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How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

If your vehicle's registration card, license plate(s) or stickers are lost, stolen, or damaged, you may apply for a replacement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. While the procedure differs slightly depending on what needs to be replaced, you will usually need to complete the Application for Duplicate Registration Card, Replacement of Registration Plate, Renewal Sticker or Weight Class Sticker.

APPLYING FOR A REPLACEMENT REGISTRATION CARD

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

  1. Complete the Application for Duplicate Registration Card, Replacement of Registration Plate, Renewal Sticker or Weight Class Sticker at the local DOT office.
  2. Bring along your photo ID or driver's license.
  3. If the card was stolen, a police complaint must be lodged and a copy of it submitted with the application.
  4. If your current registration card has been damaged, attach the damaged card to the application.
  5. Pay the duplicate registration fee, currently $4.50. Additional replacement cards will be issued at a price of $1.50.
Duplicate cards should reach you within 30 days of applying. If delayed, then you can place a new order at no cost within 90 days of originally applying for replacement card. This application stating the non-receipt has to be notarized. An application for a replacement registration card can be made by mail also. When applying by mail, include the completed application and fee along with a copy of your license, and mail to:
Department of Transportation
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Harrisburg, PA 17104-2516    
The fee should be in the form of either a money order a check payable to "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."

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. Complete the complete the Application for Duplicate Registration Card, Replacement of Registration Plate, Renewal Sticker or Weight Class Sticker at the local DOT office.
  2. Bring the damaged plate(s) with you, if you still have them.
  3. Bring your valid Pennsylvania driver's license or State identification card.
  4. If your current address differs from the one the Pennsylvania DOT 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.
  5. Pay the duplicate license fee, currently $7.50 for a regular plate.
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 Pennsylvania DOT has on file.
  1. Complete the complete the Application for Duplicate Registration Card, Replacement of Registration Plate, Renewal Sticker or Weight Class Sticker.
  2. Include a copy of your license.
  3. Mail the damaged plate(s) along with the application, if you still have them.
  4. Pay the appropriate duplicate license fee, either by money order or check payable to "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." Mail the application, plate(s) and fee to:
    Department of Transportation
    Bureau of Motor Vehicles
    Harrisburg, PA 17104-2516    

APPLYING FOR REPLACEMENT LICENSE PLATE STICKER(S)

If your vehicle's year sticker is lost, stolen or damaged, you are required to obtain a replacement sticker. You must complete the complete the Application for Duplicate Registration Card, Replacement of Registration Plate, Renewal Sticker or Weight Class Sticker and pay the appropriate fee, currently $17. Submit the application at your local DOT office. You may also mail the application to:
Department of Transportation
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Harrisburg, PA 17104-2516    

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Note that you cannot obtain replacement license plates or stickers for vehicles that are not currently registered.
  • If you have any vehicle-related queries 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.
  • See also Vehicle registration and Registration Renewal.
  • See also Replacing a Lost Driver's License and Replacing a Lost Title.

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