I lost my vehicle registration, what should I do?

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To replace a lost vehicle registration, you must go through your state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). In some states this means visiting your local county treasurer or assessor. 

A lost car registration requires immediate attention. Otherwise you run the risk of getting ticketed for operating a motor vehicle without proof of registration. Applying for a duplicate registration certificate is a simple process that can be completed in minutes. Each state has different identification requirements and fees and methods for applying for a new registration card. 

Every state allows you to apply in person. Others provide mail, online and phone options, as seen in the grid below.

Renew by Mail Renew Online
Alabama
Alaska
x
Arizona
x
x
Arkansas
California
x
Colorado
Connecticut
x
Delaware
Florida
x
Georgia
Hawaii
x
x
Online option only offered in Hawaii county.
Idaho
Illinois
x
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
x
x
Maine
Maryland
x
x
Massachusetts
x
You can also renew via phone.
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
x
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico Phone option available if you're out of state.
New York
x
x
North Carolina
x
x
North Dakota
x
Ohio
x
x
Oklahoma
x
Oregon
x
Pennsylvania
x
Rhode Island
x
South Carolina
x
South Dakota
Tennessee
x
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
x
Washington
West Virginia
x
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Washington DC
x

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