Sec. 2 . (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), if a license plate is:
(1) lost or stolen;
(2) damaged as to not be legible; or
the person in whose name the license plate was issued may obtain from the bureau a duplicate or replacement license plate by filing with the bureau an application on a form provided by the bureau duly sworn to as provided in IC 9-18-2.
(b) If a license plate is lost or stolen, the bureau may not issue a duplicate or replacement license plate until the person in whose name the plate was issued has first notified:
(1) the Indiana law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction where the loss or theft occurred; or
(2) the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the address listed on the registration;
that the original license plate has been lost or stolen.
(c) A law enforcement agency to whom a loss or theft is reported shall complete and present to the person reporting the loss or theft a form provided by the bureau indicating that the loss or theft has been reported.
(d) The person must present the form described under subsection (c) to the bureau before a duplicate or replacement license plate may be obtained.
(e) The bureau shall charge a fee for a duplicate or replacement license plate as set forth in IC 9-29-5-17 .
(f) A duplicate or replacement license plate must be displayed in the same manner as the original license plate was displayed.
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