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How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in New Jersey

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) notifies vehicle owners of the expiration date of their vehicle registration by mail. Vehicle registrations can be renewed before the expiration date either by telephone, through the mail, using the MVC's online service, or in person.


You can use the phone to renew your registration. You will need a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) to pay for the renewal transaction.

  1. Have your credit card, registration renewal notice and the PIN handy before the call.
  2. Call the toll free number 877-DMV-NJ4U (877-368-6548).
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the registration renewal. A fee will be charged for the convenience of using the credit card.


  • Send the completed registration renewal form and the appropriate payment in the envelope provided to:
    Motor Vehicle Commission

    P.O. Box 16

    Trenton, NJ 08666-0403


  1. Online renewals can only be done for motorcycles, pleasure boats, trailers weighing below 55,000 lbs and passenger vehicles.
  2. Go to the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles Online Services website.
  3. Have your registration renewal notice with PIN and your credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express) handy to pay for the renewal.
  4. Online renewal will also need your social security number and insurance details.
  5. There is an additional convenience fee for online renewals.


  1. Locate the MVC office in your area for vehicles that cannot be renewed online or in the absence of a renewal notice.
  2. Bring the registration renewal form, along with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card, check, money order or cash to pay for the renewal.
  3. Carry your license plate number as well as your insurance details.


Registration for different categories of vehicles in New Jersey will have different fees that range from $12 to $251 as seen here.


  1. Before renewal, check for errors in the pre-printed vehicle renewal notice that arrived in the mail.
  2. For correction or change of address, you can use the online services to correct your address before renewing.
  3. For any other error, visit your local MVC office.


Reviews of How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in New Jersey

If my driver's license is expired, is it possible that my car registration will be suspended?

My husband is active duty military and we live outside of NJ, but still keep NJ as our home state, so vehicles are registered in NJ. For years I have been renewing my registration online and now it won't allow me to do it. I called to pay by phone and they said they cannot renew by phone because they lost the contract with the company they were using to process the payments. It also said I need to go into a DMV. I cannot take a half days ride to renew my registaration, what do I do now.

I just looked at my vehicle registration and see that it expired on August 20,2014. It seems as though I never received my renewal in the mail as well as no PIN. My license plate is ZCL82Y for 2010 4 DR GY COR WC 7...This is the first time this has ever happened for I've always renewed by Mail... What are my options? Ian Maksik-2011-944-0879

Cn I still renew my resgistaration online if it expired a month ago ?

What are the steps to take if registration expired and need to renew registration? What documents are needed?

Not sure what this is

My Motor Vechicle Regristration states that my registration expired on 8/20/14.

Plate # Y94AAM Vin # 1N4AL3Ap9DC922785

I leased the car in Nov. 2013 from Denville Nissan

I do not recall receiving ant information for renewal or any pin #

Please contact me to advise how to update this Registration card Thank you

Where is my Registration renewal completed online this past summer??!

I just received my new vehicle registration card in the mail. It looks like a photo copy. It's not laminated and it's not even perforated. If I want to carry it in my wallet I have to cut if out.

Does njmv give a credit for a registration/license plate if you return it early before the registration expires. I bought a new car and registered it. Then I surrendered the plates on the old car a week later when I sold it. The registration was good for another few months. Will njmv credit my account? DOES NJMV MONITOR AND ANSWER QUESTIONS ON THIS SITE?

I sent my registration renewal on 5/25. It is now 6/20 and the check has not been cashed. If I renew on line (and pay the "convenience" fee) will I get my registration in a timely manner? What will happen to the check I sent? If it is received will it be cashed? The people at DMV say I have plenty of time that registration doesn't expire until end of July but who wants to wait in the inspection line at the end of July.

I mailed in a check on Jan.29th. It has not been cashed as of May 20th nor have I received the new regisitration.. The registration was to be renewed in Mar. I don't have a copy of the original form or a pin number. Do I have to go to my local MV?

I sent my check in March for my registration. I totally forgot about it and then realized on Saturday that my registration expired in April and I do not have a new card.

Of course, DMV was closed today (Monday).

I sent my renewal application for my registration in the mail in early May. As of June 9th I still have not received it in the mail and my registration has now expired! What do I do?

I Called Motor Vehicle Today. They said that they had a "glitch" in their April/may mailings of registration renewals. So .... no renewals will be mailed out. You have to go to DMV and renew. Good luck

I'm 6/2011 and always have the registration form early. I don't have the form this year yet. You can not use the old password and I can't find any number to call to get the registration form so if it does not come guess i hve to go in person UGH!

I too am waiting.. guess I'll call and see whats up..

Same deal - no registration sent for vehicle due in June. Usually 90 days Plus ahead of time. Something going on? Also, can you use your old PIN number to renew same vehicle?

I'm due June 2011 and still did not get my registration form so you are not alone

My car registration expires in June 2011. I did not get my renewal form in the mail yet. Should I assume I am not getting a renewal form in the mail through some agency error, or are they mailed later than I seem to remember? If I do not get a renewal for by May 1, should I go to my local DMV in person, and, if so, when should I go, and what do I need to bring specific documents?

Usually you receive a renewal notice three months in advance. It is a little too much in advance I think, because I always feel I don't have to do it right away, and then I'm searching for it at the last minute. Since you are going to a DMV in person, just make sure it is before the end of June.