About Replacing a Car Registration in New York
You must replace a lost car registration in New York if your original credential goes missing or you believe that another individual has stolen the item from your vehicle. If your registration card or sticker sustains significant damage, you must also order a replacement.
Replacing a lost vehicle registration in NY is simple, as the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) allows you to submit your request online, in person or by mail. To submit an online request, however, you must meet certain requirements.
If you cannot apply for a duplicate registration credential online, you must submit your request in person or by mail. Learn more about the registration replacement requirements and the steps you must take to submit your request in the sections below.
Replacing a Lost Registration in New York
To replace car registration credentials, you can submit a request in one of three ways: online, in person or by mail.
Online requests are typically the quickest and most convenient, but you may choose to apply in person or by mail if you prefer.
If your vehicle was built prior to model year 1973, however, you cannot replace your registration credentials online. Additionally, you cannot apply online if your vehicle’s registration credentials are expired or suspended, or if your registration materials were stolen or vandalized.
Note: If you lose or damage your registration within days or weeks leading up to its expiration date, it may be possible to complete the registration renewal process instead of obtaining the duplicate.
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You may wonder, “Can you print your car registration online in NY?” In New York, you may obtain a copy of registration credentials online on the DMV’s website if you can provide several important pieces of information about your registered car, truck, minivan or SUV.
This information includes the following:
- Your vehicle’s license plate number
- Your registration class
- Your ZIP code and address
Visiting your local DMV office is another method to obtain replacement car registration materials. As part of your request, you must submit a completed application, payment for the applicable fee and proof of your identity.
When completing your New York auto registration replacement application, you must be able to provide your vehicle’s license plate number along with the name, birth date and driver’s license number of each automobile owner. You must also provide a mailing and residential address.
To get a DMV copy of your registration materials by mail, you must submit the following documents to the DMV:
- A completed application for a duplicate credential
- A photocopy of your driver’s license or another acceptable proof of photo ID
- A check or money order as payment for the applicable fee
Replacing Lost New York Car Registration Plates
To obtain duplicate car registration license plates, you may need to first notify the police and file a police report. You must notify officials if all of your vehicle’s license plates are missing, such as both plates on cars or a single motorcycle plate. You may also avoid a paying a fee if you submit a report with the police.
Then, you must submit a copy of the police report, a completed application for replacement plates, proof of identity and evidence of a current automobile insurance policy when requesting a duplicate license plate through the DMV.
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