About Replacing Car Registration in Massachusetts
Replacing a lost car registration in Massachusetts is an important process you must complete as soon as possible, since driving without a valid registration certificate is unlawful in the state. To order a replacement, you may submit your request online, in person or by phone.
Note: Before ordering a duplicate registration certificate, it is important that you update your address if you have recently moved from one part of the state to another.
In addition to replacing lost vehicle registration credentials as soon as possible, you must also order a duplicate car registration. You must also order a duplicate from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) if your registration certificate becomes damaged to the point that it is no longer legible.
To learn more about these requirements and the process to replace your RMV credentials, review the information below.
Replacing a Lost Registration in Massachusetts
To replace car registration documents after they become damaged or lost, you may place an order online, in person or by phone. If you wish to replace a license plate decal, however, you must visit an RMV Service Center to submit your request in person.
Additional information about these application methods is available in our free registration guide.
Many drivers ask, “Can you print your car registration online if you no longer have the original copy?”
As long as you can provide pieces of information about yourself and your vehicle, you may purchase a replacement certificate online. However, you must be able to provide your Massachusetts driver’s license number and vehicle registration number. If you cannot provide this information, you must submit your request in person or by phone.
To get a copy of registration credentials in person rather than online, you must visit an RMV Service Center. Members of the American Automobile Association (AAA) may also submit a request at an AAA location. Be sure to contact the office before heading in, as accepted payment methods vary throughout the state.
To request an MA auto registration replacement by phone, you must be able to provide your driver’s license or identification card number, as well as your vehicle’s registration number. If you can provide this information, you may call the RMV’s Contact Center to submit your request.
Can I get a duplicate car registration in Massachusetts if I lease my vehicle?
To get a DMV copy of registration credentials for a vehicle that you are leasing, you must visit a local RMV Service Center to submit your request in person. If you purchase your replacement car registration online or by phone, the RMV will send your duplicate certificate directly to the leasing dealer.
Replacing Lost Massachusetts Car Registration Plates
To purchase replacement car registration plates after you lose or damage your vehicle’s originals, you must be able to provide your license plate number and payment for the applicable fee. Additionally, you must be able to provide personal information about the vehicle’s registered owner.
If you are able to provide this information, you may submit your request in person at an RMV Service Center or by phone. If you misplaced your vehicle’s license plates or believe that they may have been stolen from you, however, you must request duplicate tags in person.
After submitting your application, you will receive a temporary license plates to use until your permanent credentials arrive in the mail.
Get more information on replacing your vehicle registration by downloading our free car registration guide.