How to Renew Car Registration in Massachusetts

Applying for a car registration renewal in Massachusetts is a mandatory process that you must complete every one to two years, depending on your vehicle’s license plate type. If you do not renew your vehicle’s license plates before they expire, you cannot legally operate the automobile on public roads. Driving without a valid license plate will result in a traffic ticket if you are stopped by a law enforcement agent.

As a reminder to apply for your tag renewal before your registration credentials expire, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) usually mails you an application with a list of requirements that you must meet prior to applying.

Depending on the situation, you may need to bring your renewal application to an insurance agent to obtain an updated stamp as proof of your active insurance policy. To apply for DMV registration renewal in MA, you may choose between several renewal methods: online, in person, by mail or by telephone.

How to Apply for License Plate Renewal in Massachusetts

You can typically renew registration online, in person, by mail or by telephone, depending on the application method you prefer. If you receive a renewal application from the RMV, this form will also provide you with specific instructions for renewing your registration documents. If you do not receive a renewal application from the RMV, however, you may download a copy from the registry’s website.

Learn more about each of these application methods by downloading our free guide.

How to Renew Online

If you wish to renew your registration online before your license plates expire, you must be able to provide your driver’s license number, email address and the last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN). You must also be able to pay the registration fee with an accepted form of credit.