Frequently Asked Questions

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?

Some of the most common reasons that may prevent drivers from obtaining a car registration renewal are related to failing a vehicle inspection. Below are a few reasons for failing a vehicle inspection in Delaware:

  • Lights dirty or not working
  • Faulty brakes
  • Balding tires

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Can somebody else renew my registration for me?

No, another party cannot renew vehicle registration for you in Delaware. You must show your driver s license when you renew car registration in person at a DMV location.

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Do boats need to be registered?

Yes, boats and other water vessels need to be registered with the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife. Use the Boat Registration Application to apply by mail or in person at a private agent location. Send your application to:

Office of Boat Registration

89 Kings Highway

Dover, DE 19901

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Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?

Yes, drivers should report stolen or lost license plates to the police department in order to prevent identity theft. The Delaware DMV recommends that you request a new license plate number when you apply for a car registration replacement.

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Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?

Yes, Delaware law requires that drivers who move out of state and register their vehicle in another state return their Delaware license plates to the DMV. A statement that the vehicle now has an out of state car registration must accompany the plates. Mail your correspondence to:

Division of Motor Vehicles

Attn: Uninsured Motorist Section

P.O. Box 698

Dover, DE 19903

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Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?

No, applicants for a car registration replacement are not required to turn in the damaged registration card to the Delaware DMV.

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Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?

Yes, mopeds need to undergo a Delaware DMV car registration. The cost is $5 to register your moped for three years. Mopeds are not subject to vehicle inspection requirements.

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Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?

Most vehicles in Delaware will undergo some type of vehicle emissions testing to get car registration. Check below to see which kinds of tests your vehicle may require:

  • Exhaust emission- cars 1968 and newer and trucks 1970 and newer
  • Fuel vapor leakage- most vehicles 1975 and newer
  • Onboard Diagnostic Test- all cars 1996 and newer

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How can I renew my vehicle registration?

The Delaware DMV offers a drive-thru vehicle registration renewal service at each DE DMV location. To renew registration all vehicles with the exception of those within the last four model years, are required to pass a vehicle inspection. Excepted newer vehicles will be sent a packet, which allows for application for renewal by mail. All vehicles must show proof of liability car insurance to renew car registration in Delaware.

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How can I transfer my registration to another state?

The laws governing one state s DMV are not necessarily applicable to the next state that you may move to. Often times, when you first move to a state, you have a certain grace period before you are required to register your vehicle in that state. Check out your new state s DMV.com page to find out more information on how to register a car out of state.

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How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?

The Delaware DMV makes it easy for disabled persons to apply for handicap placard. An Application for Special License Plate or Special Parking Id Placard for Persons with Disabilities may be filled out and sent to:

State of Delaware

Division of Motor Vehicles

PO Box 698

Dover, DE 19903

Attn: Correspondence

All residents 85 and older, regardless of health condition, may apply for a handicap placard online.

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How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?

To report a stolen car registration, you will need to contact your local law enforcement agency. Filing a police report entails visiting a police station and relaying your statement about the circumstances surrounding your stolen or lost car registration. Be sure to bring with you proof of your ownership of the vehicle such as your driver s license and insurance ID card.

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How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?

If your car registration has been lost, stolen, or destroyed, then you can apply for a duplicate registration by following these steps:

  • Visit a local Delaware DMV
  • Provide proof of insurance
  • Provide license plate number
  • Pay the $2 car registration replacementfee

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How do I obtain car registration?

To obtain a Delaware car registration for your new vehicle you must complete the following steps:

New residents must register new vehicles in Delaware within 60 days of becoming a resident of the state.

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If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?

Yes, there is a late fee to renew expired car registration that occur after the expiration date has passed. The late registration renewal fee is $10.

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Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?

The process to apply for lost personalize plates is the same as it is for regular-issued license plates. Drivers must report the incident the police department as well as apply for replacement plates. Personalized license plate holders must request a new plate sequence upon replacement.

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Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?

Delaware drivers must carry the vehicle registration card with them in the car along with their valid insurance ID card.

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What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?

The most common reasons why one would need to apply for a car registration replacement are if any component such as sticker, plates, or registration card have been lost, stolen, or damaged.

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What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?

The cost of an initial vehicle registration in Delaware is $40 for a one-year and $80 for a two-year registration. Vehicles five years or newer have the option to register from one to five years, depending on the model year of the vehicle.

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What are the required fees to get replacement registration?

The cost of a Delaware car registration replacement is $2. There is a $6 fee to replace license plates.

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What are the required fees to renew my registration?

The fee to renew car registration in Delaware is $40 per year. Passenger vehicles weighing more than 5,000 pounds are charged an extra $18 for each additional pound. Vehicle inspections, which are required for cars five years and older, are conducted at no additional cost.

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What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?

To replace car registration, you will need to present the following documents to the Delaware DMV:

  • Proof of car insurance:
    • Insurance card
    • Insurance provider document
  • License plate number

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What documents do I need to present to get new registration?

Delaware residents must present the following documentation to obtain a DMV car registration:

  • Proof of auto insurance
  • Vehicle inspection report
  • Certificate of title

Proof of auto insurance in the form of an insurance ID card will not be accepted by the Delaware DMV.

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What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?

The documents needed in order to renew car registration in Delaware include:

  • A drivers license
  • Valid Delaware insurance card
  • Current registration card

Also, your vehicle must have passed a vehicle inspection in order to apply for a car registration renewal.

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What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?

Drivers who have not received their car registration materials such as license plates or decals, in a timely manner should contact the Delaware DMV office where the renewal was processed.

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When does my car registration expire?

Drivers can obtain one-year or two-year car registration renewals. Your car registration expires one year from the date that is was issued. There are also six-month term vehicle registration renewals available.

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Where can I find a local tax county collector office?

To pay the 3.75% tax fee on a vehicle brought in from out of state to Delaware, residents can visit the Delaware DMV location. Taxes must be paid before the vehicle can be registered in the state.

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Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?

No, you will not have to fill out an application to replace car registration. You need only present proof of insurance and your license plate number at a DE DMV location.

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Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?

The Delaware DMV no longer sends registration renewal notices via mail. In order to stay informed on when you need to renew your registration, you can sign up online to receive car registration renewal reminders via phone or e-mail. Submit your information to the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles website to get notifications.

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Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?

No, Delaware does not coincide vehicle registration renewal dates with the owner s birthday. Your car registration expiration date will be one year from the date that it was issued.

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