CA California DMV Registration Card & Sticker Replacement

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Order Includes: New registration card, license plate year tag, replacement month sticker, and instant digital download (e-Card).


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Instant Registration Card
Download a digital copy of your new CA DMV registration card instantly. You can print out your e-Card or display it on your mobile device anytime.
Expedited DMV Processing
Get DMV tags as fast as next day with API driven technology. Our proprietary platform is built to expedite the processing of your vehicle's registration.
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No smog? No insurance? Not a problem. Avoid late fees and long DMV lines. Our system will accept your payment and post your registration fees anytime.
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Recently moved? Just let us know your new address. We ensure you get your sticker & registration card, guaranteed! We ship anywhere in the U.S.
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DMV Registration Card or Sticker Replacement

Skip DMV lines! Replace your California vehicle registration online with NeedTags. Get instant replacement, free e-Card download, and stickers next-day. This is by far the fastest and easiest way to replace your vehicle registration, stickers, and tags, online... from your phone, computer or mobile device.
Replacing a lost registration card or sticker can be a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be. With a few simple steps, you can quickly replace your vehicle registration and tags and get back on the road. First contact your local DMV office. You will need to fill out a form (REG 156) requesting a replacement registration and sticker. You will also need to provide proof of identification, such as your driver's license. It's important to make sure that all your information is accurate and up-to-date. Once the form is submitted, you will need to pay a fee for the replacement card and sticker.

After the form and payment are processed, the DMV will mail you a new registration card and sticker. You may be able to pick up the card and sticker in person. Replacing a lost registration and sticker doesn't have to be a hassle. By following the steps outlined below, you can replace your lost, stolen, or destroyed vehicle registration card and/or sticker faster and get back on the road in no time.

How do I replace my DMV sticker or registration card online?

Getting a replacement registration sticker or card online is fast and easy, without any lengthy forms to fill out. With our online registration replacement system, you can order and receive new registration and tags as fast as tomorrow. You'll also get a free digital copy of your registration instantly. All you need is your vehicle's license plate number and last three digits of the VIN to get started. We'll fill-out and file the REG 156 for you and complete your replacement order in minutes. If the original registration card or sticker is found it will no longer be valid and should be destroyed or returned to the DMV.

How do I replace my registration and DMV sticker in-person?

Replace your lost vehicle registration card, sticker or tags at a DMV branch office in-person, or faster online through NeedTags with next-day shipping. For in-person service visit your local DMV office. You may choose to make an appointment to save time. Ensure to have with you:
  • A completed REG 156. This form is required to replace lost registration, and can be used to apply for replacement registration sticker or card.
  • Payment for the $25.00 replacement fee. The $25.00 fees includes both a replacement registration card and replacement sticker.

How do I replace my DMV sticker or registration card by mail?

To replace your registration or sticker by mail, download and complete the REG 156 (Application for Replacement Plates, Stickers, and Documents). Mail the REG 156, along with your damaged or remaining license plate (if ordering replacement license plates) and $25.00 payment to: Department of Motor Vehicles Registration Operations P.O. Box 942869 Sacramento, California 94269-0001. Allow 3 to 4 weeks for processing and delivery.

My registration is not expired but my sticker is missing. Can I get pulled over?

Yes. Driving with a missing, lost or stolen registration sticker or tag is a violation of CVC 5204(a). CVC 5204(a) states a vehicle license plate must have two tabs affixed which indicate the year of expiration and the month of expiration for the last preceding registration year in which license plates were issued. If your tags or registration stickers were stolen or are missing it will be probable cause for an officer to stop you and investigate further. Providing proof of current registration may allow the officer to be more lenient but will not correct a 5204(a) CVC violation. When you notice your vehicle registration sticker is missing, you should order a replacement as soon as possible. The same applies to license plates.

How can I replace the month sticker on my license plate?

Yes. Your replacement registration order will include a new month sticker. Perhaps your month sticker got stolen, or maybe it's just faded and ruins your vehicle's appearance. After all, we get new year tags annually. The month sticker stays on the license plate for life. We'll help you get it looking brand new again. Simply follow place a registration replacement order and along with your new registration card and sticker, you'll receive a new license plate month sticker as well. In case you're not sure which month sticker was affixed to your license plate, no need to worry. When you enter your vehicle's information into our system, we'll look up DMV records and ensure the correct month sticker is issued to you.

I lost my registration card. Can I get a ticket for not having one?

Yes. Not having a valid registration card in your vehicle while it is being operated or attended is a violation of CVC 4454(a). CVC 4454(a) states every owner, upon receipt of a registration card, shall maintain the same or a facsimile copy thereof with the vehicle for which issued. The section exempts vehicle owners from a violation if the registration card is removed from the vehicle due to registration renewal or transfer of ownership. Short of either of these two scenarios, you may be cited for not having a registration card in your vehicle. California Vehicle Code 4462 VC requires drivers to show police proof of registration upon request. Anyone who displays false or invalid proof of registration faces misdemeanor charges, including up to 6 months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines.

How much will it cost to replace my lost registration card or sticker?

The DMV collects a fee for replacement item services. The DMV fees for replacement stickers, certificate of title, registration card, and license plate are as follows:

  • $25.00 - Certificate of Title (Pink Slip)
  • $25.00 - License Plates (Set of two)
  • $25.00 - Registration Card
  • $25.00 - Clean Air Vehicle Sticker
  • $25.00 - Registration Sticker (Year and Month)
  • FREE    - Registration Card Digital Download (when replacement order placed through NeedTags)

How long does it take to receive my replacement items?

If you choose to replace your lost registration card or lost registration sticker through the DMV by mail, it can take up to 4 weeks to receive your replacement registration sticker and card. In person is obviously much faster since you'll get your replacement on the spot, but it'll require a DMV visit. If you're replacing your registration card and sticker through NeedTags, depending on the shipping option you choose, you may receive your replacement registration card, registration stickers, and license plates as soon as next-day. Certificate of Title are issued by the DMV in Sacramento and can take up to 6 weeks. For immediate proof of registration, NeedTags offers a complimentary e-Card along with your replacement registration card purchase. An e-Card is a digital copy of your registration (proof of registration) which you can print or display on your mobile device anytime.