How do I renew my TX license plate stickers? Texas

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Check Your Registration Renewal Notice

License plate stickers are valid for one year and can be renewed up to 90 days before their expiration date.

Registration renewal notices, along with instructions for completing the renewal process, are mailed to all vehicle owners as a courtesy. It is still your responsibility to renew your vehicle registration even if you don't receive a notice, however. (See below on how to renew if you don't receive a notice.)

You can complete the registration renewal process by mail or in person at your county tax office. Online vehicle registration renewal is also available in select counties.

The cost for registering your vehicle and renewing your license plates will vary depending upon the type of vehicle you drive. Car registration fees are determined by the age of the vehicle, with newer vehicles being more expensive to register. DMV registration fees for trucks are $25 plus an amount based on the weight of the truck.

No Vehicle Registration Renewal Notice?

Car registration renewal notices are mailed to the last address on file with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you did not receive your DMV registration renewal notice, it is most likely because you moved and forgot to update the address on file. Many people assume only a major move needs to be reported or that the post office address forwarding forms will take care of their TX DMV needs, but all changes in address need to be reported within 30 days.

If you do not have your registration renewal notice, you can renew your car tags by providing one of the following:

  • Vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Your license receipt from the previous year.
  • Your license plate number.

Proof of Insurance

Texas, like many other states, requires proof of a valid auto insurance policy as a condition of vehicle registration. The current minimum liability limits for your insurance policy are 25/50/25. This means:

  • $25,000 for each injured person.
  • $50,000 per accident.
  • $25,000 for property damage per accident.
However, on January 1, 2011, the minimum coverage requirements will be increased to 30/60/25:

  • $30,000 for each injured person.
  • $60,000 per accident.
  • $25,000 for property damage per accident.

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