Replace a Lost Car Registration in Wisconsin

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Lost your car registration papers or license plate stickers? Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. 

This page will go over the steps and options for replacing your car registration in Wisconsin.

We’ll let you know whether or not this can be completed online or if you need to visit your local DOT office. 

Remember, any time you’re dealing with a vehicle registration task with the DOT is a great time to compare car insurance rates to see if you can save some money. If you haven’t checked your rates lately, be sure to get your free car insurance quotes before you go! 

What do you do if you lost your car registration papers or license plate stickers?

If your car registration documents or license plate stickers are lost, stolen, or damaged, you’ll want to be sure to request a replacement as soon as possible. 

Just like you need to carry your driver’s license and proof of car insurance when you drive on public roads, you also need to carry proof of your valid car registration. This comes in the form of:

  • Current registration month/year stickers on your license plate.
  • Current registration papers that include your information, your vehicle information, and your registration details. 

Failing to provide proof of registration when you are stopped by a police officer can result in a traffic ticket. Driving without valid license plate stickers can get you pulled over as well.

When you request a replacement in person, you’ll typically be able to get a proof of registration receipt immediately. For items that need to be mailed to you, you can generally expect them to arrive within a couple of weeks. 

Continue reading to see how to get the duplicates you need as quickly as possible in Wisconsin.

Note, if it is almost time to renew your Wisconsin car registration, you may consider doing that instead. 

How to Replace Car Registration in Wisconsin

Your options for getting a duplicate car registration are:

  • By mail.
  • Online.

The form to replace your lost car registration can be found here: https://wisconsindot.gov/Documents/formdocs/mv2026.pdf 

To order a replacement, you’ll typically need the following:

  • Information of the registered owner or owners.
  • Vehicle information.
    • License plate number. 
    • Year, make, model.
    • VIN. 
  • Reason for requesting a replacement, which may include:
    • Lost. 
    • Stolen.
    • Damaged or mutilated. 
  • Payment for the replacement fee. 

Remember, if you’ve recently moved, you’ll want to be sure that your address is up-to-date with the Wisconsin DOT.

How much is a lost car registration in Wisconsin?

The cost to replace a registration is $2 plus a convenience fee. 

Can you replace a lost vehicle registration online in Wisconsin?

Yes, you can replace your registration certificate and stickers online. 

To get started, visit: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/online-srvcs/title-vehicle/emvpublicdefault.aspx 

For official information and resources on replacing a lost car registration, please visit the official Wisconsin DOT website at: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/online-srvcs/external/bds-landing.aspx.