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Restore Vehicle Registration

Reasons why your vehicle registration may be suspended and how to get your registration credentials back:

Registration suspended due to a lapse of insurance.

You need to provide acceptable proof of insurance within 30 days of the insurance cancellation date. If you had a lapse of insurance for 30 days or less and the vehicle was not driven during the 30 days or less lapse, you must also provide Form MV-221 (PDF), "Statement of Non-operation of Vehicle." If unable to provide the insurance and statement, you must return your registration plate and registration card to serve a 3-month suspension.

In lieu of serving a registration suspension, you have the option to pay a civil penalty. The optional civil penalty fee is $500. Additionally, you are required to pay a restoration fee. You may opt to pay the civil penalty in lieu of suspension no more than once in a 12-month period. Payment of the civil penalty, along with your restoration fee and proof of current insurance, will allow you to maintain registration on your vehicle without the requirement to serve a three month registration suspension. To use this option, visit PennDOT's Online Services by using the link for Restorations, followed by Pay Your Civil Penalty Fee in Lieu of FR Suspension. Complete the required steps, or you may mail your certified check or money order payable to the PA Department of Transportation with current proof of insurance and completed Form MV-222 (PDF), "Application for Payment of Civil Penalty in Lieu of Registration Suspension." Please refer to Form MV-70S, “The Bureau of Motor Vehicles Schedule of Fees,” for the current fees.

Registration suspended due to a citation or accident.

You need to obtain a letter from your insurance company's home office and have it signed by an underwriting manager/supervisor. The letter must indicate the name of insurer, policy number, vehicle identification number, the effective and expiration dates of your policy, along with a statement that your insurance was in effect at the time of the accident or violation. If unable to provide this letter, you must return your registration plate and registration card to serve a 3-month suspension.

Your vehicle registration is suspended due to not having insurance.

You need to obtain a letter from your insurance company's home office and have it signed by an underwriting manager/supervisor. The letter must indicate the vehicle identification number, the effective and expiration dates of your policy, along with a statement that your insurance was in effect at the time of the accident or violation. If unable to provide this letter, you must return your registration plate and registration card to serve a 3-month suspension.

Your vehicle registration is suspended due to lapse in insurance and you want to restore it.

You need to provide acceptable proof of insurance. Proof of insurance can be provided within the last 30 days of being eligible to restore. Additionally, a restoration fee is required in order for your registration to be restored. Please refer to Form MV-70S, “The Bureau of Motor Vehicles Schedule of Fees,” for the current fees.


You received a letter regarding insurance on a vehicle you no longer own or have traded in.

You need to provide a copy of the front and back of the certificate of title or bill of sale identifying the vehicle and the new owner.

You received a letter regarding insurance on a vehicle that has been junked.


You need to provide a copy of the salvage certificate or letter of salvage from the insurance company indicating the new owner.

You received a letter regarding insurance on a vehicle that has been repossessed.

You need to provide a copy of your letter of repossession from the dealership or financial institution.