How can I find my license plate number if my plate is gone?

If you lose a license plate or plates and need the license plate number, you can look up your license plate number even if you no longer physically have your license plates by contacting your local DMV office. Depending on your state's policies, you may be able to do this by phone. Otherwise, you'll have to visit a DMV office in person, and provide proper identification in order to have an agent look up your license plate number.  

So, you can search for your number through the state or a private company. There's a chance you could track down your license plate number through your insurance provider or automobile club, if applicable. Access will depend on your company's or club's policies. 

Due to the possible criminal ramifications behind a missing plate, most states require immediately notifying the DMV, and, in some cases, the police. 

New York, for example, requires visiting the police first and obtaining a competed Lost or Stolen Motor Vehicle Items form before visiting the DMV. Most states will assign you a new license plate number, provided, of course, you did not have a personalized plate (also known as a vanity plate).

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