Why didn't I get my registration renewal in the mail?

If you visited the DMV office to renew your vehicle registration, you should have received your updated stickers and registration card immediately. If you renewed online or by mail, the DMV will mail out your updated stickers and registration card. This may take a week or two, however.

The most common reason for failing to receive a registration renewal in the mail is forgetting to inform the DMV of a change in your address. Many people think they only need to inform the DMV if they move out of the city, but even a move across town must be reported. The address kept on file at the DMV needs to be accurate in order for you to receive official correspondence.

Another common error occurs when drivers update the address on their driving record, but forget to change their vehicle registration information. Although these tasks are handled by the same office in some states, others require separate change of address forms.

The final reason your vehicle registration may not have arrived in the mail may be a glitch in your state’s online renewal system. If you renewed online and you’re certain the DMV has your correct address, look to see if you received an email confirmation that your renewal application was processed. You may also want to check your credit card statement to see if the payment went through with no problems.

Regardless of why you didn’t receive your registration renewal in the mail, you will need to call the DMV office to request that a replacement form be sent. If you have your vehicle information and details of the original payment method readily available, this should only take a few minutes.

Failure to renew a vehicle registration by the deadline will result in a monetary penalty, as well as an extra ticket if you are stopped for any other motor vehicle violation. Therefore it’s in your best interests to take care of registration renewals as soon as possible.

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