Your vehicle registration sticker displays your license plate number, county of registration and partial vehicle identification number. This customization helps protect you against theft and fraud. Registration expires on the last day of the month shown on your sticker. For example, if your sticker shows a date of 12/17, your registration is valid through the last day of December 2017.
Stickers for motorcycles are smaller and are displayed in the top right corner of the license plate.
Since March 1, 2015, your current registration sticker also serves as proof of vehicle inspection.
Your vehicle must have a current passing inspection to qualify for vehicle registration.
Vehicles may be registered in the following ways:
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.
Renew Your Registration Online!
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)
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.