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Replacing a Lost Registration in North Carolina

Replace Your North Carolina Registration

To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged registration, license plate, or license place sticker in North Carolina, you must request a replacement from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Once the DMV receives the application, supporting documents, and fees, they will process the replacement. If you go in person, you can get most replacements right away. Mail times vary based on where you live.

NOTE: You CANNOT get a replacement registration, license plate, or sticker if yours was confiscated by a law enforcement officer.

Replacing a North Carolina Registration

You can replace your registration card:

  • Online.
  • By mail.
  • In person.

Online

To apply online through the DMV's online registration system you'll need:

  • Your license plate number.
  • Your vehicle title number.
  • A debit or credit card for the $15 replacement fee.

By Mail

Complete the Application for Duplicate and/or Additional Registration Certificates (Form MVR-10). Be sure to include a check for $15 and send your documents to:

NC Division of Motor Vehicles
3148 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

In Person

To apply in person, simply go to your local DMV or tag office with:

Replacing a NC License Plate or Sticker

You can request a replacement license plate or sticker:

  • By mail.
  • In person.

By Mail

To receive new license plates or a sticker by mail, you will need:

Mail the form and accompanying materials to:

NC Division of Motor Vehicles
3148 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

In Person

To request a replacement license plate or sticker in person at a DMV or tag office, you will need:

Out-of-State Replacements

If your registration card is lost, stolen, or damaged while you are outside of North Carolina, you can request a replacement online.

If your license plate or sticker is lost, stolen, or damaged while you are outside of the state, you can request replacements by mail. See the “Replacing a North Carolina Registration" section above for complete details.

If you need help requesting replacements, contact the DMV for assistance.

Reporting Lost or Stolen Registration

The NC DMV does NOT require you to report the loss, theft, or damage of a registration, license plate, or sticker to any law enforcement agency.

However, there are a number of reasons that you may wish to file a report, including prevention of fraud and identity theft, as well as avoiding tickets and fines you could receive for driving without a valid registration or license plates.

To protect yourself, you can report the loss, theft, or damage of a registration card, license plate, or sticker to your local law enforcement agency.

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