Lost, stolen, or destroyed plates

My vehicle plates were lost, stolen or destroyed. What can I do?

You must surrender the vehicle registration to the DMV. 

If two vehicle plates are lost, stolen or destroyed (or one plate if the vehicle was issued only one plate, e.g. motorcycles), you need to notify the police, and ask the police to complete a police report.  Bring police report to a DMV office to surrender the vehicle registration.

  • if the plates were lost, stolen or destroyed in New York State,  ask a NY State police agency to complete a 'Certification of Lost License, Permit or Plates' (MV-78B) (this form is only available from law enforcement - it is not available on the DMV website)
  • if the plates were lost, stolen or destroyed outside of NY State, get a report printed on the letterhead of a police agency in the state where the incident happened

If the police agency refuses to give you a police report (form MV-78B), you must complete a Certification of Lost License, Permit or Plates (PDF) (MV-1441.3). The form must include the date you requested the police report and the police agency that denied your request.

If one plate (from a set of two plates) is lost, stolen or destroyed, you don’t need to complete a police report.  Bring the plate you have to your county's DMV office to surrender the registration.  However, if you would like to replace your plates without paying a fee, you must submit a police report or an MV-78B indicating the plate was stolen or destroyed as a result of a crime.

 

How can I get new plates?

You may request a new set of plates at a DMV office.  Bring these items with you:

Print this checklist

 

See location, instructions and reservation information for your DMV

 

The DMV will issue you a new registration and replacement plates. If the plate(s) were lost or destroyed, you will need to pay for the new plates, and a fee of $3.75 to issue a new registration. The fee for plates are

  • $25 for a set of 2 plates
  • $12.50 for a vehicle that is only issued one plate; e.g. motorcycles)

You don't need to pay a fee to replace stolen plates.  However, you will need to provide a police report or an MV-78B indicating that the plates were stolen or destroyed as a result of a crime.

 

What can I do if my vehicle was stolen?

See information about stolen and recovered vehicles.