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    Registration Renewal in Delaware

    When your vehicle registration expires, you must renew it with the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You can do so either by mail or in person.

    DE Vehicle Registration Renewal Notice

    Your renewal notice outlines your eligibility and all requirements for you to renew your DE car registration. The Delaware DMV does not automatically send out registration renewal notices. In order to receive a notification from the DMV, you must register online at the DE DMV website.

    You will then be given the option for alerts by e-mail or automated phone messages prior to the expiration date of your DE vehicle registration.

    NOTE: You are responsible for renewing your vehicle registration on time, even if you did not receive a registration renewal notice from the Delaware DMV.

    Renew Your Delaware Vehicle Registration

    The Delaware DMV allows you to process your vehicle registration renewal by mail or in person, depending on your eligibility.

    NOTE: If your registration has expired, the DE DMV will add on a $10 late fee.

    By Mail

    To renew your DE vehicle registration by mail, your vehicle must meet all of the following criteria:

    • Be 4 years old or newer.
    • Weigh less than 10,000 lbs.
    • Not require a vehicle inspection.

    If your vehicle is eligible for registration renewal by mail, you must:

    • Follow the instructions in the registration package that the DMV mails you.
      • If your e-mail is on file, your Delaware registration renewal notice will be sent by e-mail.
    • Be sure to include a check for the appropriate registration renewal fee (see “Delaware Vehicle Registration Renewal Fees” below).

    In Person

    To renew your DE vehicle registration in person at your local Delaware DMV office, you must bring your:

    • Proof of Delaware car insurance.
    • Proof of passing a vehicle inspection, if applicable.
    • Odometer reading.
    • Delaware driver’s license.
    • Current vehicle registration certificate.
    • Payment for your registration renewal fee (see “Delaware Vehicle Registration Renewal Fees” below).

    Delaware Vehicle Registration Renewal Fees

    The cost to renew vehicle registration annually in Delaware varies by vehicle type and weight.

    • Passenger vehicles: $40.
    • Commercial vehicles:
      • $40 per year for the first 5,000 lbs.
      • $18 for each additional 1,000 lbs.

    For a complete list of registration renewal fees, please visit the DE state DMV website.

    Other Registration Fees in Delaware:

    • Renewal late fee: $10.
    • Duplicate registration card: $2.
    • Duplicate registration decal: $1.
    • Duplicate license plate with decal: $6.
    • Duplicate license plate without decal: $5.

    Acceptable Payment Methods

    Delaware DMV offices accept the following payment methods:

    • Cash.
    • Checks.
    • Money orders.
    • Debit or credit cards (e.g., Discover, VISA, MasterCard and American Express).

    If you process your registration renewal by mail, you must send a check to the DMV. Do NOT send cash.

    NOTE: For added convenience, you may use the drive-thru window to renew your Delaware vehicle registration.

    Vehicle Inspections

    If your vehicle is in its first 5 model years, you will not need a safety or emissions test for your registration renewal. Once your vehicle goes beyond this period, the Delaware DMV will require you to pass the vehicle inspection every 2 years.

    Your DE renewal notice will indicate whether you need to complete a vehicle inspection. If you do, you’re allowed to have it completed up to 90 days before your renewal date.

    For complete information about the general requirements for Delaware vehicle inspections, please visit the DE DMV website.

    You may also visit our page about Smog & Emission Checks in Delaware.

    Military Member & Out-of-State Renewals

    If you’re stationed beyond a 250 mile radius of your nearest Delaware DMV office, you can download the Out-of-State Vehicle Inspection Report (Form MV210) online, or request one from the DE DMV Registration Correspondence office.

    Take the packet and your vehicle to a nearby repair facility or state-operated inspection lane. Your packet contains instructions for the person inspecting your vehicle to follow.

    Upon completion, you must obtain an endorsement from the inspector indicating your vehicle complies with the safety and emission standards in Delaware.

    After the inspection, you must mail all of the following documents to the address listed in your Out-of-State Inspection Packet:

    • A photocopy of your:
      • Delaware driver’s license.
      • Delaware auto insurance card (must be current).
    • The endorsement of your mechanic.
    • A self-addressed envelope with your current address (not mandatory, but strongly suggested by the DMV).
    • A check or money order for your registration renewal fee (please see “Delaware Vehicle Registration Renewal Fees” above).

    Duplicate Registration or License Plate

    Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Damaged DE Registration

    If your DE car registration certificate is missing or damaged to the extent that it is no longer legible, you may apply for a replacement by visiting any Delaware DMV office with:

    • Valid proof of DE car insurance.
    • Your license plate number.
    • Payment for your $2 duplicate registration card fee (see “Delaware Vehicle Registration Renewal Fees” above).

    A Delaware DMV agent will process your replacement registration immediately.

    Replace a Lost Stolen or Damaged DE License Plate

    If you suspect your license plate was stolen, the Delaware DMV strongly suggests ordering a new license plate number. If you apply for a specialized plate, the DMV will issue a temporary plate until your permanent plate arrives in the mail.

    To replace your license plate in Delaware, you must visit your local DE DMV office with:

    • Proof of auto insurance.
    • Your vehicle title.
    • Payment for the $6 replacement license plate fee (with sticker).
      • See “Delaware Vehicle Registration Renewal Fees” above.
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