You may feel like you are done with the registration process once you receive a license place and a registration card for your new car but this is not the case. You must continue to renew your car’s registration for the duration of the time that you own it. Depending on which state you live in, you may need to complete the renewal process annually or every few years.
Making a DMV appointment and talking to a DMV employee is always a good way to make sure you know the renewal rules for your state. Luckily, renewing your registration is a simpler process than registering a new car. In most cases, you can even do it online.
You will just need the following information:
- Your’s cars VIN
- The license plate number
- Your driver’s license number
- Proof of your car insurance
- Your current registration car
Most of this information will likely carry over from your original registration except for the emissions and safety approval. Every time you need to renew your car’s registration you will probably need to have your vehicle inspected in person to verify that it still meets emissions and safety requirements.
It is very important to keep up with your car’s registration. If you let yours expire you will be subject to penalty fees if you happen to be pulled over.
Plus, your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles may make you pay extra money if you wait until your registration expires before you renew it.
Not having current registration can also lead to higher insurance fees and in extreme cases, your car could even be taken away from you and impounded until you pay the expiration fees and the amount that it costs to renew your registration.
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