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    Introduction

    Arizona requires all residents to register their vehicles with Arizona's Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). Residents are also required to maintain a valid registration on vehicles by renewing before the end of their registration cycles.

    New to Arizona?

    You need a first-time registration when you purchase a car or move to a new state. Learn everything you need to know about first-time registration on our Car Registration page.

    Arizona Registration Renewal Cycles

    Vehicles registered in AZ fall under one of three possible renewal cycles:

    • 1 year renewal
    • 2 years renewal
    • 5 year renewal

    NOTE: Vehicles that only receive a “basic” emissions test, along with out-of-state exemptions, are NOT eligible for either the two-year or the five-year renewals.

    Five-Year Renewal

    The following types of vehicles are eligible for a five-year renewal:

    • New vehicles that have not been registered before.
    • Vehicles registered outside of the Tucson and Phoenix metro areas.
    • Vehicles manufactured in 1966 or earlier.
    • Motorcycles registered in the Tucson metro area.
    • Hydrogen, solar, and electric-powered vehicles.

    AZ Registration Renewal Notice

    The MVD will send you a renewal notice several weeks before your registration's expiration date.

    Your notice will include:

    • Your renewal fee.
    • Taxes due.
    • "Renew by" date (either the 15th of the month or last day of the month during the year in which you must renew).
    • Emissions testing requirement.
    • Outstanding issues (unpaid tickets or fines) that may prevent you from renewing.

    Didn’t Receive a Renewal Notice?

    You do not need an MVD renewal notice to renew your AZ registration. You are, however, responsible for renewing your registration on time even if you do not receive a renewal reminder.

    If you didn't receive a notice, contact your local MVD office or call the MVD help desk at (800) 251-5866 for help on how to proceed with renewing your registration.

    Renewing Your Arizona Car Registration

    Arizona provides four options for renewing your registration: online, by phone, by mail, and in person.

    Renew Online

    • Successfully complete a vehicle emissions inspection, if necessary (the MVD is automatically notified of the result).
    • Go to the MVD’s EZ Renewal Page (Spanish).
    • Enter the record number located on your renewal notice and/or current registration.
    • Enter the last 2 digits of your vehicle identification number (VIN).
    • Confirm all information is correct.
    • Pay your renewal fee.
    • Print your renewal receipt.

    You should receive your new registration and sticker by mail in about 5 business days. Contact your local MVD office if you do not receive your registration documents in a timely fashion.

    NOTE: The MVD’s EZ Renewal Page is unable to process renewals due to maintenance during the following times:

    • Every day from 11:50 p.m.―12:10 a.m.

    Renew by Phone

    • Complete a vehicle emissions inspection, if applicable (the MVD is automatically notified of the result).
    • Call (888) 713-3031.
    • Enter requested identification information from your renewal notice or current registration.
    • Pay your renewal fee using a credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover).

    Renew by Mail

    • Complete a vehicle emissions inspection, if applicable (the MVD is automatically notified of the result).
    • Follow the directions on your renewal notice.
    • Pay your renewal fee with check or money order made out to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division.
    • Send payment and renewal notice in the return envelope provided with your reminder.

    If you do not have the return envelope, send everything to:

    Motor Vehicle Division
    4005 N 51st Ave.
    Phoenix, AZ 85031

    Registrations will not be considered late as long as they are postmarked by the expiration date.

    Renew in Person

    Pass a vehicle emissions inspection (if applicable), before visiting your local MVD office. When you arrive, have:

    • Your MVD renewal notice or current or expired AZ registration.
    • Proof of auto insurance, if necessary.
    • Payment for renewal fee.

    You will be given your new registration materials before you leave.

    Registration Renewal Fees in AZ

    Arizona vehicle renewal fees vary, as there are a number of different elements that go into calculating them.

    • A $4.50, $8, or $9 registration fee depending on the vehicle type.
    • A $1.50 air quality research fee.
    • A vehicle license tax (see below).
    • Additional fees for specialized license plates.

    Vehicle License Tax (VLT)

    The VLT is based on a percentage of the retail value of your vehicle and will change with every renewal as the value of your vehicle depreciates. Your renewal notice will list the total amount of your renewal fee, including your VLT. If you don't receive an MVD notice, contact your local MVD office for help in calculating your fee. Or call the MVD HELPDESK:

    • Phoenix: (602) 255-0072
    • Tucson: (520) 629-9808
    • All other AZ regions: (800) 251-5866

    Late Fees and Penalties

    The MVD does not offer a grace period. Your registration will expire either on the 15th or at the end of your renewal month. As long as you renew or your mailed paperwork is postmarked by the deadline, you will not be charged late fees.

