Having to replace a lost or stolen vehicle registration may appear to be an arduous task, simply because the importance of the said document is incomparable. Whether it’s just damaged beyond recognition, or just simply missing, the idea that you’ll have to replace a vehicle’s registration surely is stressful. Thankfully though, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) provides drivers with three different options for this specific replacement.
Arguably, The most convenient way to replace a stolen or lost vehicle registration may be to hop over to the Louisiana OMV website and complete their online duplicate registration request form. For this replacement, as well as the other two options, you’ll need to provide the OMV with several forms of documentation to prove your ownership of the vehicle. This information includes your name and address as they appear on the registration form, as well as a description of the said vehicle and the vehicle’s vehicle identification number (VIN). Naturally, you’ll also be expected to provide them with the vehicle’s current license plate number.
Surely you’ll be able to muster the required information to retrieve the replacement, but what if you don’t have internet access? Not to worry, the OMV also offers a mail-in option. All you’ll have to do is write down all the required information from above, alongside proof of insurance on the vehicle and the vehicle’s make and model. Once you’ve got all that prepared, simply mail it to their address at the Office of Motor Vehicles, P.O. Box 54886, Baton Rouge, LA 70896.
Having covered both of those, the final option is arguably the most straightforward of the three. Simply gather all the required documentation above and appear in person at your local OMV. Naturally, there will be fees for this specific replacement which normally total to $12. Note though, some locations may require an additional service charge. The Louisiana OMV offers four different payment methods which include cash, check, money order and a cashier’s check. Obviously, you’re only able to pay with cash if you appear in person, and when paying with a check, be sure to provide your driver’s license number. When paying online, you’re also able to pay by credit or debit card.
Having your vehicle registration stolen can be terrifying, as that document is used specifically to prove that you’re the legal owner of said vehicle. If you’ve got any reason to believe that someone’s stole your vehicle’s registration, license plates, or even registration stickers, be sure to file a police report with your local law enforcement. After having done that, proceed to one of the steps stated above to acquire a replacement of the stolen documentation.
After having reviewed the steps needed to obtain a vehicle registration replacement, I’m certain you’ll find that it’s a surprisingly easy process. Every situation varies, but thankfully, the OMV’s setup for this makes it so the replacement is as easy as possible. Be sure to contact your local Louisiana OMV if you have any further questions or concerns.