If your vehicle's year sticker is lost, stolen or damaged, you are required to obtain a replacement sticker. To obtain a duplicate registration card and/or renewal sticker, you will have to complete the Application for Duplicate Registration, Replacement of Registration Plate, Renewal Sticker or Weight Class Sticker or Transfer of Registration' (Form MV-44) and pay the appropriate fee, currently $6 for a sticker and $11 for license plates. Submit the application at your local DOT office. You can also mail the application to:
Department of Transportation
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Harrisburg, PA 17104-2516
For any vehicle-related questions about replacement registration card, license plates, or stickers, contact the Pennsylvania DOT at (800) 932-4600 if you are within state or at (717) 412-5300 if you are out of state for assistance. Upon passing a safety inspection most passenger cars and light trucks will receive an inspection sticker valid for one year from the month of inspection or one year from the expiration of the current inspection sticker on the vehicle. Since 2005, Pennsylvania no longer requires that the inspection sticker expiration and vehicle registration expiration coincide for annually inspected vehicles. Vehicle owners can request that their inspection and registration expirations match, but this may result in a shortened inspection cycle initially. This chart for annually inspected vehicles can be used to determine whether requesting a coordination of inspection and registration expirations will result in a short inspection cycle.
Note: A vehicle subject to inspection, which has been outside this Commonwealth continuously for 30 days or more and which, at the time of reentering this Commonwealth, does not bear a currently valid certificate of inspection, is not required to be inspected until 10 days after reentering this Commonwealth.