Determine the Status of Your RegistrationRegistration-Renewals
You will need to renew your registration once a year or once every five years depending on how long you paid for initially.
Renew DE Registration
Driving without a valid registration is illegal and you could be cited.
Register a Non-Operational Vehicle
When you decide to store your car, you may either keep up its registration and insurance, or turn in your plates and drop the insurance.
Check Your Renewal NoticeRegistration-Renewals
A renewal notice will be mailed 90 days prior to the registration expiration. The notice will include fees and information as to whether you will require a smog and safety check for the vehicle.
Calculate Your FeesRegistration-Renewals
Fees are based on weight. Its $40 a year for cars under 5,000 pounds. Inspections are free.
Avoid Late Fees and Penalties
Theres a $10 fee if youre late.
Renew Online, In Person or By MailRegistration-Renewals
You may not renew online.
*Have proof of insurance.
*Be prepared to do an odometer reading.
*Be prepared to pay with cash, a check, or a Visa or Mastercard.
*Go to your nearest DMV office. (This is also where you’ll get your vehicle’s emissions inspected, if necessary.)
*If youre eligible to renew by mail, youll receive a renew-by-mail packet with your renewal notice.
*Fill out the form as asked.
*Gather proof of valid insurance and an odometer reading.
*Have a check ready to make your payment.
*Return the packet, proofs, and payment using the addressed envelope.
Affix Your StickersRegistration-Renewals
Youll receive your decals in the mail if you renewed by mail; otherwise, youll get them at the DMV. Follow the directions to put them on your tags.
Get a Tax DeductionRegistration-Renewals
Tax deductions are allowed for vehicle registration if its based on the vehicle value, not weight; therefore, you wont be able to use this deduction.