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    Vehicle Registration Renewal in Pennsylvania

    Before your Pennsylvania vehicle registration expires, you must renew it with the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Driver and Vehicle Services.

    On this page you’ll find information about renewing your registration online, by mail, and in person.

    PA Registration Renewal Notice

    Before your vehicle registration expires, PennDOT will mail you a renewal notice/application.

    If you did not receive a renewal notice, you will need to complete a Request for Registration (Form MV-140). Send the completed form and payment to:

    Department of Transportation
    1101 South Front Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17104

    See “Fees to Renew Your Registration” below for information on renewal costs.

    Renew Your PA Vehicle Registration

    You can renew your Pennsylvania vehicle registration online, by mail, and in person.

    After you complete your vehicle registration renewal, you will receive your permanent registration card in the mail within 10 days.

    NOTE: Every year, your vehicle will need to pass a safety inspection and an emissions test, if applicable. Please see the “PA Safety Inspections & Emissions Testing” section below for more information.

    Online

    You can renew your vehicle registration online if:

    • The PennDOT has your current name and address on file.
    • Your registration will expire in 6 months or less.

    To renew your registration online, visit the PennDOT website and:

    • Provide your:
      • First 8 digits of your title number.
      • PA license plate number.
      • Insurance information.
      • Odometer reading.
    • Print your temporary registration card.
    • Pay the renewal fee. (See the “Fees to Renew Your PA Vehicle Registration” section below.)

    By Mail

    To renew your Pennsylvania vehicle registration by mail, follow the instructions on your renewal notice.

    Return your renewal notice and payment (see the “Fees to Renew Your PA Vehicle Registration” section below) to PennDOT at the address indicated on your notice.

    If you have lost your notice or never received one, see “Renewal Notice in Pennsylvania” above.

    In Person

    To renew your PA vehicle registration in person, visit your local Pennsylvania DMV office or an on-line messenger service center with:

    • Your renewal notice/application.
      OR
    • A completed Request for Registration (form MV-140), if you do not have your renewal notice.
    • Payment. (See the “Fees to Renew Your PA Vehicle Registration” section below.)

    NOTE: On-line messenger services are third-party providers, and you may need to pay additional fees if renewing at an on-line messenger service. See “Fees to Renew Your PA Vehicle Registration” below.

    Fees to Renew Your PA Vehicle Registration

    Your PennDOT vehicle registration renewal will cost you the following fees.

    NOTE: On-line messengers are independent from the PA DMV. If you complete your vehicle registration renewal at an on-line messenger service center, you may be charged an additional service fee.

    • Passenger vehicle: $36.
    • Motorcycle: $18.
    • Retired person vehicle registration: $10 (see the “Retired Pennsylvania Residents” section below).

    Other vehicle registration fees vary by weight and vehicle class; please see the PennDOT website for a complete list of registration renewal fees.

    Duplicate Registration Documents, Stickers, and License Plates

    If you need to replace your registration card, sticker, or license plate, it will cost you the following fees:

    • Registration card (during an original registration, transfer, or renewal): $1.50.
    • Registration card (stand-alone request): $4.50.
    • License plate or license plate sticker: $7.50.

    Accepted Forms of Payment

    • Online renewals: Credit/debit card.
    • By-mail renewals: Check or money order.
    • In-person renewals: Credit/debit card, check, or money order.

    NOTE: Checks and money orders must be made payable to “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

    Retired Pennsylvania Residents

    If you are retired and receiving Social Security or pension payments, you can apply for a discounted retired status registration renewal fee when you renew your registration.

    You will need to complete your PA vehicle registration renewal by mail or in person (“Renew Your PA Vehicle Registration” above) and also complete an Application for a Retired Person’s $10 Processing Fee on a Vehicle Registration (form MV-371) in addition to your registration renewal documents.

    Either take your documents and payment to your local PennDOT office, or mail them to:

    Department of Transportation
    1101 South Front Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17104

    Military Member Vehicle Registration Renewal

    If you are an active duty military member stationed outside of Pennsylvania, you can renew your vehicle registration online or by mail.

    Within 10 days of returning to Pennsylvania, you must get your vehicle inspected (see “PA Safety Inspections & Emissions Testing” below).

    If you’d like to receive your PennDOT registration card and license plate sticker at an out-of-state address, complete a Self Certification for Proof of Residency form (MV-8). Send it to the address specified on the form.

    NOTE: You must maintain insurance coverage for your vehicle to remain registered in Pennsylvania.

    PA Safety Inspections & Emissions Testing

    Every year, your vehicle will need to pass a safety and emissions inspection before your registration renewal.

    For specific requirements and testing station locations in your county, please see the Drive Clean Pennsylvania website.

    Your vehicle must pass an emissions test if:

    • Your vehicle is gas-powered, weighs 9,000 lbs. or less, and model year 1975 or newer.
    • You live in one of the following counties:
      • Allegheny.
      • Beaver.
      • Bucks.
      • Chester.
      • Delaware.
      • Montgomery.
      • Philadelphia.
      • Washington.
      • Westmoreland.

    Your vehicle may be exempt from emissions testing if:

    • You drive it less than 5,000 miles per year.
    • It is a motorcycle.

    To determine which inspections your vehicle will need to pass before you can renew your registration, use the Drive Clean Pennsylvania Emission Test Calculator.

    Duplicate Registration or License Plate

    If your Pennsylvania license plate, registration card, or license plate sticker has been lost, stolen, or damaged, you can request a duplicate.

    You’ll need:

    Take the above to your local Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) office or mail them to:

    Department of Transportation
    1101 South Front Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17104