Replacing a Lost Registration in Virginia

Replacing Your Vehicle Registration in Virginia

Act fast if you lose your Virginia vehicle registration, license plate decals, or license plates. If stopped without your current and proper vehicle registration documents, you can expect to receive a traffic ticket and a fine, regardless of how sound and reasonable your excuse may be. If you drive around or park on public roadways without your license plates or license plate stickers, the chances are high that you'll be pulled over and ticketed. Damaged registration items are just as bad as missing ones.

If your license plates, registration certificate, or license plate stickers are lost, stolen, or damaged to a point in which they cannot be read, you should contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to request replacements.

Stolen plates, certificates, and decals should be reported to your local law enforcement agency in Virginia in addition to being replaced through the Virginia DMV.

On this page you'll find a basic overview of the replacement process for your vehicle registration documents.

If you have specific questions regarding your replacements or your vehicle registration, you should contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Replacing Your Virginia Registration Documents

Registration cards can typically be replaced online or in person. License plates and license plate decals will generally need to be replaced in person.

Remember to report any stolen vehicle registration documents to your local law enforcement agency. Criminals may try to use your stolen license plates and registration to sell stolen vehicles. Reporting the theft can help law enforcement catch the criminals.

In Person

To apply for a replacement registration card, license plate, or license plate decal in person, you can visit any Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office. You may need to complete the Vehicle Registration Application (Form VSA 14) and indicate which type of registration document you need and the reason for your replacement request.

On the application, you'll also need to include:

  • Name, address, driver's license number, phone number, and e-mail address of the owner and co-owner.
  • The vehicle's year, make, model, color, and vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • The vehicle's title number, license plate number, and registration expiration date.

The cost for a replacement registration is $2.

NOTE: When you visit your local Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, you may be asked to show your driver's license or another form of valid photo identification to prove your identity.


You can also request a replacement vehicle registration card online through the DMV's online services website.

To be eligible to request a replacement registration card online, the information on your replacement registration card must remain the same. You must indicate the reason for your replacement request. Your choices include:

  • Lost.
  • Stolen.
  • Damaged or mutilated.
  • Additional card.

You will need to enter:

  • Your vehicle title number.
  • The last digits of your vehicle identification number (VIN).

It will typically take up to 15 days to receive your new registration in the mail, so remember to print out your receipt to show as proof of your vehicle registration, in case you're pulled over. If you choose the online option, your replacement is free. Otherwise, your duplicate registration card will cost $2.


VSA 14
Vehicle Registration Application
Application for original, renewed, OR replacement Virginia registration, license plates, OR decals.

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