Replacing a Lost Registration in Arizona

Duplicate Registration, License Plates, and Tabs in Arizona

Are you feeling lost because you need to replace a registration, license plate, or year tab? Don't worry. We'll walk you through the process. It's fairly simple.

Remember, if any of your registration items or documents are lost, stolen, or damaged, you should contact the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) as soon as possible to request replacements This can be done in person or online. If you have lost the month/year tab on your license plate you must appear in person at your local MVD or authorized third party vendor to replace them.

If you drive around without your current registration papers and you are pulled over, you may receive fines and penalties in addition to the ones you may already be facing for the violation that got you pulled over in the first place. If you drive around without your license plates or current registration tabs, you are basically asking for a law enforcement officer to pull you over and give you a ticket.

If your registration items are damaged beyond the point of recognition, you may face the same penalties and fines as if they were missing all together.

On this page you'll find a basic overview of the steps you'll need to take with the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) to request a replacement license plate, registration tab, or registration certificate.

If you have specific questions pertaining to your situation, please contact the the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) directly.

How to Replace a License Plate in Arizona

You may replace your lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed license plates either in person at a Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) office or through the mail.

If you apply to replace your license plates in person, be sure to bring:

  • Your driver's license or a valid form of photo ID.
  • Your license plate or your vehicle identification number.
  • Payment for the $5 replacement license plate fee.

NOTE: If you need your replacements mailed to you, you may need to add the price of postage to the replacement fee.

To request replacement license plates by mail, you'll need to:

  • Complete a Plate Notice (Form 48-3302). You'll need to include:
    • The license plate number.
    • Your name and address.
    • The vehicle identification number (VIN), year, and make of your vehicle.
    • Whether the plate is lost, stolen, destroyed, or mutilated.
  • A check or money order for the license plate replacement fee and the cost of postage.

You should receive your replacement license plate in the mail.

NOTE: If you suspect or have evidence that your license plates were stolen, you should file a police report with your local law enforcement agency in addition to requesting replacements with the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).

Replace Lost AZ Vehicle Registration or Tab

You can replace your vehicle registration certificate at the MVD, an approved third party provider, or online. You cannot replace lost or damaged month/year tabs online.
You'll need provide the AZ MVD with a photo ID.

To apply for a duplicate registration or license plate tab online, you'll need to visit the online services section of the Arizona MVD website. You'll need to provide:

  • Your license plate number.
  • Your vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Your driver's license number.
  • A credit card to pay the $5 replacement fee.

Once you complete the transaction, you'll need a printer to print your registration receipt. Replacement license plate tabs and a new registration card will be mailed to your address on the Arizona MVD records.

NOTE: If you believe your registration certificate or license plate tabs have been stolen, you should also report them to the local authorities.


Plate Notice
Notify the Motor Vehicle Division of a release of responsibility for an AZ license plate no longer in your possession.

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