    If you are late with your registration renewal, you must pay an $8 penalty for the first month and $4 for each month thereafter.

    Exception for Late Renewal

    If your vehicle fails a smog check before your registration expires, the MVD will grant you an extra 30 days past your renewal date to get the car repaired, pass an emissions test, and complete the renewal process.

    Liability Insurance Requirements

    Liability insurance is required by state law. If you allow your coverage to lapse, the MVD may revoke your registration and/or driver’s license. The MVD requires that you submit proof of insurance when initially registering so as to have it on file. Depending on the circumstance, you may be asked to provide proof of insurance when renewing. You must update your insurance information following any changes in your coverage.

    Learn more about Arizona's insurance requirements at our Car Insurance Center.

    Canceling Car Insurance?

    Complete a De-Insured Certificate (Form 46-0602) through the MVD if you opt not to renew your vehicle registration.

    Arizona Vehicle Inspections

    The MVD requires most vehicles to undergo regular emissions inspections before registration renewal. Your registration renewal notice will show if an emissions test is required.

    If you commute to the Phoenix or Tucson metro areas, you are required to get emissions testing, even if your registration renewal notice does not mandate it.

    The MVD will allow you to renew your registration up to 6 months in advance if no emissions test is required. Or up to 3 months early if emissions testing is needed.

    Learn more about smog check testing at our Emissions page.

    Registration Renewal for AZ Military Members

    If you’re an AZ resident serving as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces out of state, you may renew your registration by following the standard methods for renewal, just as if you were in the state.

    Deployed Out of Country

    If you’re temporarily deployed out of the country, you may apply for a 1-year emissions exemption, provided your vehicle will not be driven while you are away. To apply for an exemption:

    • Apply within 90 days of your expiration.
    • Complete a Military Exemption Form, which must include your Commanding Officer’s signature.
    • Make copies of your military orders.
    • Write a check or money order payable to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) for the $9.50 processing fee.

    Mail everything to the one of the two following addresses:

    Phoenix-area residents

    Arizona Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program
    600 N. 40th Street
    Phoenix, AZ 85008

    Tucson-area residents

    Arizona Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program
    4040 E. 29th Street
    Tucson, AZ 85711

    Military Renewal Fee Exemption

    You may apply to have your renewal fees waived all together for 1 year if you meet one of the following criteria:

    • As a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Reserves and National Guard, you are deployed in support of a worldwide contingency outside of Arizona.
    • You served in Operations Enduring Freedom or Noble Eagle as a member of the Arizona National Guard or Reserves.

    To apply for a fee waiver, complete a Special Military Exemption (Form 96-0240) and submit it to your local MVD office.

    Find more detailed information on our Drivers in the Military page.

    Renew a Non-Operational Vehicle

    To renew the expired registration of a vehicle that has been non-operational for an extended period of time, visit your local MVD office and:

    • Present your license plate number or VIN.
    • Present a completed Penalty Fee Waiver (Form 48-9402). This form verifies that your vehicle has not been driven on any state roads and, therefore exempting you from past due registration fees.
    • Pay your renewal fees.

    Additional requirements may apply if your vehicle’s registration has been expired for five years or more. Contact your local MVD office for specific information.

    Replacement Registration & License Plates

    Getting a replacement AZ registration certificate, license plate, or sticker is required if any are lost, damaged, or unreadable.

    Replacement Registration and Tabs

    You may apply for both a replacement registration certificate and tab online or in person at any MVD or authorized third-party office. Online replacement registrations will print from your home printer, whereas online replacement tabs will be mailed to you with a new registration certificate.

    Replacement License Plates

    You must obtain a replacement license plate at your local MVD office, an authorized third-party office, or by mail. Provide:

    • Your license plate number and/or your vehicle identification number (VIN).
    • Payment for the $5 replacement fee.

    If replacing by mail, complete the Plate Notice (Form 48-3302) and send everything to:

    Title Maintenance Unit
    Motor Vehicle Division
    P.O. Box 2100
    Phoenix, AZ 85001

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