Replace a registration
Before You Start
You will need
- your registration number
- your registration class
How do I replace my registration documents?
You can replace your vehicle registration document and windshield sticker online, by mail, or at a DMV office. The fee is $3.00, unless you are also replacing plates, or your documents were lost, stolen or destroyed. 1
If replace your registration online or by mail, allow 2 weeks for your new documents to arrive by mail.
Can I replace my registration documents online?
You can replace the documents for most vehicles online. You can’t replace registration documents online for
- vehicles older than model year 1973
- boats, snowmobiles or All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
- vehicles with an expired, surrendered, suspended or revoked registration
- motorcycles, or other vehicles with plate stickers
- transporter vehicles
- vehicles registered through DMV's International Registration Bureau
What do I need to replace my registration document online?
You will need
- your vehicle plate number or registration number
- your registration class what is this?
- the ZIP Code for the address on your registration record
- a credit or debit card for payment
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You can also replace your registration document online through My Registrations and Paperless Reminders, and check your registration information at the same time.
Can I renew online if I need to change my address?
Your mailing address on DMV files must be current. You cannot change your address during the transaction. You can first change your address online and then renew.
Note: If you file a request with the US Postal Service (USPS) to forward mail there, is no guarantee that the USPS will forward all DMV documents to the new address.
Can I renew online if I my name changed?
Yes, but the new document will then display your previous name. You cannot change your name during this transaction. If you recently changed your name, read the instructions to change your name or other information on a registration or title.
My registration documents and/or plates were lost in a crime. How can I replace them?
If you need to replace vehicle plates or documents that were lost in a crime, you must apply by mail or at a DMV office. See lost or stolen plates for more information.
Can I replace my documents by mail?
Yes. Read the Instructions for Vehicle Registration/Title Application (MV-82.1). You will need to send these items to the DMV
- a completed Application for Registration / Title (MV-82)
- a photocopy of your NYS Driver License, Non-Driver ID, or other proof of identity (see Proofs of Identity for Registration and Title (ID-82))
- a check or money order for applicable fees payable to the ‘Commissioner of Motor Vehicles’
If your address changed, write your new address on the application. You can’t update your name by mail.
Can I replace my documents at a DMV office?
- 1. See special instructions to
- replace plates that were lost, stolen or destroyed
- order new Empire Gold plates
- order personalized or custom plates
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