How to Replace Your Car Registration in Florida

You must replace a lost car registration in Florida as soon as your original credential is no longer in your possession or you have reason to believe that someone has stolen it from you. Additionally, you must replace your registration credentials if your original license plate, validation decal or registration card sustains a significant amount of damage from fire, water, vandalism or any other incident.

In most cases, you can get duplicate registration credentials online, in person or via the MyFlorida smartphone app. In addition to replacing lost vehicle registration credentials, state law requires you to replace your license plates once every 10 years.

If your vehicle’s license plates are 10 years of age or older, you may replace them immediately or you may wait until your next car registration renewal period. To learn more about these requirements and the steps you must take to replace your registration credentials before they expire, review the sections below.

How to Replace a Damaged or Lost Registration in Florida

To replace a car registration in Florida after your original card disappears from your possession, sustains damage or is no longer readable, you have two options. You may either complete the process in person at a Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) service center, or you may submit your request online or via the MyFlorida mobile app. Learn more about each of these replacement methods by reviewing the sections below.

How to Replace Online

Can you print your car registration online? This is a common question for those who lose, damage or misplace their vehicle’s original registration card. Typically, you may print a replacement credential online if you can provide your date of birth, Social Security Number (SSN), driver’s license number and the license plate number of your registered vehicle. If you are not eligible to request a replacement car registration online, you may visit an FLHSMV customer service center to submit your request in person.

In Person

To purchase a copy of registration credentials in person at an FLHSMV service center, you must visit the office during its regular operating hours. In most cases, you will receive the replacement card before leaving the office.