How to Renew Car Registration in Utah
You must apply for a Utah car registration renewal whenever your current registration documents are set to expire. The Utah Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will send a DMV registration renewal notice several weeks before your registration expiration date.
Drivers may not receive these notices in the mail, such as due to a change of address. However, even if you do not receive a renewal notice in the mail, you are still responsible for keeping your registration valid.
Most drivers find it convenient to renew registration online through the Utah Motor Vehicle Portal (MVP) or the state’s Renewal Express website. Residents of certain areas are required to pass vehicle inspections before being eligible for a renewal. Review the following sections to learn about online, in-person and by-mail registration renewal in Utah.
Renewing Registration Online in Utah
You can renew registration online in Utah through the Motor Vehicle Portal (MVP) or the state’s Renewal Express website. However, you cannot renew online unless you have passed a vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection and/or emissions test, if these are required for your car.
Note that if your registration’s expiration date is just a few days away, you must renew in person instead of online. Most Utah motorists can obtain online tag renewal by providing the following information:
- License plate number
- Registration renewal notice PIN number (for Renewal Express transactions)
- Last eight digits of vehicle identification number (VIN)
- A copy of your inspection or emissions test reports
Get a list of typical documents and helpful information in our free car registration guide.
When renewing online, follow the car registration renewal prompts and enter all required information. You should receive your new registration card and decals by mail within 15 days of submitting your payment.
If you have not received them within this time frame, check vehicle registration status online or call the DMV. Depending on the results of the car reg check, you may need to pick up your materials at your DMV office.
Other Methods for Utah Registration Renewal
If you prefer, you can get your UT license plate decal renewal in person at your local DMV title and registration office or at an “On the Spot” renewal station. You may also submit your renewal documents by mail.
Before scheduling your DMV renewal appointment or mailing your renewal request, bring your vehicle to an inspection station approved by the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) if you are required to have an emissions test for renewals.
To renew in person, bring your car registration renewal notice or your current Utah registration certificate and any required inspection reports to your nearest “On the Spot” renewal station or DMV office.
Make sure you visit a DMV office that offers title and registration services and not a driver’s license DMV location. Remember to bring cash, a credit/debit card, a personal check or money order to cover your renewal fee.
You must have your DMV car registration renewal notice if you want to send in your renewal request by mail. Be sure to include your emissions test results, if required. Enclose a check or money order to cover your fee payment, made payable to the Utah State Tax Commission (USTC).
You should allow two to three weeks to receive your registration documents by mail. If they do not arrive in this timeframe, call the DMV for a car registration check to discover the reason for the delay.
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