Is there a late fee or penalty for expired vehicle registration in Texas? Texas

Texas vehicle registrations are for 12 consecutive months, regardless of when the registration was purchased. For example, if your registration is purchased August 15, it would be effective retroactively to August 1. Then, it would expire the following year on July 31.

Grace Period Before DMV Late Fees

You can renew a vehicle registration up to 90 days before expiration and, according to Texas state law, you can legally operate your vehicle for up to five working days after the registration expires.

Unfortunately, once this grace period has passed, you can receive a ticket of up to $200 if you are stopped by a law enforcement officer. There is also a 20% late fee for an expired car registration, although you will not be asked to pay this penalty unless you are actually given a traffic ticket for driving the vehicle when it has not been properly registered.

Renewing an Expired Vehicle Registration

Texas allows vehicle registrations by online, by mail, or in person; once your car registration expires, however, you will need to visit your county tax office or an approved TX DMV substation for registration renewal.

To register your vehicle, you will need to show proof of insurance and provide payment for all necessary fees as well as any applicable penalties for late vehicle registration. You most likely won't need to show the bill of sale for a renewal, but you will need to bring either your registration renewal notice or your license plate number, VIN, or the registration receipt from the previous year.

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