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Replacement Plate and Stickers

Need new license plates or stickers because they were lost, stolen, or damaged? Quick Auto Tags is here to help. As a licensed tag and title agency, we specialize in providing fast, reliable service for all your license plate and sticker needs. Get your replacements quickly and effortlessly, all for a nominal fee. Trust us to keep your vehicle legally compliant and on the road.

When to apply for replacement inventory?

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  • Lost or stolen plates
  • Motor vehicles must have two plates at all times – one plate is not sufficient
  • Lost or stolen vehicle registration (unfortunately there is personal information on your reg card)
  • Lost or stolen registration stickers
  • Mutilated or damaged plates
  • Stolen or lost OHV sticker
  • Stolen or lost Disabled Placard or ID card
  • Stolen or lost Vessel or Certificate of Number
  • Stolen or lost trailer plate

My license plate was stolen, what am i supposed to do?

If you’ve been the victim of stolen license plates you must report the incident to your local law enforcement agency. You must submit the REG 156 form along with the police report along with your application for replacement plates. Note, this only applies to a stolen plates, not a stolen sticker or a stolen registration. If you’re wondering why it is important to report your stolen plate it is so that law enforcement knows that it wasn’t you breaking the laws.

I have Specialty Plates, can i replace those?

When it comes to your specialty plate the process to replace those requires an additional form, and an additional wait. These custom plates are not made at the DMV office – they are made in Folsom State Prison. Please carefully review the REG17 form before you submit it. There are different scenarios for different people.

I need a new Vehicle Registration card with an updated address

If you need an updated address on your registration card the DMV will issue a new vehicle registration card with that address. In addition to the REG156 form you’ll need to submit the DMV 14 (change of address form).

What documents will i need to get my replacement license plate, registration stickers or registration card?

  • REG 156 – the application for replacement plates, stickers, documents
  • DMV 14 – Notice of Change of Address Form
  • REG 17 – Special interest license plate application (for personalized plates)
  • Police report – if your license plate was stolen – not required for registration stickers or registration card.

Make sure to have a completed application prior to requesting the new inventory.

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What is the fee to get a new plate, sticker or registration?

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  • Motor vehicles:
  • Standard license Plates: $25
  • Registration card: $25
  • Sticker: $25
  • For OHV:
  • New plate or sticker: $25
  • For Permanent trailers:
  • Registration card: $7
  • Substitute plate: $7
  • For Special Equipment
  • New plate: $25
  • New reg card: $25

A full list of fees are here: DMV Fee

Where can i get my replacement license plates, replacement registration, or replacement sticker?

  • DMV office
  • DMV Website
  • AAA
  • Private tag & title services

Other things you need to know about getting your new plates

  • The new plates you will get will NOT have the same plate number
  • You may need to provide proof of insurance handy to be able to get your inventory replaced
  • If you request your plates on the DMV website it may take weeks to receive your new inventory
  • You do not need to report your new plate to your insurance company
  • Make sure that your contact information is up to date on your registration – verify it before you leave the DMV.
  • When you request a new set of plates you will automatically get a new set of stickers and a new registration card – there is no additional fee for getting these 2 other items.
  • If you elect to do this by mail it is advisable that you send a money order.


What form do I need to complete for a replacement sticker or plate?

The DMV form required to apply for a new sticker, plate or registration card is called the REG 156 form.

Where do I apply for a new sticker, registration card or license plate?

There are 4 ways to get it done:

1 - Directly at a DMV field office
2 - AAA
3 - At a business partner's office
4 - Order online through our website

How much does it cost to get a new sticker, license plate or registration card?

The DMV charges $27.00 (this does not include our service fee)

Do I get an updated registration card, with my new sticker or plate?

When you get a new sticker or a new set of license plates you will also get an updated registration card that reflects the new sticker number or new set of plates.

My license plates were stolen, do I have to file a police report?

Yes - when you have a license plates stolen it is imperative to file a police report. This is not required when you lose your license plate.

Can you get in trouble for having someone else's registration sticker on your car while you're getting your own registration sticker at the DMV office in California?

The short answer is YES. Do NOT do this. You will get in trouble.

What vehicle code is violated?

(CVC) §4000a1 is the section of the California vehicle code that refers to registration of vehicles and certificates of title.

Can I drive my car while waiting for registration in California?

Yes. Although this is a violation and the police officer may still issue a ticket, this is fixable and the ticket is a "fix-it ticket", and will not show up on your record. Generally speaking, if proof can be shown that registration has been paid, you will not be issued a ticket.

How long does it take to get my registration sticker in the mail California?

If you order it from the DMV - it will take weeks. If you go in person to the DMV - you will get it instantly. If you order it online through us you will get it within 2 days. If you go into our office you will get it instantly.

What happens if y ou lose your California DMV renewal notice?

You will still be able to renew your tags, and you can use the registration card to be able to renew your tags. All of the relevant information is on the card.

Can I print my CA vehicle registration online?

Yes, however, it will not print out on DMV paper. It will print out on white paper only. Law enforcement will accept the card printed on white paper.

Do you need a front license plate in California.

Yes. Both front and back license plates must be displayed.

How long do I have after my tags expire in California?

This is a 2 part question:
As far as fees and penalties are concerned - penalties start to generate the day after the registration expires.
As far as law enforcment is concerned: there is a 0 grace period. You can get a ticket, especially if you can't prove you paid.

Do license plate stickers go on the front or back in California?

The decals for your standard automobile and smaller commercial vehicles go on the back.

Does California DMV send out renewal notices?

Yes they do. However, DO NOT rely on this, because although the DMV may have sent it, the USPS may not actually deliver it.

How much does it cost to replace stolen tags in California?


Is sticker proof of registration in California?

Yes. However, it must be accompanied by an actual registration card. The sticker is validation decal that visually tells law enforcement that tags were paid.

Can you get a new month sticker for license plate in California?

Yes & it is free.
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