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How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Car Registration Renewal

Just like your MA drivers license, your Massachusetts car registration is only valid for a certain amount of years. Once the designated period concludes, it is your responsibility to renew car registration documents with the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Information Related to Renewing Car Registrations

When to Renew Your Car Registration

There is no set time for all types of car registration renewals in Massachusetts. Different vehicles can get different vehicle registrations, which either expire every one or two years. However, the RMV takes the complexity of keeping up with these dates out of the matter by sending drivers a renewal notice when the time approaches.
Between six to eight weeks before your car registration expires, you will receive a Renewal Form (RMV-2). This notice will detail how to renew car registrations and whether or not you require a stamp from your car insurance agent.It will also note the expiration date of your car registration.
There will be cases where you do not receive a renewal notice. This could be for one of the following reasons:

  • You have the incorrect address on file
  • You have not paid child support
  • You have outstanding traffic fines
  • You have an arrest warrant

If you do not receive your notice, you need to call the Telephone Center at 857-368-8000 or 800-858-3926 (if your area code is not 339, 617, 781 or 857)to verify your mailing address. Note: If you have recently moved, you will need to update the mailing address on your car registration, so your vehicle files are up-to-date. If not, you won't receive notices regarding your car registration renewal.

Eligibility Requirements for Renewing Car Registration

There is a variety of requirements that must be met in order for you to successfully renew expired car registrations in Massachusetts. Car registration renewal will not be allowed by the MA RMV if you have any of the following strikes against you:

  • Unpaid parking tickets
  • Unpaid excise tax bills
  • Unpaid abandoned vehicle citations
  • Outstanding child support payments
  • Arrest warrants

In addition, there are other requirements that must be met, depending on the method you choose for renewing car registrations in Massachusetts.

How to Renew Car Registration in Massachusetts

There are four ways that you can renew your car registration in the state of Massachusetts. They include doing so:

  • Online.
  • By mail.
  • By phone.
  • In person.


In order to renew car registration online in Massachusetts, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Have a private passenger registration
  • Have a commercial car registration which is owned by a single person (not a company)
  • Have a valid VISA, American Express, Discover or MasterCard for payment
  • Your renewal car has the designation, "Ins. Stamp Not Needed Active Policy on File"

If you are in fact eligible, you can access the MA RMV Registration Renewal page and provide the following information to complete the process:

  • Your license plate type
  • Your license plate number
  • Your car registration number
  • A valid email address

By Mail

To renew car registration in Massachusetts by mail, you will have to fill out the renewal notice you received in the mail (RMV-2) or downloaded online (RMV-3 form), and send it in with a check or money order for the renewal fee to this address:

Attn: Mail-in Registration
Registry of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 55891
Boston, MA 02205-5891    

Before sending out your application, be sure that:

  • You have filled out the renewal notice form in its entirety.
  • Your insurance agent has stamped and signed the notice if it features the designation "Ins. Stamp Required."
  • You don't have any unpaid or outstanding tickets or obligations.

By Phone

By simply calling the Telephone Center at 857-368-8000 or 800-858-3926 (if your area code is not 339, 617, 781 or 857), you can speak to a Massachusetts RMV representative and renew your car registration.
Before you make the call, it is important that you meet the following requirements:

  • You must have a valid VISA, American Express, Discover or MasterCard for payment
  • Your car registration must be a private passenger registration or commercial registration owned by one person(s), and not a company
  • Your renewal card needs to say "Ins. Stamp Not Needed Active Policy on File"

In Person

Renewing car registration in Massachusetts can be done by visiting a local RMV office and bringing:

  • A filled-out renewal form that you received in the mail (RMV-2) or an RMV-3 form, which you printed out online.
    • With a stamp and signature from your car insurance agent, if applicable
  • Cash, check or money order to pay the fees.
  • Your original MA car registration documents.

Keep in mind that you should personally renew your car registration, instead of requesting another person to complete the process for you.
If you have not received your renewed car registration, call or visit a local RMV office for further assistance.

How to Renew a Vehicle Registration if Out-of-State/in Military

In the event that you are out of the state or on active military duty, you still have the options to renew your auto registration:

  • Online.
  • By phone.
  • By mail.

Furthermore, in the event that you did not receive your renewal notice and need the signature and stamp of your car insurance agent, you can mail him or her an RMV-3 form to obtain these necessities, and then mail in your application to the MA RMV office.

Car Registration Renewal Fees

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Registry of Motor Vehicles assigns fees to every RMV transaction. It is important to remember that these fees will vary with time. Currently, some of the fees for Massachusetts car registration renewal are:

  • For standard passenger vehicles: $60 for two years
  • For reserved passenger registration: $100 for two years
  • For standard motorcycles: $20 for one year
  • For reserved motorcycle registration: $40 for one year

To find out about the scores of other renewal fees, check the MA RMV's official fee schedule. It is important to note that if you do not renew your car registration on time, you may face late fees and other penalties.

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Submitted by (not verified) on 9th Oct 2012

Please help! my insurance

Please help! my insurance company sent my re-newal forms in the policy is ok how can I get new sticker for my plate? Also since I sent the re-newal in since late August to my insurance company and they sent to the RMV who is responsible for the ticket I just received ?

Please Help