Replacing a Lost Registration in Vermont

Replacing Registration Cards, Decals, and License Plates in Vermont

There is no need to wave your fist at the sun if you lose your vehicle registration certificate, license plates, or your license plate decals. The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will easily rectify your loss.

You will need to act fast, however. Operating a vehicle without your current registration card, registration sticker, or license plates is illegal and, if you're stopped, can lead to a traffic ticket and a fine, regardless of how sound and reasonable your excuse.

If you suspect that your Vermont vehicle registration documents were stolen rather than simply misplaced, you should take an extra step along with replacing your items with the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Contact your local law enforcement agency to file a police report and notify the agency of the theft.

On this page you'll find an overview of the steps you can take to replace your registration certificate, license plate stickers, or license plates.

For answers to specific questions you may have about your vehicle registration or license plates, you should contact the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) directly.

Lost Registration and Decals in Vermont

You can replace your registration certificate and license plate stickers/decals online or in person.

To replace your registration items in person, you'll need to complete a Corrected or Replacement Registration (Form VD-040) and bring it, along with payment for any required fees, to any VT DMV office that handles registration procedures. You'll receive a new registration certificate before exiting the office.

On the form you'll need to indicate which type of registration document you need and the reason for your replacement request. Your options include:

  • Lost.
  • Stolen.
  • Needs correction.
  • Destroyed.

Along with checking the appropriate boxes, you'll also need to include your:

  • Name and address.
  • Social Security number (SSN) and birth date.
  • Phone number and e-mail address.
  • Vermont driver's license number.
  • Vehicle's license plate number.
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Make, model, year, and color or your vehicle.

Alternatively, you can also use Vermont's DMV Express website to request your replacement registration.

You can begin the online replacement application by entering either your Vermont driver's license number or your vehicle's license plate number. After you pay your fees and complete the transaction, you'll be able to print a temporary registration to use until your replacements arrive in the mail.

Lost VT License Plates

If your Vermont license plates have been lost or stolen, complete the Replacement Plate Application (Form VD-016) and submit it to your local DMV office, along with payment for the $12 replacement fee.

On the application, you'll need to include:

  • Your license plate number and registration expiration date.
  • Whether your license plates were lost, stolen, seized, or faded beyond recognition.
  • Your vehicle identification number (VIN), make, model, and year.
  • Your name and address as they appear on your registration.

NOTE: The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will typically issue you a new license plate number if your old plates were lost or stolen.


Corrected or Replacement Registration
Use this form to request a duplicate registration OR a corrected registration from the VT DMV.
Replacement Plate Application
The Vermont DMV requires that you submit this form, along with the indicated fee, to replace your lost, stolen, faded, or damaged license plates.

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