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How to Replace a Car Registration in Utah

The process for replacing Utah lost car registration is simple and does not require any special forms or documentation. You must replace car registration materials as soon as possible after they are lost or stolen. The Utah Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires an applicant to only provide a small fee to complete this type of transaction. There are several methods for replacing car registration cards including in person and by mail. At this time, UT duplicate car registration cannot be obtained online. Learn how to replace car registration and the situations in which it is necessary, in the sections presented below.

How to Replace Car Registration Cards in Person

You can obtain a copy of car registration materials in one of two ways: in person or by mail. It is not possible to replace car registration online or by phone, though you can renew your car registration online as it approaches its expiration date.

The easiest way to get a DMV copy of registration is to visit an office location. There you can replace vehicle registration certificates or, if necessary, license plates or plate decals. You will have to pay a small fee, which varies depending on your vehicle type and whether you are replacing other items along with the registration.

Utah DMV lost registration can be replaced by providing payment of the replacement fees along with your car’s license plate number or vehicle identification number (VIN). You do not need either of these numbers if you have a copy of your previous car registration and simply want to duplicate it.

Your DMV registration copy fee will be different if you are replacing registration for an off-highway vehicle, and if you are purchasing a new set of plates and decals along with the registration.

Note: If you do not have an existing copy of your car registration, it is important to remember your license plate number or VIN. It is a good idea to write these numbers down somewhere or to take a picture of them with your smartphone so that you can readily provide this information when required. Also, you may want to schedule an appointment with your local DMV office in Utah ahead of time to avoid long lines.

How to Replace Car Registration in Utah by Mail

You can also replace lost car registration by mail. However, you may only complete this transaction via post under a very specific set of circumstances. Because of this, the in-person method may be the most convenient for obtaining duplicate registration.

To receive a duplicate car registration by mail, you must also be replacing a license plate, and you must have a copy of your previous registration available. Obtain a DMV copy of registration by writing out a request and sending it, along with applicable fees and a copy of your car’s current registration to the following address:

Division of Motor Vehicles
Mail and Correspondence
P.O. Box 30412
Salt Lake City, UT 84130

Note: If you are replacing car registration cards by mail, do not include cash. Furnish any applicable fees using a check or money order, payable to the Utah State Tax Commission.

When is it necessary to replace Utah car registration?

You must obtain a copy of your car registration if your car’s existing documents are lost, stolen, mutilated, illegible, or not up to date because your information has changed. According to state law, if your vehicle’s registration card is lost, stolen or damaged, you must immediately apply for a duplicate car registration, provide satisfactory information to the DMV regarding your own and your vehicle’s identification, and pay any applicable fees. Failure to replace UT car registration is illegal.

Utah car registration cards contain the following information:

  • The owner’s name
  • The date the card was issued
  • Information about the vehicle’s year, make, model, identification number and license plate number
  • The registration expiration date
  • The owner’s and lessee’s name (if leased for longer than 45 days)
  • The gross laden weight of the vehicle

You will need to apply for car registration replacement if any of the above information is out of date. Registration cards must also be signed by the owner, carried in the corresponding vehicle and ready to display to an officer if necessary. All information must be current.

If you do not have a card to present to an officer, you are committing an infraction. The only exception is if you are driving a rental car, in which case you may present your rental agreement in place of a registration card.

What to do If Your Utah Car Registration Is Stolen

If your car registration is stolen, it is imperative that you file a police report as soon as possible in addition to replacing your vehicle registration card, plates and/or decals at a DMV office. Online police report filing is available in many Utah counties and cities, including Sandy City and South Jordan. To report stolen or lost car registration that you believe may have been used illegally, you may also visit your local police station to file a police report.

If your vehicle was impounded after being reported stolen, contact a DMV office, present evidence that you own the vehicle and request a Letter of Impound Release, to be presented to the impound yard or towing company. If you do not claim your vehicle within 30 days, it may be sold at a public auction.

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