Idaho car registration renewals

Determine the Status of Your RegistrationRegistration-Renewals

Renew ID Registration
In order to avoid running afoul with the law renew your vehicles registration yearly. You must also maintain car insurance at all times. You can research different carriers for a variety of quotes. You must check for your renewal notice to continue with your registration renewal.

Register a Vehicle in ID for the First Time
You must complete a first-time registration, which follows a different process, if you are either new to the state or if you have recently purchased a vehicle.

Register a Non-Operational Vehicle
If you are taking your vehicle off the road, you do not have to notify the DMV.

If the registration expires while the vehicle is non-operational, follow the following process when you want to resume driving it again:
1. Have your expired registration.
2. Have proof of insurance.
3. Have the registration fee.
4. Visit your County Assessors office.
If your vehicle is off the road for less than 12 months, you must pay the full yearly registration fee when you register it again.

Check Your Renewal NoticeRegistration-Renewals

Within the first week of the month your registration expires you will receive a renewal postcard in the mail. If this does not arrive, contact your County Assessor.

You will need the renewal notifications postcard number in order to renew online if your county offers the online option. If you live in the Northern Ada County, your notice will also indicate if its time for an emissions test.

Calculate Your FeesRegistration-Renewals

Your registration fee will be on your renewal postcard. Many factors determine your registration fee, including the vehicles age, model, county of residence, and inspection requirements. Generally, registration fees are similar to insurance rates the newer the model, the higher the fees.

Avoid Late Fees and Penalties
There are no late registration fees.

Renew Online, In Person, or By MailRegistration-Renewals

Renew Online
1. Check the state list to make sure you live in a county eligible for online renewal.
2. Ensure your vehicles emissions testing is current (only if applicable).
3. Youll need your renewal postcard you need the number in order to begin online processing.
4. To pay the fee, have a Visa, American Express, Discover, or MasterCard ready.
5. Log onto the online renewal site and follow the instructions.
Your registration certificate and tabs should arrive in the mail within two weeks.

In Person
1. Have your renewal postcard.
2. Make sure your vehicle has had its annual emissions inspection (if necessary).
3. Show proper ID.
4. Locate proof of insurance.
5. Have the appropriate registration fee.
6. Visit your County Assessors office.

By Mail
1. Have your renewal postcard.
2. Check for information regarding your vehicles annual emissions inspection.
3. Write a check for the amount printed on the renewal postcard.
4. Mail to the address listed on the renewal postcard.
Your registration certificate and tabs should arrive in the mail within two weeks.

Affix Your StickersRegistration-Renewals

Attach your registration stickers to the rear plate by following the included instructions.

Get a Tax DeductionRegistration-Renewals

According to the DMV, this option is only available for commercial vehicles. Consult a tax attorney for more on this topic.

Do Your Part to Keep Our Roadways SafeRegistration-Renewals

Besides wearing a seatbelt to stay safe you can regularly change the oil, take your vehicle in for annual tune ups, and rotating and replacing tires as smart preventative maintenance practices to keep your car running smoothly and safely.

You should protect yourself against any mechanical surprises by subscribing with a roadside assistance program, investing in an after-market warranty, and finding an honest mechanic.