Renewing a Vehicle Registration in Texas

Drivers in Texas have several ways to renew their vehicle registration, either online, by mail or in person. 

Before you can register any vehicle in Texas, you must have a completed safety inspection.  This must be done annually or when moving to the state or when purchasing a new vehicle.  you can get an inspection at many gas stations, garages and oil change shops. Search here for an approved inspection station.  The station will send the report to the DMV electronically for you.  You no longer need an inspection sticker on your windshield, since the registration sticker now serves as proof of inspection.

The simplest and quickest method to renew your registration is to complete the registration online.  The DMV will even knock off $1 of the fees by using the online system.  You may complete the renewal up to 90 days before expiration, which is a good idea, since it will take up to 3 weeks for the new registration stickers to arrive in the mail.  If you want to check the status of your registration process click here.

Begin your online renewal by clicking here and be ready to enter your license plate number and the last 4 digits of the vehicles VIN number.  Both can be found on your registration card.  The base annual fee for registration for most vehicles is $51. Most trailers will cost $45 and motorcycles and mopeds are $30 to renew registration.  There may also be additional registration, inspection, processing and local fees which vary depending on your location.

To renew by mail, you will need to send in the top portion of the renewal notice you received in the mail.  This contains all the necessary information to proceed with renewal.  Also be sure to include a copy of the vehicle inspection report (VIR).  Finally you will also need to send in a copy of your insurance card and the appropriate fees.

If you are attempting to renew in person, you will need to present the vehicle’s license plate number, the VIN number or the registration receipt from the previous year. Most of the time the DMV can verify your vehicle inspection electronically.  However if you need to obtain a copy of the vehicle inspection report (VIR), you can track down a copy here.  You will need to make a visit to your county tax office. Find your county in the search box on the right side of the screen.  Larger cities often have a regional service center to assist in DMV transactions.

Renewing vehicle registration checklist