FAQs

We want to give you the information you need to help you get services done at the DMV.

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Table of Contents:

  1. Want to learn about us?
  2. Where do we get our information?
  3. Are we the government?
  4. Is my information protected?
  5. Can I register my vehicle without insurance?
  6. How do I renew my registration if I am temporarily out of state?
  7. Can I register someone else’s vehicle?
  8. How do I transfer my registration if I move to another state?
  9. Should I file a police report if my registration was stolen?
  10. Do I need to carry my registration in my car at all times?
  11. How much will it cost to register my car?
  12. Is there a difference between a duplicate registration and a replacement?
  13. What information do I need to renew my registration?
  14. What should I do if my registration tags or stickers have not arrived?
  15. What happens if I do not receive a renewal notice in the mail?
  16. Can I renew my registration if I have outstanding fines or unpaid tickets?
  17. What kind of vehicles do not need to be registered?
  18. How do I apply for a personalized or specialty license plate?
  19. How do I apply for a handicap parking permit?
  20. What is the difference between a title and a registration? Do I need to renew my vehicle’s title?

 

1.     Want to learn about us?

We’re a private company (not the government) that finds out what you need to know, gives you the facts and gives them to you for free. Our goal is to give all the details you need – in a clear and simple way – so that you can meet your goals.

2.     Where do we get our information?

Our team of writers has done a lot of research on the things you need. We’ve looked at the most important information online. We called local offices to ask the questions that you want answers to. We keep looking online and calling local offices, even if we already looked or called a few months ago. We do our best to give you information that is up to date and helpful.

Then we take the important things you need to know and give them to you in a way that’s clear and easy to understand.

3.     Are we the government?

No, we are not the government, and our company is private. We find information that’s already online, but we put it all in one place to make things easier for you. We try to look in all the right places to get information and give you the best help that we can.

4.     Is my information protected?

We believe in the importance of keeping your data safe. If you decide to give us your data while using our website, we use many different protections to help keep it safe. To learn more about how we protect your information, check out our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions.

5.     Can I register my vehicle without insurance?

In most states, you must purchase car insurance before you can register your vehicle. The coverage must meet the state’s minimum requirements. In states where insurance is not required, you may be able to register your car without insurance if you can prove that you have enough money saved up to cover any damages in the event of an accident.

6.     How do I renew my registration if I am temporarily out of state?

Depending on where you live, you may be able to renew your registration online or by mail if you are out of state. Some states use a special out-of-state application while others allow you to receive a limited extension on your registration renewal. However, keep in mind that state laws vary when it comes to out-of-state renewals, including the steps you must follow if your county requires a yearly car emissions test.

7.     Can I register someone else’s vehicle?

You can usually register a vehicle on behalf of someone else as long as you have a notarized Power of Attorney form.

8.     How do I transfer my registration if I move to another state?

To register your vehicle as a new state resident, you may need to apply for a new title and registration at your local DMV or county tag office. In addition to the application form, you may also need to submit your previous registration and proof of car insurance.s

9.     Should I file a police report if my registration was stolen?

Depending on your state, you may be required to file a police report if your registration was stolen. However, even if your state does not have this requirement, it is a good idea to report a stolen registration to the police. A police report could help protect you in case your stolen documents are used fraudulently.

10.    Do I need to carry my registration in my car at all times?

You should not leave your registration (or any documents displaying your personal information) in the car. Instead, keep your registration at home and a copy of your car insurance in your wallet.

11.    How much will it cost to register my car?

Vehicle registration fees vary by state. Some states charge the same registration fee regardless of your vehicle while others calculate your fee based on your car’s year, weight, value and more. Keep in mind that the registration fee is different from the yearly renewal fee, which is usually much lower.

12.    Is there a difference between a duplicate registration and a replacement?

No, there is no difference between a duplicate registration and a replacement.

13.    What information do I need to renew my registration?

To renew your car registration, you will typically need to provide a state ID card, your license plate number and a few personal details. Depending on your state, you may also need to pass a smog test or vehicle inspection before you can renew.

14.    What should I do if my registration tags or stickers have not arrived?

If you renewed your registration but have not received your materials, contact your state’s DMV or corresponding office. It’s possible that your registration renewal was not processed or that the materials got lost in the mail.

15.    What happens if I do not receive a renewal notice in the mail?

Even if you did not receive a renewal notice in the mail, you are still responsible for renewing your registration. Depending on your state, you may be able to renew your car online or in person without the renewal notice. Be sure to double-check that your mailing address is correct with your state’s DMV to help avoid similar issues in the future.

16.    Can I renew my registration if I have outstanding fines or unpaid tickets?

If you have outstanding tickets or an unpaid balance at your state’s DMV, you may not be able to renew your registration until you have resolved these issues.

17.    What kind of vehicles do not need to be registered?

Typically, all motorized vehicles (including boats) need to be registered with a state’s DMV or tax office, but there may be some exceptions. For example, your state may not require you to register vehicles like motorized scooters, golf carts or certain farm equipment like tractors. Additionally, some states (like Virginia) do not require you to register an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) while others (like California) do.

18.    How do I apply for a personalized or specialty license plate?

You can likely order a personalized or specialty license plate through your state’s DMV or county tag office. Keep in mind that these plates typically come with an added fee. If you are planning to personalize your license plate, review your state’s requirements to avoid having your plate application rejected.

19.    How do I apply for a handicap parking permit?

You may typically apply for a handicap parking permit by submitting a specific form to your state’s DMV. You will likely need to have a physician or other licensed health professional certify your form. In many states, there is no fee for a permanent parking permit, but there may be a fee for a temporary permit.

20.    What is the difference between a title and a registration? Do I need to renew my vehicle’s title?

No, you do not need to renew your car’s title. Your vehicle’s certificate of title is a document that records who the owner of a vehicle is, while your registration simply adds your vehicle to your state’s database. Most states require yearly registration renewals, but your title is permanent and does not need to be renewed.