Replacing a Lost Registration in Massachusetts

Duplicate Registration & License Plates in Massachusetts

If your Massachusetts vehicle registration card or license plates are lost, stolen, or damaged, you should request replacements with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) as soon as you are able.

Driving without your vehicle's current registration information can cause you problems if you are pulled over. If you can't provide the law enforcement officer with your current registration papers, you may face additional penalties and fines on top of the ones you may already be facing for the violation you committed.

If you drive around without your MA license plates or license plate decals attached to your vehicle, you will likely be pulled over, ticketed, and fined.

On this page you'll find an overview of your options for replacing your vehicle registration certificate and license plates.

NOTE: If you believe your registration items were stolen, you should also contact the local authorities to file a police report.

If you have specific questions about replacing your registration/license plates, please contact the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) directly.

How to Replace Your MA Vehicle Registration Card

You can request duplicate vehicle registrations several ways in Massachusetts― in person, by phone, or online.

In-Person Registration Replacement

To replace your registration in person, visit your local full-service Registry of Motor Vehicles to complete the necessary paperwork. You will need to bring your registration number and vehicle owner information.  The $25 fee is payable by cash, check, or money order. You should receive the duplicate registration that same day.

Online Registration Replacement

For an online transaction you'll need to provide: 

  • The vehicle registration number.
  • you driver's license, ID, or FID number.
  • A valid email address.
  • Payment for the fee.
  • The $25 fee is payable by credit or debit card. You can print your registration or receive it in the in the mail in about 10 days.

    Replacement Registration by Phone

    You may also request a replacement by telephone. The state has several different phone numbers you may call depending on your location. You will need to have handy:

    • Your driver's license, ID, or FID number.
    • Vehicle identification number.
    • Credit or debit card for the $25 duplicate registration fee.

    Your will receive your registration in the mail in about 7 days.

    How to Replace Lost License Plates in Massachusetts

    If you've lost your MA vehicle tags, you can only get replacements in person at your local Massachusetts RMV or by phone. If you've only lost one tag, you'll be given a temporary permit to keep in the car until the replacement tag arrives. If you've lost both plates, you'll have to apply in person for a new set of plates with new numbers.

    You cannot apply for green plates with the same number. If your single green plate is lost or stolen, you'll be given a set of the new red and white plates as replacements. For information on how to replace your license plates visit our MA License Plate & Placards page.

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