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  • Andrew Maggard

Help! My License Plate was Stolen!

If you live in New York State and your license plate has been stolen, it's important to take action quickly. Not only is driving with stolen plates illegal, but the thief could also use them for criminal activity.

Here are the steps you should take if your license plate has been stolen:


1. File a police report: The first thing you should do is file a police report. This will alert law enforcement that your plates are missing and may help them recover them. Additionally, having a police report on file may be required by your insurance company if you need to make a claim.


2. Contact your insurance company: Let your insurance company know that your plates have been stolen. They may be able to provide you with new plates or instructions on how to obtain them.


3. Replace your plates: You will need to replace your stolen plates as soon as possible. You can do this by visiting your local DMV office and completing the necessary paperwork. You will need to bring the below documents:

  • MV-78B/police report/statement (you'll get this form from the police)

  • a completed Vehicle Registration/Title Application (pdf) (MV-82)

  • proof of insurance

  • proof of your identity

4. Consider getting anti-theft devices: If your plates have been stolen once, they may be more likely to be stolen again. Consider investing in anti-theft devices, such as locking plate frames, to prevent future thefts.


5. Monitor your credit and identity: While it may seem unlikely, thieves can use stolen license plates for identity theft. Keep an eye on your credit reports and bank statements to make sure no fraudulent activity is occurring.


Remember, driving with stolen plates is a serious offense and can lead to fines and even jail time. It's important to take action as soon as possible if your plates are stolen.

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