How do I replace lost or damaged NC license plate stickers, tabs or tags? North Carolina

Replacing License Plates or Stickers/Tabs/Tags

If your license plate, stickers, or car tags are damaged, lost, or stolen, then you can get duplicates. You will not have to pay for a whole new year of car registration. Simply:

  1. Make an appointment at a DMV (Vehicle and Plate Renewal) office.
  2. Fill out Form MV-18, Application for Replacement of Plate or Sticker, available at the NC DMV Web site.
  3. Show your proof of insurance.
  4. Pay a $15 fee, plus a notary fee (determined at the office).

Replacing a License Plate from Out of State

If you’re living out of North Carolina, you can still get a replacement plate before your vehicle registration is due again. Just:

  1. Complete MV-18, Application for Replacement of Plate or Sticker, downloadable from the NC DMV website. Make sure it lists your vehicle information.
  2. Get the form notarized.
  3. Send the form and $15 to:
The Division of Motor Vehicles
3148 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-3148

Reporting a Stolen Plate or Sticker

Go to the Vehicle Plate and Renewal DMV office to report stolen license plates.

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