It's time for my license tab renewal, how do I renew?

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Depending on your state, you can handle your license tab renewal in person, online, or through the mail. Some states allow one or two methods; others allow all three. A few states even offer additional methods, such as renewal by phone or at another location.

Typically, whichever state agency handles vehicle registrations (sometimes it’s the DMV; sometimes it’s another agency such as the local clerk’s office) will send out a reminder notice when it’s time for a license tab renewal, and with that notice usually comes information about the different ways an owner can renew and any special instructions.

For example, even if your state offers the option to renew online, it might only allow you to use that option every so many years or if you meet certain requirements.

Keep in mind that not every agency sends out notices; some leave it up to each owner to keep up with his or her own vehicle registration, which means he or she will also need to figure out the appropriate registration renewal process.

Online In Person By Mail
Alabama
x
x
x
The online option is only available for certain counties.
Alaska
x
x
x
Option to renew at an I/M station.
Arizona
x
x
x
Option to renew by phone.
Arkansas
x
x
x
Option to renew by phone.
California
x
x
x
Colorado
x
x
x
Connecticut
x
x
Delaware
x
x
Florida
x
x
x
Option to renew by phone.
Georgia
x
x
x
Hawaii
x
x
x
Idaho
x
x
x
Illinois
x
x
x
Option to renew by phone.
Indiana
x
x
x
Option to renew by phone or through a self-service terminal.
Iowa
x
x
x
Kansas
x
x
x
Option to renew by phone.
Kentucky
x
x
x
Louisiana
x
x
x
Option to renew by phone.
Maine
x
x
Maryland
x
x
x
Option to renew by phone or through MVA On Wheels.
Massachusetts
x
x
x
Option to renew by phone.
Michigan
x
x
x
Option to renew by phone or through a self-service station.
Minnesota
x
x
x
Mississippi
x
x
x
Missouri
x
x
x
Montana
x
x
Nebraska
x
x
Nevada
x
x
x
New Hampshire
x
x
x
New Jersey
x
x
x
Option to renew by phone.
New Mexico
x
x
x
Option to renew by phone.
New York
x
x
x
Option to renew by phone.
North Carolina
x
x
x
North Dakota
x
x
x
Ohio
x
x
x
Option to renew by phone.
Oklahoma
x
x
x
Oregon
x
x
x
Pennsylvania
x
x
x
Rhode Island
x
x
Option to renew through a designated drop-off box at DMV locations.
South Carolina
x
x
x
South Dakota
x
x
Option to renew by phone for some counties.
Tennessee
x
x
x
Texas
x
x
x
Utah
x
x
x
Vermont
x
x
x
Virginia
x
x
x
Option to renew by phone.
Washington
x
x
x
West Virginia
x
x
Wisconsin
x
x
x
Wyoming
x
x
x
The online option is only available for certain counties.
Washington DC
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x
Option to renew at a designated drop-off box.

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