If you have lost your registration in Arizona and need to get a replacement, follow the simple steps outlined below. The good news is the process is fairly simple.

Lost, Stolen, or Damaged, Registrations are Replaceable

If any of your registration documents have been lost, stolen, or damaged, it is imperative to contact the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division as soon as possible. You can make a report either in person or online.

Keep in mind your registration papers must be in your car at all times, so you will need to apply for a replacement right away. If you are pulled over by a law enforcement officer, you may face fines and/or penalties for not having your registration (in addition to the violation which caused you to be pulled over).

If you are driving without license plates or current registration tabs, it is only a matter of time before you are pulled over and issued a ticket.

In addition, if a law enforcement officer requests to see your registration papers and they are damaged beyond the point of recognition, you may still be issued the same penalties and/or fines if you did not have the papers at all.

Having your vehicle's registration is also a necessity in applying for registration loans. It's important for many reasons that this document is in your possession at all times.

How to Replace an AZ Vehicle Registration

For your convenience, you can request a replacement of your AZ vehicle registration either online or in person. In order to request a duplicate in person, you will need to locate the nearest Arizona MVD office or authorized third-party office, fill out the appropriate paperwork, and present a valid photo ID.

If you prefer to apply for a replacement registration online, visit the Arizona MVD website and locate the "online services" section. In order to complete the transaction, you will need to provide the following:

  • Your vehicle's identification number (VIN)
  • Your license plate number
  • Your driver's license number
  • A credit card to pay the $5 replacement fee

After you have completed the process online, be sure to print your replacement registration receipt and keep it in your vehicle.

Your replacement licenses plate tabs, as well as a new registration certificate will be mailed to you. Make sure the address on file with the Arizona MVD is accurate, because it will be used to mail your documents. If the address is incorrect, you can request a change of address from the MVD website.

If you need to reprint your duplicate vehicle registration, your transaction can be obtained online up to 14 days from the date of your submission.

In addition to applying for replacements, if you believe your registration or license plate tabs have been stolen, contact the local authorities as soon as possible and report the incident.

If you have further questions, consult the Arizona MVD website or inquire in person at your nearest MVD location.