How To Prepare To Renew Your Registration

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Depending on the state that you live in, you are going to need to register your vehicle either every year or every other year. Your vehicle needs to be registered in order for you to be able to drive your vehicle.  

#1 Check Your Mail

The first thing you need to do is pay attention to your mail. Most states mail you information about two months in advance when your registration is due. The letter may contain information that allows you to pay for your registration and mail it in, allowing you to skip the trip down to your Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or to the Secretary of State (SOS).  

You need to pay attention to your mail and the dates on the letter you receive though. In order to get your registration on time, you need to mail in the registration forms pretty much immediately to ensure that the turnaround period if right.

#2 Schedule A Date

If you don't want to renew your tags by mail, set up an appointment to do so before the date that your tags are set to expire. Many DMVs and SOS allow you to set appointment times for coming in to get your tags renewed. This allows you to skip the long lines at the DMV or SOS and allows you to renew your registration on a time schedule that works for you.

#3 Think About Recreation

Most states offer a recreational pass. The recreational pass is designed to allow you access to states and local parks without having to pay an additional admittance fee. If you go to local parks even just a handful of times a year, this can be a worthwhile investment. The fee is generally small and doesn't add a lot to your registration bill; however, it must be done at the time you register your vehicle.

#4 Change Your Plates

If you want to change your plates, you need to do it when you register your vehicle. If you want to switch and pay for custom plates, find out if your custom plate name is available. If you just want to change the metal part of your plates, you can get a plate that supports a special group in your state. Changing your plates with either custom words or a custom background cost, so be prepared to pay extra for your registration.

When your registration is set to expire, you can renew through the mail in advance or you can renew through a scheduled date at your local DMV or SOS. Remember, this is the best time to add a recreational pass or customize your license. Just be ready to pay extra for these perks. 


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