Replacement Registration/Sticker

How do I replace my DMV sticker or registration card online?

Replacing your DMV sticker or registration card online is a straightforward process with Zaks Auto Registration. Visit Zaks Auto Registration’s online registration replacement system, where you can order and receive new registration and tags as fast as the next day. All you need is your vehicle’s license plate number and the last three digits of the VIN to get started. Zaks Auto Registration will handle the completion of the REG 156 form for you and process your replacement order within minutes. As a bonus, you’ll also receive a free digital copy of your registration instantly. Note that the original registration card or sticker becomes invalid once the replacement process is initiated.

How do I replace my registration and DMV sticker in-person?

For an in-person replacement of your registration and DMV sticker, you have the option of visiting your local DMV office or using Zaks Auto Registration with next-day shipping. To save time during an in-person visit, ensure you have a completed REG 156 form and payment of $27.00 for the replacement fee, covering both the registration card and sticker. You may also choose to make an appointment at the DMV.

How do I replace my DMV sticker or registration card by mail?

To replace your DMV sticker or registration card by mail, download and complete the REG 156 form. Mail the completed form, along with your damaged or remaining license plate (if ordering replacement plates), and a $25.00 payment to the Department of Motor Vehicles Registration Operations in Sacramento, California (P.O. Box 942869, Sacramento, CA 94269-0001). Be patient, as it can take 3 to 4 weeks for processing and delivery through the mail.

My registration is not expired, but my sticker is missing. Can I get pulled over?

Yes, driving with a missing, lost, or stolen registration sticker is a violation of CVC 5204(a). According to CVC 5204(a), a vehicle license plate must have two tabs affixed, indicating the year and month of expiration for the last preceding registration year. If your tags or registration stickers are missing, it could be probable cause for an officer to stop you and investigate further. While providing proof of current registration may help, it won’t correct a CVC 5204(a) violation. Therefore, it’s crucial to order a replacement as soon as possible to avoid potential issues.

How can I replace the month sticker on my license plate?

When you replace your registration through Zaks Auto Registration, the order automatically includes a new month sticker for your license plate. Whether your month sticker was stolen or faded, Zaks Auto Registration ensures you receive a fresh one along with your new registration card and sticker. Simply follow the registration replacement process online, and the correct month sticker will be issued based on DMV records.

I lost my registration card. Can I get a ticket for not having one?

Yes, not having a valid registration card in your vehicle while it is being operated or attended is a violation of CVC 4454(a). CVC 4454(a) states that every vehicle owner, upon receipt of a registration card, shall maintain the same or a facsimile copy thereof with the vehicle. There’s an exemption for removing the registration card due to renewal or transfer of ownership. If you don’t fall into either of these scenarios, you may be cited for not having a registration card in your vehicle. Additionally, California Vehicle Code 4462 VC requires drivers to show proof of registration upon request by law enforcement. Displaying false or invalid proof of registration can lead to misdemeanor charges, including potential jail time and fines up to $1,000. Therefore, it’s essential to order a replacement registration card promptly.

How much will it cost to replace my lost registration card or sticker?

The cost to replace a lost registration card or sticker through the DMV is $27.00. This fee covers replacement items such as the registration card, license plates (set of two), or registration sticker. Keep in mind that this fee is applicable for each item you need to replace.

How long does it take to receive my replacement items?

If you choose to replace your lost registration card or sticker through the DMV by mail, expect it to take up to 4 weeks for processing and delivery. In-person replacement is immediate, but it requires a visit to the DMV. However, when using Zaks Auto Registration, depending on the shipping option you choose, you may receive your replacement registration card, registration stickers, and license plates as soon as the next day. Note that Certificate of Title, issued by the DMV in Sacramento, may take up to 6 weeks. For immediate proof of registration, Zaks Auto Registration offers a complimentary e-Card along with your replacement registration card purchase, which you can print or display on your mobile device anytime

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

Answer: To obtain a replacement for your license plate, registration stickers, or registration card, you will need the following documents:

  1. REG 156 Form:
    • The application for replacement plates, stickers, and documents. This form is essential for initiating the replacement process.
  2. DMV 14 Form:
    • The Notice of Change of Address Form. This form is required if you need an updated address on your registration card.
  3. REG 17 Form (Specialty Plates Only):
    • If you have specialty plates, the REG 17 form is necessary for the replacement process. Specialty plates are custom plates and have a different replacement procedure.
  4. Police Report (For Stolen License Plates Only):
    • If your license plate was stolen, you must report the incident to your local law enforcement agency and submit the REG 156 form along with the police report.
  5. Proof of Insurance:
    • It may be necessary to have proof of insurance handy when obtaining your replacement inventory.

Other things you need to know about getting your new plates

  • Different Plate Number:
    • The new plates you receive will NOT have the same plate number as the ones being replaced.
  • Proof of Insurance:
    • It’s advisable to have proof of insurance ready when obtaining replacement inventory.
  • Processing Time:
    • If you request your plates online through the DMV website, it may take weeks to receive your new inventory.
  • Updating Contact Information:
    • Ensure that your contact information is up to date on your registration before leaving the DMV.
  • Automatic Issuance of Stickers and Registration Card:
    • When you request new plates, you will automatically receive a new set of stickers and a new registration card. There is no additional fee for these additional items.
  • Mail Requests:
    • If you opt for mail requests, using a money order for payment is advisable.

These considerations provide important information and steps to be aware of when obtaining replacement license plates, registration stickers, or registration cards. Following these guidelines will help ensure a smooth process for receiving your new inventory.

No, online replacement services are typically available for vehicles with active and current registrations. If your vehicle’s registration is suspended or has pending issues, you may need to address those concerns first before initiating the replacement process.

In-person visits to the DMV for replacement items are generally processed immediately. While online orders may offer expedited shipping options, DMV visits can provide immediate replacements upon completion of the necessary paperwork and payment.

The online replacement system often allows for the replacement of lost or stolen license plates. However, it’s crucial to report stolen license plates to law enforcement before initiating the replacement process

Updating your address on the replacement registration card may require an in-person visit to the DMV. Ensure you have a completed DMV 14 form, the Notice of Change of Address form, if an address update is needed.

The REG 156 form is generally used to replace both lost registration cards and damaged registration stickers. You can include multiple replacement items on the same form, streamlining the process.

Online orders often allow for the replacement of multiple items for a single vehicle. However, if you have multiple vehicles with replacement needs, you may need to initiate separate orders for each vehicle.

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