How do I obtain replacement license plates in NY? New York
License Plates Gone MissingAs 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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