How do I replace lost or damaged WV license plates, stickers, tabs or tags? West Virginia

Replacing license plates (sometimes called car tags) and stickers is as easy as replacing a vehicle registration card. Just follow the instructions below, but first, keep in mind:

  • If your license plate or sticker is missing or has been stolen (as opposed to just worn, faded, or illegible), the DMV requires you to report it to the West Virginia State Police.
  • If your license plate is just worn, faded, or illegible, you can actually wait until it’s time to renew your car registration before you replace it. If you wait, there’s no charge.

Replacing Your WV License Plate

To replace your WV license plate:

  1. Print and complete Form DMV-32-TR, the Application for Duplicate Registration Card, Decal, or Plate & Change of Address form.
  2. Make sure you check the box beside “Duplicate Plate.”
  3. Write a check or money order for the $5.50 replacement fee. (The application states the cost is only $5; however, the WV DMV website and employees confirm the cost is $5.50.)
  4. Mail everything to:
WV Division of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 17110
Charleston, WV  25317

NOTE: You will automatically receive a duplicate registration card with your license plate.

Replacing Your WV License Plate Sticker

To replace your WV license plate sticker (also referred to as a “decal”):

  1. Print and complete Form DMV-32-TR, the Application for Duplicate Registration Card, Decal, or Plate & Change of Address form.
  2. Make sure you check the box beside “Duplicate Decal.”
  3. Make sure you provide the section labeled “Required Insurance Information.”  
  4. Write a check or money order for the $5 replacement fee.
  5. Mail everything to:
WV Division of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 17110
Charleston, WV  25317

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