How to Register

Your vehicle must have a current passing inspection to qualify for vehicle registration.

Vehicles may be registered in the following ways:

Online 

Renew Your Registration Online and Receive a $1.00 Discount!

Your vehicle registration may be renewed online 90 days before the expiration date or up to six months after the expiration date, if you have not received a citation for expired registration. Your expiration month will not change.

There is a two business day payment processing hold before your sticker is printed. Please allow up to three weeks for processing and mailing.

You can track the status of your registration sticker by visiting www.txdmv.gov/track.

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Renew Your Registration Online!

 

By Mail

Registration renewal notices are mailed to all registered vehicle owners. To register by mail, send the following to your county tax office:

  • Renewal notice (keep the vehicle owner’s section for your records)
  • A copy of your Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) – (a copy can be obtained at www.mytxcar.org)
  • Proof of current liability insurance
  • All fees listed on your renewal notice (please see FEES tab for more information)

 

In Person

To register your vehicle in person, take your registration renewal notice and proof of current liability insurance to your county or an approved substation.

If you did not receive your renewal notice, you can renew your registration using your:

  • License plate number
  • Vehicle identification number, or
  • Registration receipt from the previous year.

Most inspection records are available in real time, but there may be instances when the record is not immediately available. If your vehicle passed inspection but the system is unable to electronically verify it, you may present the passing VIR you received from the inspection station to the county at the time of renewal. If you need to show proof of inspection to complete your vehicle’s registration renewal, visit www.mytxcar.org to download, display electronically, or print a copy of the document. Your inspection will be verified manually, and you will be permitted to renew your vehicle registration.

Some counties allow renewals at substations or subcontractors, such as a participating grocery store. If you are renewing your registration at a county subcontractor location, such as your local grocery store, they may not accept your VIR as proof of inspection. Each county determines whether their subcontractors can verify inspection via VIR. If a subcontractor is not permitted to verify via VIR, you will be directed to the county tax office to complete your renewal.

Acceptable forms of payment vary by county. Contact your county tax office for more details.

Fees

Cars and Light Trucks

The standard fee for cars and lighter pickup trucks is a base registration fee of $50.75.

Pickup Trucks

Motor vehicles 6,001 to 10,000 pounds, which includes heavier pickup trucks, pay a $54 base registration fee.

Heavy Vehicles

Heavy vehicles, including heavy-duty pickups, motor homes and commercial trucks, will find their registration fees fall into seven weight classifications between 6,001 pounds and 80,000 pounds.

Trailers

Trailer and travel trailer fees are $45 to register a trailer up to 6,000 pounds.

Mopeds and Motorcycles

The standard fee for mopeds and motorcycles is a base registration fee of $30.

Registration Fees

All registration renewal notices will include line items for the following fees and donation opportunities. The fee amounts displayed here are for demonstration purposes only. Fee amounts will vary based on your vehicle type, county of registration, and county of inspection.

Registration Fee: The registration fee is comprised of the base registration fee for your vehicle type and $1 for the maintenance and operations of the Insurance Verification Project (TexasSure). 100 percent of your base registration fee goes directly to the State Highway Fund for the construction and maintenance of the state’s transportation system. For more information, please see our current registration fee chart at the bottom of this page.

Local Fee: The local fee is comprised of one or more fees assessed by your county of registration. Local fees vary from county to county and are established by county Commissioner’s Courts. The amount listed under local fees may range from $0 to $31.50 depending on your county of registration.

All counties may charge a fee of up to $10 for deposit into their county road and bridge fund. Certain counties are permitted to assess an additional fee for transportation not to exceed $20 to fund long-term transportation projects in the county. All counties may also assess a child safety fee of up to $1.50 to promote child safety programs including health and nutrition education and school crossing guards. For more information, please see our current registration fee chart at the bottom of this page.

Special Plates Fee(s): A special plates fee will only be assessed if the vehicle being renewed has specialty license plates.

Inspection Fee: The inspection fee is the charge for the state’s portion of the inspection fee. At the time of inspection, motorists pay only the inspection station’s portion of the fee. The state’s portion of the inspection fee is collected at the time of registration or renewal. For more information, please see twostepsonesticker.com/motorists.

Processing and Handling Fee: The processing and handling fee covers the costs of processing vehicle registration. These costs include state and county services; creation of annual renewal notices; registration stickers; and other related services and materials.

Texas Registration Fees

Texas Inspection Fees

FAQs

Donate

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles offers the opportunity to include donations to the following organizations at the time of vehicle registration:

Support Texas Veterans

The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance awards grants to local organizations that focus on improving the lives of Veterans in Texas. Learn how these grants benefit Texas Veterans and their families at www.tvc.texas.gov.

Texas State Parks Won’t Be The Same Without You

Help keep Texas State Parks open and maintained so that we can enjoy these special places for generations to come. Donate $5 or more when you renew your vehicle registration. You can donate on the front of your registration renewal form or at your county tax assessor-collector’s office. Learn more at www.texasstateparks.org/help.

Give And Let Live with Donate Life Texas

Thousands of Texans await the gift of life. Donate Life Texas provides comfort for families in crisis and provides life-saving and life-enhancing organ and tissue transplants for patients in need, thanks to individuals and families who choose to donate. Find out more and register to Donate Life at www.donatelifetexas.org/promo/dmv.

Support Special Olympics Texas

Your donation helps thousands of Texas children and adults with intellectual disabilities be more prepared to live and work in their communities. Learn more: www.sotx.org.

Ending Homelessness Fund

There are tens of thousands of homeless people in Texas. A small donation to the Ending Homelessness Fund can help counter the adverse effects that homelessness has on families and communities. Please consider a gift in any amount. Your contribution can deliver crucial services and provide necessary aid directly to those most in need. Learn more at www.txhomelessfund.org.

The Evidence Testing Grant Program

The Evidence Testing Grant Program awards funds to help local law enforcement agencies test sexual assault evidence kits at accredited crime laboratories. Testing these kits may bring justice to survivors of sexual assault, hold offenders accountable, and prevent future crime. Learn more at www.gov.texas.gov/cjd/programs.

 

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