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    Replacing a Lost New Jersey Registration

    If your New Jersey registration or license plates are lost, stolen, or damaged, you can request replacements from the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC).

    If your license plates are damaged, you can get replacements by mail.

    However, if they are lost or stolen, you’ll need to go in person to the MVC to get new plates immediately.

    If you need a duplicate vehicle title, see our page Replacing a Lost Title in New Jersey.

    Replacing a New Jersey Registration

    A NJ registration certificate must be replaced in person at any motor vehicle agency office.

    You will need:

    • Proof of your age and identity, such as your NJ driver’s license.
    • A NJ insurance card OR your receipt from a previous registration or title transaction.
    • The replacement application (Form BA-49), which is available at your NJ MVC office.
      • NOTE: ALL owners listed on the title must sign the form.
    • Payment for the duplicate registration fee:
      • Passenger or commercial registration for 1 year: $5.
      • Accelerated registration:
        • $11 during the first 3 years.
        • $5 in the last year.

    Replacing a Leased Vehicle Registration

    If your vehicle is leased and you need a replacement registration, you will need to request power of attorney (POA) from your leasing company. You will need to provide:

    • Your name.
    • A statement that authorizes you to sign the replacement registration application.
    • The vehicle’s vehicle identification number (VIN), make, and model.

    You’ll present the POA along with the other documents required for a replacement registration:

    • Your New Jersey driver’s license or ID.
    • Proof of insurance OR a registration or title transaction receipt.
    • The application form, available at the MVC.
    • Payment for replacement fees.

    Replacing NJ License Plates

    If your license plates are damaged and you want to purchase duplicates, you can do so by mail.

    If you need to replace lost or stolen license plates, you must do this in person at a NJ MVC office.

    Requesting Duplicate Plates

    To request duplicate license plates if yours are damaged, you’ll need to send by mail:

    • The duplicate license plate application (Form SP89), which you can get:
      • From an MVC office.
        OR
      • By calling (888) 486-3339.
    • A copy of your vehicle registration.
    • A check or money order for $11.

    Duplicate plates should arrive by mail in 10 to 12 weeks. Once you have the new plates, you must destroy the old ones or turn them in to an MVC office.

    Replacing Lost or Stolen Plates

    If your license plates are lost or stolen you must replace them and report the loss or theft to the New Jersey MVC.

    NOTE: Stolen plates should also be reported to your local police.

    To get replacement license plates, you’ll need to go in person to a Motor Vehicle Commission office with:

    • Your registration certificate.
    • Your ID.
    • Payment for fees:
      • $6 for standard plates.
      • $11 for special interest or dedicated plates.

    At the MVC, you will complete a Vehicle Registration/Plate Status Form (Form BA-1), which you must keep as proof that you reported the missing license plates to the MVC.

    Reporting Lost or Stolen Plates

    You must report lost or stolen license plates. If the plates from your current vehicle are lost or stolen:

    • Report the theft to your local police.
    • Obtain replacement plates from the NJ MVC.

    If you are NOT the current vehicle owner, you must notify the MVC in writing with a signed statement that describes what happened and includes:

    • The police report number.
    • Your name.
    • Your mailing address
    • The stolen license plate number.

    The statement should be sent to:

    Motor Vehicle Commission
    Customer Advocacy Office
    P.O. Box 403
    Trenton, NJ 08666

    You will receive verification that your statement was received and that the license plate status has been updated.

    Out-of-State Replacement

    You must request a replacement registration or license plate in person.

    However, if you are out of state, you can give your notarized consent to someone who is not the vehicle owner and have that person request a replacement at the NJ MVC on your behalf.

    Your representative will need a notarized consent statement, signed by all vehicle owners, as well as the other documents required for a replacement registration or license plates.

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