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How to Replace a Car Registration in Arizona

The Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) can issue an Arizona duplicate car registration to drivers with lost, stolen or mutilated credentials. If you find yourself in a situation where you have a stolen or lost car registration or license plates, make sure to request duplicates in order to avoid paying certain fines. You can complete the replacement procedure online, in person at a local MVD office or at an authorized third-party branch. Before heading to a regional MVD office or to a third-party branch to replace auto registrations, you may wish to file a report with local law enforcement agency.

The Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) can issue an Arizona duplicate car registration to drivers with lost, stolen or mutilated credentials. If you find yourself in a situation where you have a stolen or lost car registration or license plates, make sure to request duplicates in order to avoid paying certain fines. You can complete the replacement procedure online, in person at a local MVD office or at an authorized third-party branch. Before heading to a regional MVD office or to a third-party branch to replace auto registrations, you may wish to file a report with local law enforcement agency.

Filing a Police Report Before Replacing Car Registrations in Arizona

Facing a lost or stolen car registration in Arizona may make you a victim of identity fraud. For that reason, make sure that as soon as you notice that you have a lost auto registration, file a report with your local or county law enforcement agency. Even if you are not aware who might have stolen your car registration, you are still encouraged to file a report with the police and provide the needed information about the time period when your credential was lost or stolen. Contact the MVD and request an AZ vehicle registration replacement, once you file the report.

Applying for Car Registration Replacements in Arizona

Apply for a duplicate car registration in Arizona when your credential is stolen, lost or mutilated. The process of replacing vehicle registrations can be completed online through the MVD website, in person at a regional MVD location or at an authorized third-party branch.

The online duplicate vehicle registration service requires drivers to make sure that their mailing address on file is correct because the new credential will be sent to that address. If the address is incorrect, the service offers you a chance to update your current address before beginning the procedure. Additionally, users must prepare your license plate number, the last two digits of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and your driver’s license number. You are also expected to pay the applicable AZ car registration replacement fees by using a valid credit, check or debit card. The final step of the online replacement procedure is optional and it allows you to give feedback for the service. When using the online system, motorists may print their copies of car registrations using their home printers. If you are unsure how to do that, the website provides you with the necessary guidelines.

Drivers can also obtain AZ duplicate car registrations by visiting a nearby county MVD branch or an authorized third-party office. When visiting in person, the MVD officials will require you to provide a photo identification and a payment for the applicable fees. You will get your copy of car registration once you complete the procedure.

Replacing Car Registration License Plates Tabs in Arizona

When replacing auto registrations in Arizona, drivers may be required to replace their tabs and/or license plates too. Tabs are stickers that must be affixed on your license plates that indicate the month or year of expiry. Drivers are not allowed to operate their motor vehicles when their tabs or license plates are lost, mutilated or stolen. For that reason, the state Department of Transportation (DOT) offers not only a car registration replacement service, but also a Tab Replacement Service available on their official website.

Drivers utilizing the online tab replacement process must provide the following:

  • Vehicle and customer information.
  • License plate number and the last two digits of your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Tab replacement fee.

Once you finish the online tab replacement procedure, you will receive a combined tab that includes both the month and the year of the original date of expiry — getting a replacement tab does not change your auto registration expiration date.

Drivers who apply for car registration replacements in Arizona may replace their license plates as well. You must complete the plate replacement process in person at a local MVD office or at an authorized third-party branch. You will be required to pay the applicable fees and provide an identification form along with the license plate number or the VIN number. The replacement procedure for license plates may also be completed by mailing a plate application and payment for the fee to the MVD.