How can I get a replacement DMV sticker or registration card in person?
Replacing your vehicle's registration card, sticker, tag or license plate can be done at a DMV branch office in-person. In order to do so 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 for replacement of license plates, stickers and registration card.
- If you are replacing license plates, take with you your damaged plate, or in the case of a single missing plate, take the plate which you currently are in possession of. The DMV must issue two new license plates. They can not replace a single plate by itself.
- Payment for the $20 replacement fee. The $20 dollar fees applies separately to replacement registration card and sticker, and replacement license plates.
How can I get a replacement DMV sticker or registration card by mail?
To replace your registration card 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 apply for replacement license plates) and $20 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.
How can I get a replacement DMV sticker or registration card online?
Getting a replacement registration card or registration sticker online is fast and easy. With our online registration replacement system, you can order and receive new registration cards and stickers as fast as tomorrow. You'll also get a free digital copy of your registration card instantly. All you need is your vehicle's license plate number and last three digits of the VIN to get started. We'll 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.
My license plate was lost or stolen. How can I get a replacement?
If your vehicle's license plate(s) were lost or stolen you must apply for duplicate plates immediately. Driving a vehicle without license plates (front and back) is a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 5200(a). The requirements for ordering replacement license plates are:
- You must be the registered owner of the vehicle
- Your current address must be the same as the address on file with the CA DMV
- If you have one license plate remaining, you must surrender it to the DMV by mail or in person
The DMV does not allow ordering replacement license plates online due to vehicle ownership verification and security reasons. Contact NeedTags.com® at (800) 300-7311 in order to start the replacement license plate process. After verifying your ownership we can ship out replacement license plates as fast as next-day. If the original license plate(s) is found it will no longer be valid and must be returned to the DMV by mail or in-person.
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.
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.
What are the fees for ordering replacement license plates, title, stickers, or registration card?
The California DMV collects a fee for replacement item services. The fees for replacement stickers, certificate of title, registration card, and license plate are as follows:
- $20.00 - Certificate of Title (Pink Slip)
- $20.00 - License Plates (Set of two)
- $20.00 - Registration Card
- $22.00 - Clean Air Vehicle Sticker
- $20.00 - Registration Sticker (Year and Month)
- FREE - e-Copy (requires replacement purchase through NeedTags.com)
How long does it take to receive my replacement items?
If requesting replacement registration through the DMV by mail, it may take up to 4 weeks to receive your new registration card and sticker. 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 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 which you can print or display on your mobile device anytime.