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How to Replace a Car Registration in North Carolina

To replace a lost car registration in North Carolina, motorists must complete an application, pay the applicable fee and submit proof of liability insurance. In most cases, drivers can replace car registration materials in person at a local branch of the Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) or online through the division’s website. However, residents may obtain a copy of car registration plates or decals by mail if they are outside of the state for any reason. To learn more about obtaining a North Carolina DMV registration copy of certificates, license plates and/or expiration stickers, review the information below.

When to Obtain a Duplicate Car Registration in North Carolina

Motorists must replace car registration in North Carolina as soon as possible after they lose or misplace their vehicle’s license plates, year stickers or certificate of registration. Additionally, drivers must obtain a copy of car registration documents if their current credentials sustain damages, mutilations or become illegible. If a license plate or registration card is illegible, vehicle owners may receive a citation if a police officer pulls them over for any reason. Furthermore, residents must also obtain duplicate car registration materials if another driver steals their credentials for any reason. Before replacing car registration documents that have been stolen, however, residents must report the incident to the NCDMV’s License & Theft Bureau. Vehicle owners may order a copy of auto registration materials after they report the incident to the NCDMV’s License & Theft Bureau.

Do I need to report a lost North Carolina car registration to the police?

Before obtaining a DMV copy of registration materials, motorists do not need to report a lost or stolen credential to the police. However, motorists who need to replace a DMV lost registrationmust report the incident to the NCDMV’s License & Theft Bureau if they believe that their registration materials were stolen from them. Reporting a stolen or lost auto registration certificate to the License & Theft Bureau helps to protect motorists from identity theft, as registration materials contain a great deal of personal information about vehicle owners in the state. To report a lost North Carolina auto registration card to the License & Theft Bureau, applicants must complete an Official Complaint/Investigation Form (LT-220) and mail it to the following address:

NCDMV License & Theft Bureau
3131 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27697-3131

How to Replace Car Registration Online in North Carolina

Vehicle owners may order a replacement car registration online through the NCDMV’s website if their automobile is currently registered in the state of North Carolina. To obtain a duplicate car registration certificate, applicants must provide the last five characters of the vehicle’s title number as well as their automobile’s license plate number. When replacing NC auto registration materials online, applicants must also include a valid email address and credit card payment information. However, motorists cannotreplace auto registration decals and/or license plates online. To obtain a DMV copy of registration plates and/or stickers, motorists must submit a request in person or by mail.

How to Replace Car Registration in North Carolina in Person

In addition to replacing car registration online, drivers may order duplicate auto registration materials in person through an NCDMV Vehicle Registration office or License Plate Agency. When replacing lost car registration materials in person, applicants must submit payment in the form of cash, money order, personal check or credit card. As such, the NCDMV accepts MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit cards. To learn more about ordering a North Carolina DMV registration copy in person, review the sections below.

Replacing Car Registration Certificates

To obtain a copy of an NC car registration certificate in person, residents must visit an NCDMV Vehicle Registration office. When replacing auto registration certificates in person, citizens must complete an Application for Duplicate and/or Additional Registration Certificates (MVR-10) and pay the applicable replacement fee, depending on how many copies they wish to obtain. When completing the duplicate car registration application, residents must provide the following information:

  • The vehicle’s license plate and identification number (VIN)
  • The vehicle’s year, make, body style and series model
  • The vehicle’s title number
  • The total number of registration cards applicants wish to obtain
  • The full name, signature and address of the vehicle owner(s)

Replacing Auto Registration Decals or License Plates

To replace a DMV lost registration plate and/or decal, vehicle owners must visit a local License Plate Agency to complete the replacement process in person. When replacing car registration decals and/or plates, applicants must provide proof of automobile insurance and payment for all applicable replacement fees. Additionally, drivers who need to replace North Carolina vehicle registration plates or decals must complete an Application for Replacement Plate and/or Sticker. When completing the lost DMV registration application, claimants must provide the following information:

  • The vehicle’s year, make, body style, series model and identification number (VIN)
  • The full name, signature and address of the vehicle owner(s)
  • The applicant’s insurance company name and policy number
  • The total number of plates and/or stickers applicants wish to replace
  • A reason for the request

When obtaining duplicate car registration decals, applicants must submit their vehicle’s current credentials during the time of application. When obtaining a copy of car registration plates, for instance, applicants must submit their vehicle’s current license plate, unless it has been stolen from them. When replacing an NC car registration decal, applicants must submit the vehicle’s current stickers, if available.

How to Replace a North Carolina Car Registration by Mail

To obtain duplicate vehicle registration plates and/or stickers from out-of-state or while in the military, drivers may submit an Application for a Replacement Plate and/or Sticker (MVR-18) by mail. When requesting a copy of car registration materials by mail, applicants must enclose payment for the applicable fee, in addition to the current credential (if available). After the NCDMV receives the DMV copy of registration application, the division will issue and mail a replacement license plate and/or decal to the vehicle owner. As such, motorists may send North Carolina lost car registration applications to the following address:

NC Division of Motor Vehicles
3148 Mail Service Center
Raleigh North Carolina 27697-3148

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