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How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Car Registration Replacement

If you have a stolen or lost car registration in Massachusetts, the MA RMV requires you to replace the certificate. Fortunately, they have a number of ways that you can do so. However, before you proceed with the car registration replacement process, it is highly recommended that you report your lost or stolen certificate.

Information Related to Registration Replacements

How to Report a Stolen Car Registration

If your vehicle registration has been lost or stolen, the RMV recommends that you waste no time in reporting this to the local authorities. By filling out a police report, you will be able to protect your identity and all of the important driving documents that are on file at your local Registry of Motor Vehicles. Then, if your car registration were to turn up, the authorities would be able to notify you.

Eligibility Requirements to Replace Your Car Registration

There are three main reasons why you would be eligible to replace car registration documents. These include:

  • If your vehicle registration has been lost.
  • If your car registration has been damaged to the point where important information is illegible.
  • If your vehicle registration has been stolen.

In addition, you can also request a duplicate car registration in Massachusetts if you never received your vehicle registration documents in the mail or you need to correct the information that appears on the certificate.

How to Replace Car Registration in Massachusetts

The MA RMV provides you with multiple options when it comes to replacing car registration documents. You can do so:

  • Online.
  • In person.
  • By phone.
  • By mail.


In order to replace car registration online in Massachusetts, you must first make sure that you are eligible to do so. The only way you qualify to obtain an MA car registration copy online is if your license plate type matches one of the following:

  • Standard MA passenger license plate
  • Reserve passenger
  • Ham Radio Operator
  • Vanity plates
  • Cape Cod and Islands
  • Antique
  • Motorcycle:
    • Reserve
    • Vanity
    • Veteran
  • Handicap plates
  • Olympic Spirit
  • Hall of Fame basketball
  • Purple Heart
  • Veteran
  • Environment Trust
  • Year of Manufacture

If you have one of the following plate types, you will be able to go to MA RMV Online Services page and follow the instructions provided under the Duplicate Registration tab. You will be able to pay the $25 car registration replacement fee with a valid MasterCard, Visa or Discover card.
You will receive your new registration in the mail within 10 business days.

In Person

Replacing car registration documents in person can be done by visiting any full-service RMV location and completing a Universal Form, which you will find when you are at the office. After you show proof of your identification, such as your drivers license, and pay the $25 duplicate car registration fee, you will receive your new car registration certificate immediately.
The Massachusetts RMV accepts payment by cash, check or money order.
Note: If you have a damaged registration, the MA RMV recommends that you turn in your certificate when you obtain your replacement.

By Phone

To order your replacement by phone, you will have to call the Telephone Center at 857-368-8000(if your area code is 339, 617, 781 or 857)or 800-858-3926. Once you do so, have your license plate number and debit or credit card information ready to pay the $25 replacement fee.
The MA RMV Telephone Center accepts MasterCard, Visa or Discover. You will receive your new registration in the mail within 10 business days.

By Mail

In terms of how to replace car registration by mail, all you have to do is write-up a written replacement request that includes the following information:

  • The year of your vehicle
  • The vehicle make and model
  • The VIN number
  • The license plate number

After completing your written request, you must send it and a check or money order for the $25 car registration replacement fee to this address:

Attn: Mail In Registration
Registry of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 55891
Boston, MA 02205-5891    

You will receive your new registration in the mail within 10 business days.

How to Replace a Car Registration if Out-of-State/on Military Duty

In the event that you are out-of-state, either traveling or on military duty, you are still required to replace lost car registration in Massachusetts. Whereas you will obviously not be able to go in person, you still have the option to replace these documents by phone, online (if you meet the plate requirements) or by mail. Just be sure to give the representative your current address.

How to Replace License Plates

In order to order replacement license plates in the state of Massachusetts, you can either do so by calling 1-800-858-3926 or visiting a local RMV office. You will have to pay a $10 fee in order to obtain your new plates. The same process is necessary if you need to replace personalized plates. However, it is important to keep in mind that you cannot get green license plates with the same exact number.
Note: If you need to replace handicap plates, a licensed physician, chiropractor or nurse practitioner needs to certify that you meet the qualifications necessary to obtain a handicap plate.

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