My license plate is gone, how do I find out my tag number?

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Depending on your situation, you might be able to:
  • Check your vehicle’s registration card or other proof of registration – your tag number might be on there.
  • Check your proof of insurance. Some insurance companies give policyholders cards, binders, or statements on company letterhead and oftentimes these documents will include a place for the tag number.
Of course, not everyone will have these options and because everyone will need to contact the appropriate agency regarding a lost license plate, most DMVs have a system in place to help you obtain your tag number if your license plate is missing as well as order replacement tags.

Depending on your state’s methods and policies, you might be able to:
  • Retrieve your tag number using a lookup system in place on your state’s DMV Web site.
  • Place a call to your local DMV office or your state’s DMV headquarters.
  • Make a trip to your local DMV office.
Note that although they might vary from state to state, most DMVs will require you to present, in some form, certain documents that prove you are who you are and that you’re actually the owner of the vehicle. Such documents might include your driver’s license and a copy of your vehicle’s title and registration, but always be sure to check with your DMV.

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