Replacing a Lost Registration in Texas
Duplicate Registration Receipts, Stickers and License Plates in Texas
If your license plate, registration decal, or registration certificate is missing or damaged, you should request a replacement with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Common reasons for having to request a replacement registration item include your registration receipt, sticker, or plate being:
- Damaged beyond the point of legibility.
- Lost in the mail/never received after a renewal.
If any of the above apply to you, be sure to act fast in requesting a replacement. Driving without your current registration receipt can put you at risk of receiving additional traffic citations, fines, and penalties if you are pulled over for any sort of traffic violation. Driving around without your license plates or license plate stickers attached to your vehicle can be reasons in themselves for a law enforcement officer to pull you over and give you a ticket and a fine.
On this page you'll find an overview of the steps to take when requesting a replacement registration certificate, license plate sticker, or license plate.
NOTE: If you suspect or have evidence that your registration items were stolen, along with contacting the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), you should contact your local law enforcement agency and file a police report.
If you have specific questions about your vehicle registration, contact the Texas DMV.
To replace a lost vehicle registration certificate or receipt, you'll need to visit your local Texas DMV Regional Service Center or county tax office and:
- Submit a Request for Texas Motor Vehicle Information (Form VTR-275).
- Fill out your information and check the box marked "Duplicate registration receipt for current registration period."
- Pay the corresponding fee listed on the form.
You'll need to include your name and address as they appear on the current registration/vehicle title. You'll also need to include your vehicle's descriptive information and vehicle identification number (VIN).
If the registration sticker on your license plate has been lost or damaged, you can replace it by:
- Visiting your local county tax office.
- Submitting a completed Application for Replacement License Plate(s), and/or Vehicle Registration Sticker (Form VTR-60).
- Paying the $6 replacement fee and $1 automation fee.
On the application you'll need to indicate what you need to replace. You'll also need to include your name, address, and vehicle information/vehicle identification number as they appear on your current registration documents.
Remember, you must display your current and valid vehicle registration stickers to avoid receiving traffic tickets and fines when driving or parking on public roadways in Texas.
If one or both of your license plates is lost or stolen, head to your county tax office to get a set of replacements. New numbers will be issued unless you have personalized plates and wish to keep the same numbers.
It costs $6 for most vehicles plus you will pay a $1 automation fee (see above for information on lost stickers).
NOTE: You should strongly consider reporting stolen license plates to the police.
For more information, please contact the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).