to provide certain documentation. Replacing car registration in New York is possible:

  • Online.
  • In person.
  • By mail.

Online

The New York Department of Motor Vehicles website makes it easy to replace car registration online. You just have to make sure that you have the necessary information on hand when you go through the application:

  • Your vehicle's class
  • Your vehicle's license plate number
  • Your full name
  • Your ZIP code
  • A valid e-mail address

After providing the aforementioned details, you must then pay $3 for a car registration replacement via credit card. Your NY car registration copy should then arrive within 10 business days.
DMV.com Note: Print out a copy of your receipt in case your replacement fails to arrive. If such an event occurs, you can contact the NY DMV and have them help in resolving the issue.

Replace Car Registration in New York by Mail

In order to apply for a car registration copy by mail, you must send the following to a local DMV office:

Send all necessary documents and payment to the following address and you will receive your duplicate car registration within 10 business days:

NYSDMV Port Jefferson Office
3 Roads Plaza
1055 Route 112
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776    

In Person

If you want to replace lost car registration or sticker as soon as possible, the best option at your disposal is to go in person to one of the nearby DMV locations. However, you must be able to provide the following to get your new sticker and a registration receipt:

If you need replacement license plates, you should make an in-person DMV visit. If both your vehicle plates were lost or stolen, you will need to first file a police report and bring it with you to the DMV. If only one of your plates was lost or stolen, you can simply bring it in to a DMV office. In order to have your replacement fee waived, however, you will need to present a police report.

Replacing Car Registration for Out-of-State/in Military Members

In the event that you are traveling out-of-state and must get your registration replaced, you can simply follow the steps associated with getting a New York car registration replacement by mail. Just enclose the following in an envelope:

Then mail the packet to:

NYSDMV Port Jefferson Office
3 Roads Plaza
1055 Route 112
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776    

The same process can be followed if you are a military member on active duty. If you have moved, regardless of whether you are an out-of-state civilian or member of the military, you must remember to write your new address on your application.

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