Replace Registration in California

If your California car registration has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you'll need to get it replaced immediately. We offer links to resources that will save you time and get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

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2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.




Replacing Your California Car Registration

Losing your registration can be a pain, but if you live in California it is easily fixable. You can apply for a duplicate registration in person at any DMV office, online, or by mail. 

To replace your registration online you will need to visit http://dmv.ca.gov/portal/home/dmv.htm. Make sure to have available your license plate number (and the co-owner's if applicable) and other personal information such as Social Security number and your date of birth as well as a MasterCard or Visa credit or debit card to pay the relevant fees.

If you would rather renew your California vehicle registration by mail, visit www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/reg/reg156.pdf to download the necessary form. Have the following information on hand to make the application process easy:

  • The owner’s (and the co-owner’s if applicable) name
  • Address
  • License plate number
  • Vehicle’s VIN number
  • Lienholder’s information if vehicle is financed

In California, you can also head into your local DMV office to apply for a duplicate registration certificate. You will be asked to provide the owner’s (and the co-owner's if applicable) name, address, license plate number, the vehicle’s VIN number, and lienholder’s information (if vehicle is financed). For a list of DMV offices, visit http://dmv.ca.gov/portal/home/dmv.htm.