Replacing a Lost Registration in North Dakota

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Replace Your North Dakota Registration

To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged registration card, license plate, or decal in North Dakota, you can mail an application or visit a local North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) in person.

You will need to provide specific information about your vehicle, including the vehicle identification number (VIN) and license plate number.

The process to replace your vehicle registration, license plates, or decals is simple. You just submit an application and fee to NDDOT, and they'll give or send you the replacements.

If you need to replace a vehicle title, see our page Replacing a Lost Title in North Dakota.

How to Replace a North Dakota Registration

To replace lost, stolen, or damaged ND vehicle registration cards, license plates, or renewal decals, you have a few options. You can request the replacements:

  • By mail.
  • In person.

To obtain a new vehicle registration, plate, or sticker, you will need:

  • The Application for Certificate of Title & Registration (SFN 2872). Be sure to include:
    • The vehicle identification number (VIN).
    • The vehicle's license plate number.
    • The current odometer reading.
  • Payment of fees:
    • Duplicate registration card: $2.
    • Duplicate license plate: $5. You will also get a new registration card and decal.
    • Duplicate decal: $3. You will also get a duplicate registration card.

You can take your application and payment to your closest NDDOT branch OR mail the application to:

Department of Transportation
Motor Vehicle Division
608 E. Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND 58505

NOTE: If your registration is due for renewal, you will need to renew your registration when you request a replacement. See our page Registration Renewal in North Dakota for more information.

Out-of-State Replacement

If you are temporarily outside of North Dakota and your registration, plate, or decal is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can still apply for a replacement.

From outside of ND, you can request replacement registration documents by mailing the Application for Certificate of Title & Registration (SFN 2872) and required fees to:

Department of Transportation
Motor Vehicle Division
608 E. Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND 58505

The fees are:

  • $2 for a replacement registration card.
  • $5 for a license plate, which includes a new registration card and decal.
  • $3 for a duplicate decal, which includes a duplicate registration card.

Be aware that the registration, plates, or stickers will be mailed to the address on file with NDDOT, and that the address on the application MUST match the address on file.

If you need the items sent to a different address, contact NDDOT at (855) 637-6237 for assistance.

Report a Lost or Stolen ND Registration

In addition to reporting a lost or stolen registration or license plate to NDDOT when you request a replacement, you may also want to file a report with your local police department.

Reporting the loss or theft of a registration card or license plate to the police can help stop someone from using your information to commit a number of fraudulent activities, including identity theft.

It can also be helpful to have a police report on file if you are stopped for failing to display a valid license plate while waiting for your replacement plate.


SFN 2872
Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Vehicle
Apply for a new, renewal, OR duplicate ND DOT title, registration, or tabs.

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