Replacing a Lost Registration in Wisconsin

Losing your registration certificate or plate decals can be a real headache. Fortunately, the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has several easy and inexpensive options for replacing your lost registration items.

Lost Your License Plate?

Check out our page on replacing license plates in Wisconsin for a helpful guide.

Duplicate WI Registration Requirements

The WI DMV allows you to order duplicate registration certificates and plate stickers:

  • Online*.
  • By mail.

Where to Find Your VIN

Your vehicle ID number (VIN) can be found on your:

  • Title.
  • Dashboard near the windshield on the driver’s side.
  • Driver’s door jamb.

Either way, you’ll need your:

  • Driver’s license or State ID number.
  • Plate number.
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Social security number.

Let's go through the steps for each replacement option below.

*This option is available to individual vehicle owners and lessees only. Businesses are NOT able to use the online service.

Online Replacements

You can replace your Wisconsin registration online as long as you’re an individual vehicle owner or lessee. If you’re a business, you’ll need to follow the instructions for mail-in replacements.

To replace your registration or plate decals online*, visit the DMV’s online portal and provide your:

  • Email address.
  • Birth date.
  • Last 4 digits of your Social Security number (SSN).
  • Driver’s license or ID card number.
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Payment for the $2 duplicate registration fee (with or without sticker).
    • Convenience fees apply to credit and debit transactions, but NOT to Automated Clearing House (ACH) and electronic check transactions.

If you order a registration AND decal, your items will be mailed to your address. If you JUST need a duplicate registration card, you’ll be emailed a PDF copy* for you to print.

* NOTE: The online system is often unavailable on Sundays between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. for scheduled upkeep.

Replace by Mail

Replacing your Wisconsin registration certificate and/or plate sticker by mail is easy. Simply provide the following:

Mail your application and payment to:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 7911
Madison, WI 53707


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