Tom Corbett, Governor Barry J. Schoch, P.E., Secretary, Department of Transportation

Getting Your Vehicle Registration Back

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

Your vehicle record has an F stop, due to a lapse of insurance for more than 30 days.

You need to provide acceptable proof of insurance within 30 days of the 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 an MV-221“Statement of Non-operation of Vehicle”. If unable to provide the insurance and statement, you must return your registration plate, sticker and card to serve a 3-month suspension.

Your vehicle record has an I stop, 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, sticker and card to serve a 3-month suspension.

Your vehicle registration is suspended, due to not having insurance.

You would need to provide acceptable proof of insurance within 30 days of the cancellation date, if you had a lapse of 30 days or less and the vehicle was not driven during the 30 days or less lapse, you must also provide an MV-221 “Statement of Non-operation of Vehicle”. If you are unable to provide the proof of insurance and statement, you must return your registration plate, sticker and card to serve a 3-month suspension. OR If due to an accident or citation:
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, sticker and 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 that last 30 days of being eligible. Additionally, a $50 restoration fee is required in order for your registration to be restored.

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.

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