Renew a registration

Before You Start

To renew online you will need

  • your registration (plate) number
  • your registration class

When you’re finished, you can download and print a temporary (10 day) certificate of registration

How do I renew my registration?

You can renew your vehicle, boat, snowmobile or light trailer registration online, by mail, or at a DMV office. Allow 2 weeks for your new registration documents to arrive in the mail.

You can’t renew a registration that is suspended, revoked, expired for more than 1 year, or has not been inspected in the past 12 months. 

How can I know when my registration will expire?

It’s printed on your registration documents (see sample registration documents). We also mail you a renewal notice (MV-3) 45 to 60 days before your registration expires. You can go green! and get paperless reminders.

You won’t receive a renewal notice if your registration is suspended or revoked. Sometimes notices get lost in the mail. You don’t need the notice to renew. 1

If you are in the Armed Forces and are returning from active military duty, you may have more time to renew. Learn more

Can I renew online?

You can renew most vehicles online, including boats and snowmobiles.  You computer must accept cookies. 2 Some vehicle are not eligible. 3 When you’re finished, you can download and print a temporary (10 day) certificate of registration.

To renew online, you will need

  • your registration (plate) number what is this?
  • your registration class what is this?
  • the last name of the person on the registration (or business name) 

You can also renew online through My Registrations and Paperless Reminders, and check your registration information at the same time.

My registration is about to expire or it already expired.  Can I still renew online?

Yes. You can renew online up to one year past the expiration date.

When you renew, you can download and print a temporary certificate of registration, which is valid for 10 days.  If your registration is about to expire, use this temporary certificate while you wait for your registration documents to arrive in the mail.

Can I renew online if I need to change my address?

Your mailing address on DMV files must be current. You cannot change your address during the transaction. You can first change your address online  and then renew.

Note: If you file a request with the US Postal Service (USPS) to forward mail, there is no guarantee that the USPS will forward all DMV documents to your new address.

Can I renew online if my name changed?

Yes, but the new document will display your previous name. You cannot change your name during this transaction. If you recently changed your name, read the instructions to change your name or other information on a registration or title.

What is the fee to renew?

Your registration renewal fee is on your renewal notice, and displayed on your computer screen when you renew online.

If you don’t have your renewal notice and want to renew by mail, use the estimate registration fees service to calculate the fee amount.

If you do not know the correct amount of your renewal fee, send a check payable to 'Commissioner of Motor Vehicles' with your registration renewal, but do not write the amount.  You can delay your registration renewal if you do not correctly calculate the fee.

  • 1. You can renew online, by mail using the Vehicle Registration/Title Application (MV-82), or at an office.
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  • 3. You can’t renew registrations online for
    • vehicles that weigh 55,000 lbs. or more
    • for-hire vehicles ( this includes taxis, livery vehicles, and buses)
    • semi-trailers with 6-year registrations
    • vehicles with an apportioned registration issued under the International Registration Plan (IRP)
    • vehicles with an ambulance, NYP (New York press), government or official registration
    • rental vehicles
    • vehicles that are exempt from the payment of registration fees
    • vehicles that require the registrant to provide proof of insurance, a tax certificate, or another document for each renewal

Before You Start

To renew online you will need

  • your registration (plate) number
  • your registration class

When you’re finished, you can download and print a temporary (10 day) certificate of registration

Do it online alternative

You can use the My Registrations and Paperless Reminders service to

  • renew your registration
  • check the address and status of your registrations
  • sign up for paperless registration and inspection reminders
  • order a replacement registration document

Do it by mail

Mail the bottom part of your registration renewal notice (MV-3) to the address listed. Include a personal check or money order payable to 'Commissioner of Motor Vehicles' for the fee.

If you don't have your MV-3, use the Vehicle Registration/Title Application (MV-82). Mail the MV-82 and your payment to

NYS DMV Port Jefferson Office
3 Roads Plaza
1055 Route 112
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776

Do it at the DMV

Use either the renewal notice that you received in the mail, or the Vehicle
Registration/Title Application (MV-82) to renew your registration at a DMV office.

For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.