About Replacing Your Car Registration in Montana
You must replace a stolen or lost car registration in Montana if your original credential disappears from your possession at any time. You must also obtain duplicate registration credentials if your original registration is damaged, destroyed or unreadable. By law, you must purchase a replacement credential as soon as your original document becomes unreadable or goes missing.
To learn more about these requirements and how to order a replacement registration for your vehicle, review the information below.
Replacing a Defective or Lost Vehicle Registration in Montana
To replace car registration certificates after these important items become damaged or lost, visit your local county treasurer’s office to submit your request in person. During your office visit, provide payment for the application fee and any other required information, such as proof of vehicle ownership.
While specific duplicate car registration requirements may vary depending on your county, you will typically need to provide the following:
- The vehicle identification number (VIN)
- The vehicle’s existing registration card (unless it was lost or stolen)
- Your Montana driver’s license
To learn more about other required documents and the MT auto registration replacement process, find more information here.
Can you print your car registration online in Montana?
In some cases, you can get a copy of your registration online by reprinting your current registration receipt. However, you must be able to provide a vehicle number or VIN. If you cannot provide this information, visit your local county treasurer’s office to submit your request in person.
Getting a Montana DMV Copy of Registration Plates or Decals
To replace lost registration plates and/or decals, visit your local county treasurer’s office to submit your request in person. During your office visit, you must file a sworn declaration and provide payment for the replacement license plate and/or decal.
If ordering a replacement car registration after yours is stolen, you may choose to file a police report with a local law enforcement agency. After filing a police report, visit your County Treasurer’s office to purchase a replacement license plate.