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Can you register your license plates online?

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Although the specific services vary, most states do provide online license plate registration. This is most common with registration renewals, but some states allow certain new vehicles to be registered online.

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States that allow new vehicle registration online may only offer it for certain vehicles, such as ones purchased from a car dealer. Used vehicles bought privately may be required to undergo a vehicle identification number and odometer reading verification, which requires an in-person visit.

Most states have online renewal options for vehicles. Owners may have to submit proof of insurance and proof of safety or emissions inspections, depending on the state's registration requirements. Some factors, such as outstanding parking or traffic tickets, may render that car ineligible for online registration.

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