Provision of Law:
PROCEDURES AND INSTRUCTIONS
Section 320.0607, Florida Statutes, provides for the replacement of license plates and validation decals when the
original license plate or decal has been lost, stolen, defaced, damaged or lost in transit.
Application Requirements for a Replacement License Plate, Decal or Parking Permit:
Application for a replacement license plate, validation decal or parking permit should be submitted to the local
county tax collector's office or license plate agency for processing. However, if the application is for a "special
license plate" not issued in the tax collector's office or license plate agency, it must be submitted to the
Division of Motorist Services, Direct Mail, MS# 72, Neil Kirkman Building, Tallahassee, FL 32399.
1. Form HSMV 83146, Application for Replacement License Plate, Validation Decal, or Parking Permit
ccurately completed, by the owner/lessee. (Form HSMV 83146 must be completed for every
2. Contact your local county tax collector's office or license plate agency for fee information.
3. For Mail requests, also include copy of the Florida vehicle registration certificate.
Types of Replacement License Plates, Decals, and Permits
Voluntary Replacement at time of Renewal:
An owner may, at any time during the registration period, replace a license plate, decal or parking permit. The
replacement license plate fee is required in addition to the regular registration renewal fee, if the registration has
A damaged license plate is when the license plate has sustained physical damage.
Example: A boat trailer struck the license plate and dented the letters or numbers, customer has waxed or
pressure-washed the letters off of the license plate, etc.
Replacement fees are required, unless law enforcement has issued a citation to the customer. If a citation has
been issued, the owner must surrender the damaged license plate to a local county tax collector's office or license
plate agency (along with a copy of the citation) to obtain a replacement at no fee.
A defaced license plate is when the license plate has not sustained physical damage, but is unreadable for
some other reason.
Example: The sun has faded the letters or numbers on the license plate.
Replacement fees are required, unless law enforcement has issued a citation for the defaced license plate. The
owner must surrender the defaced license plate to a local county tax collector's office or license plate agency (along
with a copy of the citation) to obtain a replacement at no fee.
Lost (not stolen):
Replacement fees are required.
NOTE: A lost personalized license plate may be issued with the same characters.
Lost in Transit:
License plates, decals or parking permits lost in the mail may be replaced at no fee, if the application is made within
180 days from the date of issuance.
Stolen (not lost):
The customer must provide a police report or agency card containing the case number. The replacement will
be issued at no charge. If customer does not provide police report or agency card, fees are due.
NOTE: A personalized replacement license plate may be issued with the same characters if the law
enforcement agency provides the customer with a statement that such license plate has been removed from
the FCIC and NCIC computer files.
Replacement fees are required.
Replacement fees are required for surrendered license plates.
Visit the following website for addresses: https://www.flhsmv.gov/locations/
HSMV 83146 (Rev. 3/19)