What Is the Process for Renewing Your Vehicle Registration?


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To renew a vehicle registration, care owners should check with their state Department of Motor Vehicles, Secretary of State or Motor Vehicle Division to determine the correct forms and fees needed for renewal. Most states require a completed and signed renewal application, drivers license number and plate number, the vehicle registration fee, and the vehicle should have passed the smog check, emission test or vehicle inspection, depending on the laws of the applicant's state.

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To renew a vehicle registration within New York State, applicants may have the ability to do so directly online. To renew online at dmv.ny.gov, applicants need their plate number, the registration class, the name of the person on the registration, and a credit or debit card. Applicants in New York cannot renew a registration online if the registration has been revoked or suspended, is expired for more than one year, and if it the vehicle has not been inspected in the past year.

To renew a vehicle registration in Pennsylvania, applicants can go to the PennDOT website, provide the first eight digits of the title number, the license plate number, odometer reading and insurance information. Once everything is complete and the renewal fee is paid, applicants can print the temporary registration card.

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