How do I obtain replacement license plates in NY? New York

License Plates Gone Missing

As long as you don't need to replace a custom or personalized license plate (see below), the process to replace a standard license plate is fairly straightforward.

Replacing a Standard License Plate


If your license plates are missing, before visiting any NY DMV for replacements you must first obtain a Form MV-78B (Report of Lost or Stolen Motor Vehicle Items) from a police station. If the report states your license plate was stolen, you will not be charged a replacement fee. 

Take Form MV-78B to any DMV office (you cannot apply online or by mail) along with:

  • A completed Vehicle Registration/Title Application (form MV-82).
  • A valid New York Insurance Identification Card (FS-20).
  • The "surviving" plate, if only one license plate is missing. Be sure to remove the license plate frame and fasteners. 
  • Proof of identification.
  • Cash or a check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) to pay the $28 license plate replacement fee. If it's for a trailer or motorcycle, where no front license plate is necessary, you'll only be charged $15.50. 

You'll receive new license plates with different numbers. You cannot have your old license plate number.

Replacing Custom or Personalized License Plates


You cannot apply for duplicates through a DMV office. For assistance, call (518) 402-4838 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.

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