About Replacing Your Car Registration in Hawaii
You must replace a lost car registration in Hawaii whenever your original credential disappears from your possession. For instance, you must replace a lost vehicle registration if you misplace your original credential or believe that another individual has stolen it from you. If your current registration card becomes damaged or is no longer readable, you must also purchase a replacement certificate.
In addition to obtaining a duplicate registration certificate once this DMV credential sustains damages or disappears from your possession, you must order replacement plates and/or emblems when necessary. While the steps you must take to replace your DMV credentials will vary depending on the county in which you live, you can typically submit your request in person or by mail.
To learn more about how to replace your registration card, emblem and/or license plates, review the information below.
Replacing a Defective or Lost Registration in Hawaii
To purchase a replacement car registration after your original credential disappears from your possession or becomes unreadable, you must first obtain an official application from your county’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Once you obtain a copy of this official application, complete the form by providing the following information:
- Name, address and signature
- Plate number
- Vehicle identification number (VIN)
You may need other documents and details in order to request your replacement registration.
After completing the duplicate car registration application, submit it to your local DMV office along with payment for the required fee. Refer to the following sections to learn more about the different submission methods that may be available to you.
To replace your registration credentials in person, visit a DMV office in the county where you live. During your office visit, submit your completed application and payment for the required fee.
To purchase an auto registration replacement by mail rather than in person, forward your request to the address noted on your DMV application.
Can you print your car registration online in Hawaii?
To replace your car registration in the county where you live, you must submit your request in person or by mail. You cannot order a replacement credential online at this time.
Obtaining a Hawaii DMV Copy of Registration Plates or Emblems
To purchase a copy of your registration plates and/or emblems, you must obtain an official application from your county DMV office. Then, mail or bring the following documents to your local Department of Motor Vehicles:
- A completed application for replacement plates and/or emblems
- Your vehicle’s current registration certificate
- Any existing license plates, if possible
Depending on the county in which you live, you may need to submit a valid inspection certificate as well.
Check out more information about replacing vehicle registration in our free guide.