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How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Texas

If your vehicle's registration card, license plate(s) or stickers are lost, stolen, or damaged, you may apply for a replacement with the Texas Department of Transportation. The procedure will differ slightly depending on what needs to be replaced.


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

  1. Head to your local county tax office.
  2. Bring along a valid driver's license, proof of insurance, and the license plate.
  3. If your current registration card has been damaged, attach the damaged card to the application.
  4. Pay the duplicate registration fee. Check with the county office for the exact amount.


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. If you suspect theft of license plates, report the same to the police.
  2. Head to your local county tax office with the report number and you will be issued new license plates with new numbers, unless you had specialized plates and want to continue with that number.
  3. Bring the damaged plate(s) with you, if you still have them.
  4. Bring your valid Texas driver's license or State identification card.
  5. Pay the appropriate duplicate license plate fee, which varies depending on whether you have regular, special interest, or personalized plates. Check with the county office for the exact amount.


If your vehicle's year sticker is lost, stolen or damaged, you are required to obtain a replacement sticker. There is no need to file a complaint with the police even if you suspect the stickers to be stolen. You must head to a local county tax office and apply for replacement tags. A set of tags will cost you $6.30 or $5.30 in counties with a population of less than 50,000.


  • Note that you cannot obtain replacement license plates or stickers for vehicles that are not currently registered.
  • If you have not received your replacement registration card, license plates, or stickers within eight weeks of submitting your application, contact the Texas DOT at (800) 777-0133, Monday to Friday between 8 am and 5 pm 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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