Replacing a Lost Registration in Montana

If your registration has been damaged, lost, or stolen, it’s important to replace it as quickly as possible—you don’t want to get caught out on the roads without it!

Thankfully, you can order a replacement through the Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).

Duplicate MT Registration, Plates, & Tabs

Visit your local county treasurer’s office to replace your lost or damaged Montana license plate, validation sticker, or registration card.

You may be asked to provide your:

  • Driver’s license.
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • License plate number.
  • Registration card (if available).
  • Damaged plate, decal, or registration (if applicable).

You will be given a replacement once you pay the applicable fee. See the fees section below for a detailed breakdown of costs.

If the office does not have your duplicate or replacement license plate at the facility, you can request a temporary substitute that will be valid for 40 days.

If you have any questions about the process—or what you’ll need to bring to your local office to replace your plate, sticker, or registration card—please contact your county treasurer’s office or the Vehicle Services Bureau (VSB) at (406) 444-3661.

MT Replacement Registration Fees

Fees for replacing license plates, registration decals, and registration cards are outlined below:

  • Duplicate registration: $2.
  • Duplicate license plate (will have the same background and number as your lost or damaged plate): $15.45.
  • Replacement license plate (will be different from your lost or damaged plate): $10.30.
  • Duplicate plate decal: $15.

Out of State Replacement

If your registration receipt, license plate, or decal are lost, stolen, or damaged while you are temporarily outside of Montana, contact your local country treasurer's office for assistance. You can also contact MVD customer service at (406) 444-3933.

Reporting a Lost or Stolen Registration or Plate

In addition to requesting a replacement registration, license plate, or decal from the MT MVD, you may also want to file a police report with your local law enforcement agency.

Filing a police report can protect you in case the lost or stolen items are used to commit fraud, including identity theft, or used illegally on a different vehicle. Having a police report on file can also be helpful in case you are stopped or in an accident while waiting for your replacements.

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