If your car registration, decals or license plates are lost, stolen or damaged, you must immediately apply for duplicate car registration credentials. In Florida, it is without a valid car registration and if caught driving without one, you may receive a traffic citation, substantial fines and vehicle impoundment.
The following vehicle registrations are required in Florida:
- New car registration
- Used car registration
- Motorcycle registration
- Motor home registration
- Custom car registration
- Salvaged car registration
In order to replace auto registration, you must be able to show proof of auto insurance. Florida has specific vehicle minimum liability insurance requirements that all drivers must abide by. If you do not have car insurance, DMV.com can help you find cheap vehicle insurance quotes.
How to Replace a Car Registration Online in Florida
To replace your car registration online in Florida, fill out the form above. DMV.com partnered with eTags to provide Florida drivers with a more convenient way of replacing car registration. Upon submitting the form, you will receive a digital copy immediately. Carry this in your car until the official document arrives in the mail.
Out-of-State Vehicle Registration Replacement
If you are currently out of state, you can order a duplicate auto registration through our service. As the industry leader for replacing car registration, a duplicate copy can be mailed anywhere in the United States without additional charge.
How to Replace Car Registrations in Person
To replace lost car registration in person, you must:
- Head to your local county tax collector's office. DMV.com recommends calling ahead to see if you can make an appointment.
- Florida drivers license
- License plate number
- Proof of car insurance
- Proof of legal presence (non-U.S. citizens)
- Green Card a.k.a. I-551 Form
- I-551 stamp on passport
- Cash or check (Accepting debit or credit cards vary among offices. Contact your local county tax collector's office to learn which forms of payments are accepted.)
Replacing Car Registration: Out-of-State/Military
While a lost car registration can be replaced in person at a local tax collector or license plate office, an online system is also available for Florida drivers who are currently out-of-state or in the military. The information that you will need to provide is as follows:
- Your full name
- Address (in Florida)
- Birth date
- Social Security Number
- License plate number
- Drivers license number
Fortunately, out-of-state or active-duty military residents can also request a replacement license plate and decal remotely. Mail the following documents to your local county tax collector office to do so:
- A completed Application for Replacement License Plate, Validation Decal, or Parking Permit, including what must be replaced and your reason for the replacement
- A copy of your current car registration certificate or card
- The applicable fee
Dealing with a Damaged Car Registration
In the event your car registration certificate has been damaged, you must destroy it yourself and throw it away. Your old vehicle registration is no longer valid the moment you receive your replacement.
Report Your Missing License Plate
In the event that your license plate or vehicle registration was stolen or damaged, be sure to notify local law enforcement. Your tags are directly linked to your driving record, which could be trouble if someone else is driving with your license plate. The police will enter your stolen license plate number into their system, and if someone is stopped with your unique tags, he or she will be apprehended. If you are concerned about new tickets or violations, order a Florida driving record to learn what is currently listed in your driving history.
To replace Florida license plates in person:
- Visit your local county collector's officeor accredited tag agency.
- Bring a signed and completed Form HSMV 8346 - Application for Replacement License Plates, Validation Decal or Parking Permit.
- A copy of your current vehicle registration card.
- If your license plate or car decal was stolen or lost, bring a copy of the police report to have the replacement fees waived.
- Cash or check to pay the replacement fees. (Call your local tax collector's office to see if they accept major credit or debit cards.)
- Registration costs vary depending on the type of the car and the taxes of the county you live in
Personalized License Plates
If you are looking to upgrade the look or style of your current license plate, you can apply for new personalized license plates. Customized license plates are popular in Florida as there are hundreds of different tags to choose from, including:
- Wildlife programs
- Schools and universities
- Special interests
DMV.com Note: In the event you had a personalized plate or a handicap plate that got lost or stolen, then you must follow the same steps necessary for the replacement of a standard plate, starting with visiting a local county collector's office or accredited tag agency.