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    Replacing Registrations, Plates, and Decals in Maryland

    If your registration certificate, license plates, or registration decals are lost, stolen, or damaged/mutilated, you should request replacements with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) as soon as you can to avoid possible fines, penalties, and traffic citations if you are pulled over.

    If you suspect that any of your vehicle registration items/license plates were stolen, you should also contact your local law enforcement agency to file a police report. Under certain circumstances, you may need the police report to successfully apply for replacements.

    On this page you'll find an overview of the replacement process for your Maryland registration card, license plate stickers, and license plates.

    If you have specific questions about the process for your vehicle's registration, please contact the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).

    NOTE: You will typically receive a new vehicle registration card when you submit an application for duplicate license plates or registration stickers. (See "Lost Maryland Registration Stickers" and "Replacing Lost License Plates in Maryland" below.)

    Replacing Your Maryland Registration Card

    The best way to apply for a duplicate registration card is through the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration online service website.

    To request a duplicate vehicle registration card online, you'll need to provide:

    • Your vehicle title number.
    • Your license plate number
      AND
    • A form of payment (VISA, MasterCard, or check) for the duplicate registration card fee of $5.

    The Maryland MVA's online service lets you print a temporary registration card after you've completed the application, so you should try to apply for a duplicate on a computer that is connected to a printer. A temporary registration card is helpful in case you get pulled over before you receive your new registration card in the mail.

    Lost Maryland Registration Stickers

    If you just need to replace a lost registration sticker for your license plate, you can complete an application for a substitute sticker on the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration online services website.

    You can also complete an Application for Substitute Plates/Stickers/Moped Motor-Scooter Off-Road Vehicle Decal/Duplicate Registration Card (Form VR-009). Take the completed form to your local MD MVA office or mail it to the following address with the applicable fees ($5 for replacement stickers):

    Motor Vehicle Administration - Registration Renewal Section
    6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
    Glen Burnie, MD 21062

    Make checks or money orders payable to "Motor Vehicle Administration" and write your MD driver's license number and phone number on the check. Make sure there's a pre-printed name and address on the check, or else the MVA won't accept it.

    Replacing Lost License Plates in Maryland

    Complete an Application for Substitute Plates/Stickers/Moped Motor-Scooter Off-Road Vehicle Decal/Duplicate Registration Card (Form VR-009) and write a check for the $20 fee (includes replacement plates and stickers). Make checks or money orders payable to "Motor Vehicle Administration." You'll need to include all relevant information, such as your license plate number, title number, insurance information, etc.

    You can take the complete materials to your local Maryland MVA office or send them to the following address:

    Motor Vehicle Administration - Registration Renewal Section
    6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E.
    Glen Burnie, MD 21062