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Order replacement vehicle registration (license) plates

You may request one or two replacement license plates at any time. The replacement plates will have the same plate number and be the same plate type as your current registration plates.
The RMV will manufacture and mail new registration plates to your address on record within 12 weeks of the request.

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What you need for Order replacement vehicle registration (license) plates

To replace your vehicle's registration plate with the SAME plate number, you will need your:

  • Vehicle registration number (license plate number)
  • Owner information
  • Vehicle information
  • Payment

If both plates were lost or stolen, you must get a new set of plates (with new number) from an RMV Service Center.

If one plate is missing or damaged, you can order a replacement plate with same number.

The RMV cannot replace green plates with the same number.  You can exchange for 2 new red plates for no fee by visiting an RMV Service Center.  You will need a signed and stamped application to swap plates (RMV-3 form).

Refer to the Plate Replacement Chart for specific details. 

 

Fees for Order replacement vehicle registration (license) plates

There is no fee to replace illegible plates. 

Name Fee Unit
License plate replacement fee for normal, specialty, vanity, or reserve plates $10 per plate

How to order Order replacement vehicle registration (license) plates

You can order most replacement plates by calling the RMV's Contact Center at 857-368-8000 (from the 339/617/781/857 area codes or from outside of MA) or 800-858-3926 (from all other MA area codes). Select the Registration Support option.

You will need your:

  • Vehicle registration number
  • Owner and vehicle information
  • Applicable fee

To order replacement vehicle registration plates, bring your registration number, vehicle owner information, and payment to an RMV Service Center.

You can pay with cash, check, credit/debit card, or money order. Since payment methods vary by location, check what’s accepted at the site you will be visiting.  

Next steps for Order replacement vehicle registration (license) plates

Temporary plates

The RMV will issue you a temporary plate permit to keep in your vehicle until the plates arrive. The replacement plates will be mailed to your address on record. 

You can use the temporary plate permit for an inspection if needed. 

If you have vanity or reserve plates and are replacing both of them, you'll need to turn in the temporary plates to get the replacements. 

If you lose your front registration plate, you must create a temporary registration plate displaying the plate number and attach it to the front of the vehicle. The temporary plate must also conform to the requirements for regular number plates.

If you lose your rear registration plate, you must attach the front registration plate to the rear of the vehicle and also request a replacement registration decal. You must also create a temporary registration plate displaying the plate number and attach it to the front of the vehicle.

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Replacement Decal

If you need a replacement decal (sticker) for your license plate, visit an RMV Service Center with your current registration.

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