Replacing a Lost Registration in North Carolina

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Replace Your North Carolina Registration

To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged registration, license plate, or license place sticker in North Carolina, you must request a replacement from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Once the DMV receives the application, supporting documents, and fees, they will process the replacement. If you go in person, you can get most replacements right away. Mail times vary based on where you live.

NOTE: You CANNOT get a replacement registration, license plate, or sticker if yours was confiscated by a law enforcement officer.

Replacing a North Carolina Registration

You can replace your registration card:

  • Online.
  • By mail.
  • In person.

Let's go through each option below.

Replacing a NC Plate Decal

You can request a replacement license plate or sticker:

  • By mail.
  • In person.

By Mail

To receive new license plates or a sticker by mail, you will need:

Mail the form and accompanying materials to:

NC Division of Motor Vehicles
3148 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27697

In Person

To request a replacement license plate or sticker in person at a DMV or tag office, you will need:

Reporting Lost or Stolen Registration

The NC DMV does NOT require you to report the loss, theft, or damage of a registration, license plate, or sticker to any law enforcement agency.

However, there are a number of reasons that you may wish to file a report, including prevention of fraud and identity theft, as well as avoiding tickets and fines you could receive for driving without a valid registration or license plates.

To protect yourself, you can report the loss, theft, or damage of a registration card, license plate, or sticker to your local law enforcement agency.


Application for Replacement Plate and/or Sticker
Request replacement license plates OR registration stickers from the North Carolina DMV.
Application for Duplicate and/or Additional Registration Certificates
Request duplicate AND/OR additional registration certificates from the North Carolina DMV.
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