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Car Titles and Registration: When to Renew

Car titles and registrations are essential documents that require periodic renewal to ensure compliance with state laws and regulations. Here's a guide to help you understand when to renew your car title and registration:

Car Registration Renewal:

Annual Renewal: 

In many states, car registrations must be renewed annually. The renewal period is typically based on the owner's birth month or the initial registration date.

Renewal Notices: 

Most states send out renewal notices via mail or email to remind vehicle owners of upcoming expiration dates. These notices often include instructions on how to renew online, in person, or by mail.

Renewal Methods: 

Car registration renewal can usually be done online through the state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website, in person at a DMV office, or by mail using the provided renewal form.


There is usually a fee associated with renewing your car registration. The amount varies depending on factors such as vehicle type, weight, and location.

Late Renewal: 

It's important to renew your car registration before the expiration date to avoid late fees or penalties. Some states offer a grace period, while others may impose fines for late renewals.

Out-of-State Renewals: 

If you're temporarily residing out of state but still need to renew your car registration, check with your home state's DMV for instructions on how to renew remotely.

Military Exemptions: 

Active-duty military personnel may be eligible for registration renewal exemptions or extensions. Contact your state's DMV to inquire about military-specific renewal options.

Car Title Renewal:

Title Transfer: 

When buying or selling a vehicle, the title must be transferred to the new owner. This process typically involves applying for a new title with the DMV.

Title Renewal: 

Once a car title is issued, it does not need to be renewed regularly like a registration. However, if there are changes to the title, such as a name change or lien release, it may need to be updated or renewed accordingly.

Name Changes:

If your legal name changes due to marriage, divorce, or other reasons, you may need to update your car title accordingly. This typically involves submitting documentation to the DMV along with a title amendment application.

Lienholder Changes: 

If you've paid off a car loan and the lienholder's information needs to be removed from the title, you'll need to apply for a new title reflecting the lien release.

Lost or Damaged Titles: 

If your car title is lost, stolen, or damaged, you may need to apply for a replacement title through the DMV. This process usually requires completing an application form and paying a fee.

Vehicle Inspections: 

In some states, vehicle inspections are required periodically for safety and emissions purposes. These inspections may be tied to the title renewal process, so it's essential to check local requirements.

At Auto Tags of East Broward, we help you secure title transfers, register your out-of-state vehicles, and provide other consultation and Fort Lauderdale DMV alternative services in South Florida. Don’t waste your time at any other Broward County tag agencies when you can stop by East Broward Auto Tags. We specialize in all things Broward County tag and title, including LOCATION tag renewals, and more. Check out our website here or find our online renewals page here to get started.

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