How do I renew TX vehicle registration? Texas

Texas provides three ways to renew your vehicle registration: in person, online, or by mail.

In-Person Registration Renewal

Renewing in person is similar to your first vehicle registration.

To renew in person, visit your county tax office with the following:
  • Your renewal notice.
  • Proof of liability insurance.
  • Proof your vehicle passed emissions testing, if you live in a county that requires it.
  • The applicable fee. DMV registration renewal fees vary by vehicle, but your reminder notice should highlight the fees you must pay.

Online Registration Renewal

Only residents of certain counties can renew their registrations online. If your reminder notice doesn’t state whether you can renew online, visit the TX DMV Web site for a list of eligible counties or contact your county tax office.

If you find that you’re eligible to renew online, you must then make sure:
  • Your registration isn’t scheduled to expire for at least 90 days.
  • You have liability insurance that meets the state’s minimum requirements and covers at least 30 consecutive days.
  • Your vehicle doesn’t weigh more than 54,999 pounds.
  • You have a valid E-mail account.
  • Your renewal notice doesn’t include “Vehicle Record Messages.” This is related to the state’s smog and emissions inspection. If it does, that means your vehicle doesn’t comply with Texas emissions standards and you’ll need to contact your county tax office to find out the next steps you must take regarding a smog check or emissions testing.
If you (and your vehicle) meet each of those register car online requirements, visit the TX DMV Web site to begin. Make sure you have a MasterCard or Visa handy to pay the renewal fee as well as the $2 service fee and $1 mail fee (you’ll receive your renewal sticker in the mail).

Mail-In Registration Renewal

To renew your car registration by mail, send the following to your county tax office:
  • The renewal notice, making sure to keep the vehicle owner’s section for your own records.
  • A copy of your proof of auto insurance.
  • The applicable fee, plus an extra $1 to cover the mail renewal fee.

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