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Duplicate Motor Vehicle Products Frequently Asked Questions

1. Obtaining a Duplicate Title
2. Obtaining a Duplicate Registration Plate or Registration Card
3. Obtaining a Duplicate Person with Disability Parking Placard or Person with Disability Registration Plate

1. Obtaining a Duplicate Title
  • Vehicle Owners - If you own your vehicle and the lien on it has been satisfied and you need to request a duplicate title, you will need to complete form MV-38O. Please mail the completed form to PennDOT at the address listed on the form along with a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Please refer to MV-70S, "Bureau of Motor Vehicles Schedule of Fees," for required fees.
  • Lienholders - For lienholders who need to request a duplicate title or make changes to an existing title, please complete form MV-38L. Please mail the completed form to PennDOT at the address listed on the form, along with a check or money order for the appropriate fee made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Please refer to MV-70S, "Bureau of Motor Vehicles Schedule of Fees," for required fees.
  • Dealers - Registered dealers who need to apply for a duplicate title should complete form MV-38D. Please mail the completed form to PennDOT at the address listed on the form, along with a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Please refer to MV-70S, "Bureau of Motor Vehicles Schedule of Fees," for required fees.
  • Defaced Titles - If your title has been defaced, you will need to apply for a duplicate title. For more information on what constitutes a defaced title, please refer to the Defaced Title Fact Sheet.

2. Obtaining a Duplicate Motor Vehicle Registration Plate or Registration Credential (Card)
To request a replacement registration (license) plate or registration card because yours has been, lost, stolen or defaced, you will need to complete form MV-44.
Appropriate fees should be included with the MV-44 in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Duplicate registration cards may be secured through our website. Customers may purchase their duplicate registration card for a fee at the time of their online renewal. Duplicate registration cards may also be secured if your registration card has been lost, stolen or defaced. Please refer to MV-70S, "Bureau of Motor Vehicles Schedule of Fees," for required fee(s).

If you renewed your registration online and an error occurred which would not allow you to print a permanent registration credential at the time of the online registration transaction, you may use our website and request a free reprint within 30 days of your initial transaction. You may also use Form MV-45, “Application for Duplicate Registration Card for Customer Printed Credential,” to request a duplicate registration card. This form must be submitted within 30 days of the online renewal transaction by the customer. No fee is required. If completing Form MV-45, please submit your completed application to the address on the form.

3. Obtaining a Duplicate Person with Disability Parking Placard or Person with Disability Registration Plate
  • How to Apply for a Replacement Person with Disability Placard - You may apply for a replacement Person with Disability Parking Placard by completing Form MV-145A “Person with Disability Parking Placard Application.” Your previous placard number will be listed as the previous placard on PennDOT’s computer system. If the placard is ever located, it must be returned to PennDOT because it will now be null and void.
    NOTE: If the replacement request is for a temporary placard, the placard will be issued for the balance of the time remaining on the original temporary placard issued.
  • Apply for a Replacement Person with Disability Registration Plate - You may apply for a replacement Person with Disability Registration Plate by completing Form MV-44 (PDF), “Application for Duplicate Registration Card, Replacement of Registration Plate, or Weight Class Sticker,” indicating the reason for the replacement. Please mail the completed form to PennDOT at the address listed on the form along with a check or money order for the appropriate fee(s) and made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Please refer to Form MV-70s, “Bureau of Motor Vehicles Schedule of Fees,” for the required fees.

  • Apply for a Replacement Person with Disability Motorcycle Plate - You may apply for a replacement Person with Disability Motorcycle Registration Plate by completing Form MV-44 (PDF), “Application for Duplicate Registration Card, Replacement of Registration Plate, or Weight Class Sticker,” indicating the reason for the replacement. Please mail the completed form to PennDOT at the address listed on the form along with a check or money order for the appropriate fee(s) and made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Please refer to Form MV-70s, “Bureau of Motor Vehicles Schedule of Fees,” for the required fees.


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