Replace lost or damaged plates

Important information

  • Vehicle and vessel licensing offices can’t perform transactions on Saturday, December 10.
  • Vehicle and vessel online services won’t be available December 7-12 while we update our system.
  • On December 12, 2016, we’ll begin using a new vehicle and vessel computer system.
  • In the days following the launch of our new system, you may experience longer than usual wait times.

Learn more: DOL vehicle licensing system will be down on December 10 for system replacement (licensingexpress.wordpress.com).

You must replace your license plates if they have been lost, stolen, destroyed, or mutilated. If they are reported stolen, you cannot use the same number.

Verify your address first

Before you can replace your plates, you must verify your residence street address or business address with us. To verify your address:

How to replace your plates

Standard plates

To replace standard license plates, visit a vehicle licensing office and bring all of the following with you:

  • A notarized Affidavit of Loss, or a notarized letter addressed to the Department of Licensing, saying that your vehicle license plates have been lost, stolen, destroyed, or mutilated.
  • Photo identification.
  • Cash or check for the fee:
    • Vehicles - $32.75
    • Motorcycles - $14.75

Once replaced, your current plates are canceled immediately, and our records will note your plates have been replaced.

Personalized or special design plates

To replace personalized or special design plates, visit a vehicle licensing office and bring all of the following with you:

Once replaced, your current plates are canceled immediately, and our records will note your plates have been replaced.

IRP (prorate) plates

To learn how to replace your International Registration Plan (IRP) plates, see Replace your cab cards, decals, or plates.

Remember to update your Good To Go! account

Be sure to update the license plate number and contact information on your Good To Go! account after you replace your plates. You can update your account with the Department of Transportation:

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