Replacing a Lost Registration in Florida

In Florida, you’re required to have your car registration while driving and, if pulled over, to show it to the police officer upon request.

So, if your registration has been lost or stolen, it’s important to apply for a duplicate right away.  Fortunately, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) makes replacing a missing car registration simple.

*NOTE: If you’ve lost your FL license plates or decals, jump over to our License Plates & Placards section for details on how to replace them!

Obtaining a Duplicate FL Car Registration

You can easily replace a lost registration online OR in person at either your local tax collector’s office or DHSMV motor vehicle services branch. We’ll go over both options below. 


To replace your registration online, you’ll need to access the DHSMV’s virtual office and provide your:

  • Name and address.
  • Social Security number.
  • Date of birth.
  • Driver’s license number.
  • License plate number.
  • Credit card information to pay the:
    • Replacement registration fee: $2.75
    • Non-refundable service fee: $2.

Make sure you have a printer ready so you can print the receipt as temporary proof of registration

In Person

You can get your duplicate Florida registration by visiting your local tax collector or motor vehicle services office and paying the $2.75 replacement registration fee.

The process and fees could vary, depending on the office you visit and county you live in. For more information, contact your local county office.

Replacement Plates & Stickers

If your license plates and/or decals were also lost or damaged along with your registration, there is a separate process to replace them.

Our FL License Plates page has the details you need, including required forms, fees, and documents.

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