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Minnesota Car Registration Renewal

Vehicle Registration Online Services Guide

How to Renew a Minnesota Car Registration

Drivers can apply for a Minnesota car registration renewal online, by mail or in person, at any Deputy Registrar Office. You will be required to provide the following documentation:

  • Your renewal notice.
  • A document proving your identity.
  • Proof of liability insurance for the vehicle.
  • Payment for the renewal fees.

If you would like to learn how to renew car registrations in MN, explore the sections below.

When to Renew Your Minnesota Car Registration

If you need to renew vehicle registrations in Minnesota, you must apply with the Driver and Vehicle Services Division under the MN Department of Public Safety. Car registrations must be renewed annually and after drivers have completed the auto registration renewal process, they can easily view the status of their tabs. The expiration date of your car registration is stated on your vehicle's tabs, but the MN DVS may send out renewal notices with the exact expiration deadline to remind motorists of their duty. Drivers who do not renew expired car registrations in MN will not be subject to late fees by the DVS, but may be stopped by a law enforcement officer if they are caught driving with an expired vehicle registration.

How to Renew Your Minnesota Car Registration

Renewing car registrations in Minnesota can be completed with the Driver and Vehicle Services Division using three simple methods: online, in person or by mail. Typically, if you have received a renewal notice by the DVS, you will be able to renew car registrations by returning the notice to the division's renewal office by mail. Otherwise, you will be able to renew an expired car registration online or in person, by supplying the required documents and paying the appropriate fees. Find more information about the different renewal methods in the sections below.

Online

Vehicle owners who plan to renew car registration online in Minnesota must provide certain car information such as the plate number and the last three digits of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The system will also require additional information about the car insurance and wheelage tax, as well as the option to select special license plates. Finally, the driver should enter payment information for the expired car registration renewal fee as well as additional service fees. The renewed credential will be sent to the applicant's address within 10 days. The online vehicle registration renewal service is also available through third-party providers for an additional fee.

Note: Only certain types of vehicles are eligible for registration renewal online, including trailers, passenger vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds and recreational vehicles.

By Mail

If you receive a Minnesota vehicle registration renewal notice by the MN DVS, you will be able to complete the renewal steps by mail. The renewal notice contains detailed instructions about renewing car registrations by mail, as well as applicable fees. Car owners will need to complete the following steps to renew expired car registrations:

  • Complete the renewal notice and add any additional information such as recent address changes.
  • Tear off the renewal form at the indicated perforation and enclose payment for the fees (by money order or check made payable to the DVS Renewal).
  • Place the notice in the envelope enclosed with the notice and send it to the DVS Renewal office in St. Paul.

Note: The DVS will process the request and send a new car registration within 10 days (or more if the applicant has indicated address change).

In Person

In-person applications for DMV vehicle registration renewal in MN are handled by DVS Deputy Registrar Offices. Car owners may be asked to submit their renewal notice (or car registration card), proof of identity, proof of valid vehicle insurance and payment for the car registration renewal fees. In cases of name changes due to marriage, divorce or court order, applicants must bring appropriate documents as proof of the change such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree. Your updated registration credential will be sent to your address within 10 days from the day of applying. The fees for renewing car registrations in Minnesota in person are calculated based on the type of vehicle you own.

Liability Insurance Requirements

Car owners who need to renew car registrations in Minnesota must obey the state's laws on vehicle insurance. Minnesota laws require owners of motor vehicles to have "no-fault insurance," which prohibits them to operate any type of uninsured motor vehicle on state roads. The MN No Fault Act includes all types of motor vehicles and motorcycles and failure to comply with the law can result in fines, penalties, suspension or revocation of your driver's license or even imprisonment. When renewing vehicle registrations in MN, all applicants must provide proof of car insurance along with the rest of the auto registration renewal documentation.

Vehicle Registration Renewal Fees in MN

Motorists applying for DMV vehicle registration renewal in Minnesota must pay several types of renewal fees when submitting the required documents. To file an application to the DVS, applicants must pay a filing fee of $6, along with a $10 wheelage tax fee (only in certain MN counties). Every tab renewal costs $1 and depending on the renewing car registration method, you may need to pay additional service fees for online renewal. Additional registration taxes may be applicable based on the vehicle type and year. Note that you can also renew car registrations in MN via third-party services online for a small fee.

New Minnesota Resident

New Minnesota residents cannot renew car registrations unless they obtain new MN car registration at a Deputy Registrar Office. Drivers will have 60 days to apply for a new registration credential and will need to submit an application either in person or by mail. A document proving your identity, proof of vehicle ownership, the current car title or car registration and payment for service fees are required to complete the application process. Upon obtaining a Minnesota car registration, vehicle owners will be able to follow the regular vehicle registration renewal steps for expired car registrations in MN.