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    Duplicate License Plates and Registrations in Michigan

    Things happen in life, and sometimes a registration card or a license plate will need to be replaced. So, we'll show you how to do so.

    If your Michigan vehicle registration certificate or license plates are lost, stolen, or damaged to the point of no return, you should contact the Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) for replacements as soon as you can.

    No one wants to be burdened with extra traffic citations, fines, and penalties just because they didn't have their current registration certificate in the car when they got pulled over, and you shouldn't take the risk of receiving tickets and fines for driving around without your license plate attached to your vehicle.

    Ordering duplicates/replacements is a necessary and responsible step to take if your Michigan registration documents ever go missing or become so damaged that they are no longer legible.

    On this page you'll find some of the general steps to take to replace your vehicle registration card or license plate.

    If you have specific questions about your vehicle's registration, please contact the Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) directly.

    Replacing a Registration Card in Michigan

    Damaged or missing registration cards can be replaced by visiting your local Secretary of State branch office. You'll need to have your license plate number with you.

    You can also apply for a duplicate registration on the SOS online services website. You'll need to provide your:

    • Social Security number (SSN).
    • MI driver's license number.
    • Birth date and eye color.

    You'll also likely need to provide your license plate number and vehicle information.

    It's typically free to receive a duplicate card, but, if your plates have expired, you'll have to pay your renewal fees to receive a new registration card.

    Replacing a License Plate in Michigan

    To replace a damaged or stolen license plate, head to a Michigan SOS branch office. Be sure to have your vehicle registration card or license plate number with you. You'll be issued a replacement plate, a new registration, and a new tab for $5.

    NOTE: Only you, as the vehicle owner, or a member of your family living at the same address must make the request. Or, you may complete an Appointment of Agent (Form TR-128), which allows a representative to receive the license plates on your behalf.

    If you only need replacement registration license plate decals, you should contact the Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) for information about the steps and requirements to obtain replacement stickers only.

    If your license plate or vehicle registration sticker was stolen, along with requesting a replacement, you should also contact your local law enforcement agency to file a police report. If you fail to file a police report and someone else is using your license plates, you could face problems if that person is ever pulled over.

    Remember, driving around without your license plates and current registration stickers will greatly increase your chances of getting pulled over. You'll likely receive a traffic ticket and fines, and, depending on the circumstances of the situation, your vehicle could also be impounded.

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