Renew Registration in California

Need to renew your California car registration? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

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2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.




Renewing Your California Vehicle Registration

Renewing your registration is an easy process in California, as you are given option of renewing in person, online, or via mail.

California allows some drivers to renew their registration online, provided that they meet the certain state requirements. In order to register online, visit California Vehicle Registration Home Page and follow the instructions given. 

To renew your California tag in-person, visit California Vehicle Registration Home Page for a list of DMV offices in the state of California. You will also be required to present the last five digits of your vehicle’s VIN number, a verification of your updated address (if needed), license plate number, and your bank routing and checking number, MasterCard or Visa credit or debit card to pay the relevant fees. Also, make sure your Smog certification has been filed with the DMV.

You are only eligible to renew your tag mail if you’re out of state or can’t make it into an office. To renew by mail, visit www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/reg/reg343.pdf to download the appropriate form. You be required to present the last five digits of your vehicle’s VIN number, a verification of your updated address (if needed), license plate number, and payment for the relevant fees.