Drivers must renew car registration in Texas annually by the date shown on their license plate sticker. If the sticker displays the date 11/15, then the car registration is valid through the last day of November 2015. If you do not renew your vehicle registration before it expires, the TX DMV will charge a fine.
Drivers are allowed to operate their vehicle with an expired registration for up to five working days after the expiration date. After those five days are passed, drivers with an expired TX car registration can receive a fine up to $200.
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles will send you a TX car registration renewal notice when the time for you to renew your documents approaches. The notice will include:
Texas requires annual safety inspections for all registered vehicles by an official inspection station. Emissions check requirements vary based on county.
DMV.com Note: The TX DMV recommends you sign up for eReminders. These email messages will remind you when to renew expired car registration multiple times. To register for eReminders, your will need:
You can sign up for eReminder when you are at a DPS office.
Renewing car registration in Texas can be done:
You must meet the following eligibility requirements to renew car registration online:
If you are eligible, access the Texas DMV Renewal website and provide the following:
If you received a car registration renewal notice by mail, complete the form and send it along with the following to your local county tax office:
To renew car registration in person, visit your local county tax office and provide:
Those who did not receive a renewal notice can bring:
Some Texas counties allow drivers to renew auto registration at substations and subcontractors; this will be noted in your renewal notice if possible. Acceptable forms of payment vary by county. Tax offices typically accept cash, money orders, checks and credit/debit cards.
Fees to renew car registration in Texas vary based on the type of vehicle:
The DMV will also charge a $1 automation fee for improving the titling and auto registration system and a $1 Department of Public Safety fee for the DPS insurance verification system.
DMV.com Note: If weeks pass and you have not received your vehicle registration, contact your county office for more information. You will be asked to provide your standard or personalized license plate and VIN number.
To renew vehicle registration for another person, bring the following to a local county tax office:
Drivers may also be asked to provide written consent or authorization letter from the owner of the vehicle.
Drivers will not be able to renew an auto registration if it has been:
In these instances, drivers must obtain a TX car registration replacement. If your vehicle registration is lost, stolen or damaged, you will only be able to renew if you recently received your Texas car registration renewal notice.