Replacing a Lost Registration in Virginia

If you’ve lost or damaged your registration or sticker—or worse, had it stolen—you can replace it through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

We’ll walk you through the forms and information you’ll need for a quick and painless process. Let’s get started.

Replace a Virginia Registration

You have several options for replacing your damaged or lost registration. You can request your replacement:

  • Online.
  • In person at either a:
    • DMV office.
    • Self-service center kiosk.

Keep reading for instructions on each option.


Replacing a lost, damaged, or stolen registration online is quick and easy. Visit the DMV’s online services portal and:

  • Sign into your My DMV account, if you already have one.
    • If you don’t have an account, creating one gives you the option to print your registration immediately.
  • Enter your title number and the last 4 digits of your VIN.
    • With this option, the DMV will mail your registration within 15 days.

Once you log in, follow the prompts to request your duplicate registration certificate. Online replacements are free.

Be prepared to provide your:

  • E-mail address.
  • Driver’s license number.
  • License plate number.
  • Vehicle’s year, make, and model.

Make sure the DMV has your current address on file before having your registration mailed to you. You can update your address after logging into the portal.

In Person

You can replace your registration in person, either at a Virginia DMV office or a self-service kiosk.

Instructions for each option are below.


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Vehicle Registration Application
Application for original, renewed, OR replacement Virginia registration, license plates, OR decals.
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