A vehicle registrations has an expiration date. No matter which state you live in, you have to renew your car's registration after a certain period. Validity of a car registration varies from one state to another, but most states require that registrations are renewed every year or every two years. DMV's in each state send a reminder to car owners of their registration's expiration date through the mail.
Most states allow you to renew your car registration online or by mail, so you don't have to go to a DMV office in person. This a much more convenient way to renew a license, as it saves you a lot of time, considering that there are long lines and wait times at most DMV offices.
If you choose to renew your registration online, you might be required to enter your license plate number, vehicle title information and several digits of your car's VIN. You can pay the renewal fee with a credit card. Most states accept Visa, American Express and Master Card.
In order to renew your registration by mail, you have to send your current registration and a proof of insurance to your local DMV office. Some states require you to complete an emissions and safety inspection form, as well. You can pay the renewal fee with a money order or check.
To renew your registration in person, you have to bring your renewal notice to your DMV office, along with the expiring registration document and a proof of insurance. If you don't have the renewal notice, you might be required to provide your vehicle's license plate number or the vehicle identification number.