Minnesota car registration renewals

Determine the Status of Your RegistrationRegistration-Renewals

Renew MN Registration
To drive legally, you must renew your vehicle’s registration annually and maintain auto insurance.

Register for the First TIme
If you recently bought a vehicle or moved to the state, you’ll need to follow a separate process to proceed with first-time registration.

Register a Non-Operational Vehicle
Go to your local DVS office with the vehicle’s plate number, the vehicle’s title, proof of ID, and cash or check to pay the fee.

Check Your Renewal NoticeRegistration-Renewals

You’ll receive a renewal notice in the mail about a month before your registration expires. Call DVS if you did not receive one.

Calculate Your FeesRegistration-Renewals

Fees vary by the year and classification of your vehicle. Fees are higher for newer and more valuable vehicles. Call your DVS office to get a quote on your vehicle’s fees. There are no late-registration fees.

Renew Online, In Person, or By MailRegistration-Renewals

Renew Online

* Have your vehicle renewal form. You need your license plate number and the last three digits of your VIN to log in.
* Pay the registration fee, plus $1.75 online transaction fee, with a Visa or MasterCard.
* Go to the state’s online renewal location and follow the instructions
* Allow seven days for processing

In Person
Go to your local DVS office with:

* Your driver’s license
* Your license plate number
* If you have it, bring your renewal notice (it’s not mandatory, though)
* Cash or a check to pay the fees

By Mail

* Fill out any address changes, if applicable, on the back of the renewal form
* Tear off the renewal form section and mail it, plus payment for the fees, in the envelope provided
* Allow 10 days for processing

Affix Your StickersRegistration-Renewals

Affix your decals to the rear plate according to the instructions.

Get a Tax DeductionRegistration-Renewals

Part of your vehicle license fee is deductible. Subtract $35 from each car’s vehicle tax to determine the amount.

Do Your Part to Keep Our Roadways SafeRegistration-Renewals

Enhance your vehicle’s safety by sticking to a maintenance routine that includes regular tune-ups, oil changes, and tire rotations. Consider getting an after-market warranty and enrolling in a roadside assistance program, as well. Be sure you have a trusted mechanic who can keep your vehicle running in top condition.