How to Replace Your Car Registration in South Dakota
Discovering a damaged or lost car registration in South Dakota can be a problem since drivers are required to carry a current registration card whenever they are operating their vehicles in the state. You must replace any lost vehicle registration materials quickly, including registration cards, tags and decals. If you do not, a law enforcement officer may issue a citation for driving without proper credentials.
Getting a duplicate registration in SD involves providing specific information about your vehicle, including the vehicle identification number (VIN). Read on to learn more about how to replace a lost registration in ND and whether you must file a police report for stolen credentials.
How to Replace Lost Car Registration in South Dakota
Motorists often ask, “Can you print your car registration online through the MySDcars website?” At this time, the only online service South Dakota offers is registration renewal. This means that you need to order replacement car registration cards in person. If you are missing license plates or validation stickers, you can order those in person or by mail.
When requesting auto registration replacement, you must provide the following:
- License plate number
- Vehicle identification number (VIN)
- Payment for a new copy of registration cards, tags or decals
You may also need to provide other pieces of information depending on your circumstances (find out more here).
If you need duplicate car registration materials because yours were lost in the mail, you must complete a different application. Be sure to include payment for replacement fees when you submit your application to the SD DOR.
Should I file a police report for a stolen copy of registration?
South Dakota is one of the few states that requires you to report stolen or lost registration license plates or validation stickers. However, you are not required to report a missing copy of registration card unless you wish to do so.
Before submitting your replacement form, you must have a law enforcement officer sign and complete the “Lost or Stolen License Plates” section. Having a police report is helpful because it provides protection in case your old registration documents are used fraudulently before your DMV copy of registration arrives.