In most areas that require license plate renewal, plates may be renewed online through the state Department of Motor Vehicles website or in person at a DMV office. However, in some areas license plates are renewed at the same time as vehicle registration and a separate renewal is not required.
In states that require license plate renewal, a letter is sent to the address on file with the DMV in advance of the renewal date. Vehicle owners then have until their license plates expire to submit the required information and payment online or in person. However, some states recommend renewing at least a month in advance to ensure no lapse in registration.