How to Renew a New Jersey Car Registration
Resident drivers can choose to renew car registration in New Jersey either in person, online or by mail. The New Jersey county tag offices has set specific requirements and qualifications for renewing car registrations that will help the driver determine which method is available to them. In order to complete the NJ vehicle registration renewal process, drivers must submit documentation, including:
- Proof of Identity.
- Either a NJ registration renewal notice, current registration certificate or license plate number.
- Proof of car insurance.
- Payment for the renewal fee (payable by cash, check, money order or credit card).
Note: The type of payment method accepted depends on the renewal method chosen.
To learn how to renew car registrations in New Jersey, read the below sections.
When to Renew Your New Jersey Car Registration
Drivers renewing auto registrations in New Jersey are strongly urged to complete their car registration prior to their current registration's expiration date. While there is no fee for late DMV vehicle registration renewal in NJ, drivers can still receive traffic citations for driving with an expired registration. You will not be able to renew your vehicle registration until all prior fines and citations are settled.
As a reminder to complete a DMV registration renewal, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) will notify drivers by mail prior to the expiration of their current registration. If for some reason you did not receive a notice to renew auto registrations in NJ, you must contact the NJ MVC by email or by phone to request a new notice. Drivers that have not received a notice are still required to complete a renewal of their car registration. Contact your county's tax commissioner's office in case you do not receive the renewal notice.
Note: Private businesses may be required to abide by different regulations when renewing auto registrations for company vehicles.
How to Renew Your New Jersey Car Registration
Renewing car registrations in New Jersey can be completed by mail, or in person through a local MVC tag office. Depending upon your car registration renewal notification, drivers may also be eligible to renew car registration online in NJ. If a driver's notification comes with a PIN located on the bottom right-hand corner, then online renewal is available.
Once a driver has determined that they are eligible to renew vehicle registrations in New Jersey via the internet, they may do so at any computer with a consistent internet connection. Before beginning the online auto registration renewal, drivers should have the following information on hand:
- The driver's pin (located on the bottom right-hand corner of their notice).
- The driver's Social Security Number.
- Proof of car insurance on the vehicle being registered.
- A debit or credit card to pay the registration fee.
While completing the New Jersey car registration renewal online process, drivers may be requested to submit personal information such as their legal name, address and Social Security Number.
Note: Drivers that will be renewing car registrations in NJ via the internet may have to pay an additional convenience fee.
Drivers also hold the option to renew DMV registrations in New Jersey by mail, by submitting the required documents and information to the DMV tag office within their county. These documents include the registration renewal form, proof of auto insurance, certificate of passed emission's inspection and payment for the renewal fee by check or money order and made out to the NJMVC.
The process of renewing vehicle registrations in New Jersey can also be completed by submitting the request and documentation in person through a local tax commissioner's office. Drivers choosing renew car registrations in NJ in person, should have the following documents and information ready to be submitted:
- Legal proof of identity (such as a driver's license or passport).
- NJ registration renewal notice OR
- Current registration certificate OR
- License plate number.
- Cash, check, money order or credit card.
Liability Insurance Requirements
Prior to initiating the New Jersey DMV registration renewal process, car owners must obtain proof of a liability insurance policy and present it when requested. According to state law, motor vehicle owners in NJ must maintain the validity of their car insurance coverage at all times while having an active registration. Drivers who do not continuously meet the state minimum insurance requirements face a registration suspension or revocation. The MVD may also impose several fines that must be paid within a certain time period. In such circumstances, car owners will not be able to renew expired car registrations in NJ until they resolve any outstanding insurance lapse violations and submit proof of valid car insurance.
Note: As proof of NJ car coverage, the MVD accepts: paperwork issued by your insurance company, a car rental agreement, a fleet insurance policy card, a bill of sale with an insurance binder page or a valid self-insured insurance card.
Vehicle Registration Fees in NJ
All drivers renewing DMV registrations in New Jersey, are required to pay a mandatory vehicle registration fee in order to complete the process. Where other states registration fees vary depending upon the type of vehicle, New Jersey charges a flat fee for practically all vehicles. The standard DMV registration fee for a regular passenger vehicle is currently set at $60. Drivers that are attempting to renew registration on a commercial vehicle may be required to pay a higher fee. Drivers who are completing a NJ car registration renewal for a motorcycle will have to pay a much lower registration fee of $15. If you are renewing an expired car registration in NJ, there is no additional fee that is required, however any outstanding traffic fines must first be addressed and paid in order to complete the registration process.
Note: The method of which drivers will pay their fee to renew car registration online in NJ, is directly dependent upon the method of which the driver chooses to complete the renewal process.
NJ Vehicle Registration Renewal for Military Members
Active members of the US Military are not required to complete the New Jersey auto registration renewal procedure until after they are discharged. However, if a military member chooses to renew their registration, they may do so by mail or online. To renew car registrations in NJ by mail or online, military members can follow the standard application steps outlined above.
New Jersey Residents New to the State
Aside from renewing auto registrations in New Jersey, any residents that have lived in the state of New Jersey for six months or longer are required to visit the county's MVC tax office to transfer their vehicle's registration.
Drivers must apply for a NJ car registry within 60 days of moving within the state by submitting the following information and documentation:
- New Jersey insurance identification card.
- Proof of Social Security Number.
- New Jersey driver's license.
- Vehicle odometer reading.
- Titling application.
- Pay the applicable fees.