Motor vehicle registrations are renewed by mail, at the state's Department of Motor Vehicles office, at a local county tax collector's office or at an authorized third-party service agency. Most states allow registrations to be renewed online.
The Department of Motor Vehicles commonly mails out registration renewal cards prior to the expiration date. Individuals can return the renewal card, along with the appropriate fee payment, by mail or in person at the local DMV office.
Renewals processed by mail should be sent well enough in advance to avoid having a vehicle with an expired registration credential. Once processed, the renewed registration documents are mailed back to the recipient. Renewal requests made in person at a DMV office or authorized third-party agency are processed instantly, and credentials are given the same day. Third-party locations, such as auto clubs, commonly charge a premium for this service.
Most states offer online vehicle registration renewals on the state DMV website. Online renewals generally require the same information needed for renewals made in person at a DMV office. This includes the license plate number, current odometer reading, current vehicle insurance information and a fee payment. Fees are paid online using a credit card or electronic transfer of funds.