You can renew a vehicle registration online, by mail or at a DMV office.
You can sign up for My Registrations and Paperless Reminders in MyDMV to manage all of your registrations. With My Registrations, you can check the status of your registrations, renew them or order replacement (duplicate) documents all from one convenient location.
You can also enter your registration information to renew your registration using the registration renewal online transaction.
If you renew your registration online, you can download and print a temporary certificate of registration at the end of the transaction. The temporary certificate is valid for 10 days and is not transferrable.
The DMV mails a registration renewal notice to you 45 to 60 days before your registration expires. Follow the instructions on the renewal notice that you received to renew your registration by mail. Allow two weeks to receive your registration documents by mail.
Learn what to do if you did not receive a renewal notice.
At a DMV Office
To renew at a DMV local office, use the renewal notice that you received in the mail, or use form MV-82. If another person brings your application to the office, that person must follow the requirements for a second party registration application.
You can receive inspection and registration renewal reminders by email and take advantage of a new online renewal process if you sign up for a MyDMV account and use the My Registrations and Paperless Reminders service.
If you do not receive paperless reminders, the DMV prints a registration renewal notice many weeks before the notice is mailed. The DMV mails the registration renewal notice to the registrant 45 to 60 days before the current registration expires. The DMV does not print a renewal notice if the registration is suspended or revoked. Normally some renewal notices are damaged or lost during the printing process or in the mail. If you do not receive a renewal notice, the DMV cannot print another notice for you. Use the following instructions.
You can renew online if:
To renew by mail, get form MV-82 and follow these instructions.
You can also use form MV-82 to renew at a DMV local office. If another person brings your application to the office, that person must follow the requirements for a second party registration application.
Your registration renewal fee is indicated on your renewal notice, or is displayed on your computer screen when you renew your registration online.
If you renew by mail, use the fee schedules for passenger vehicles or for commercial vehicles to determine the correct amount of your fee. Remember to include the vehicle use tax and the annual fee for custom plates, if necessary.
If you do not know the correct amount of your renewal fee, send a check payable to "Commissioner of Motor Vehicles", but do not write the amount. You can delay your registration renewal if you do not correctly calculate the fee. Your registration fee is listed on your new registration document under the words, "AMT PAID (INCL ADD CHG)".
Allow two weeks from the date that the DMV processes your vehicle registration transaction to receive the registration documents in the mail. If you ordered your registration documents online, you can check the status of your online order.
If you changed your address, do not order registration documents online. If you order registration documents online and your address is incorrect, you will not receive your registration documents. You then must apply for replacement registration documents and pay a fee of $3.
If your registration documents are not delivered two weeks after the date your transaction was processed, you can contact the DMV.