About Replacing a Car Registration in Maine
You must replace a lost car registration in Maine as soon as your original registration is no longer in your possession. If you fail to replace a lost vehicle registration certificate, you may receive a traffic ticket if a police officer pulls you over.
In addition to a lost registration, another reason to purchase a duplicate credential is if your registration becomes damaged to the point where it is no longer legible.
Note: If you lose or damage your registration close to its expiration date, you may be able to complete the registration renewal process instead of ordering a duplicate.
In most cases, you can submit your request in person or online through the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). If you wish to purchase replacement license plates and/or validation stickers, however, you must submit your request in person or by mail.
To learn more about the steps you must take to replace damaged, stolen or missing registration credentials, review the sections below.
Getting a Duplicate Registration in Maine
To replace car registration documents, you must submit your request in person or online.
To purchase a ME copy of registration credentials in person, you must visit your local BMV branch. Once there, you will need to provide some personal and vehicle information, such as:
- Your vehicle’s license plate number.
- Your date of birth.
- Your full name.
Depending on the town in which you live, you may be able to submit your request at a local municipal office rather than a BMV branch.
“Can you print your car registration online in ME?” is a common question many drivers have.
Typically, you can submit your auto registration replacement request online if the following statements are true:
- You can provide your name, birth date and your vehicle’s license plate number.
- You have access to a working printer.
- Your vehicle registration credentials are not due to expire within the next seven days.
Getting a Maine DMV Copy of Registration Plates or Stickers
To purchase replacement car registration plates and/or stickers, there is a separate application form that you must fill out. Once completed, submit your application along with the other required documents.
Depending on your preferred method, you may submit your application in one of two ways:
- In person at your local municipal office or BMV
- By mail to the BMV office in Augusta.
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