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    Registration Renewal in West Virginia

    In West Virginia, you will be required to renew your vehicle registration with the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

    The state allows you to renew by mail or in person.

    WV Vehicle Registration Renewal Notice

    The West Virginia DMV mails a registration renewal notice approximately 30 days from the expiration date listed on your registration. This notice will contain pertinent information about your renewal, including your renewal date and the fee you’ll be required to pay.

    Didn’t Receive a Renewal Notice?

    In West Virginia, you are required to renew your registration whether or not you receive your renewal notice. However, if you do not have one, you may use your old WV registration document to renew.

    Renew Your WV Vehicle Registration

    Before your registration is set to expire, you can renew your registration by mail or in person at a WV DMV regional office or any county sheriff’s office.

    By Mail

    To renew your WV registration by mail:

    • Fill out the Registration Renewal Notice (DMV-44-TR), and enclose:
      • A copy of your insurance information.
      • Your personal property tax receipt.
      • Your expiring registration card, if you did not receive a renewal notice.
    • Make out a check or money order for your WV registration renewal fees (see “West Virginia Registration Renewal Fees” below).

    Place everything in a stamped envelope and send to the address listed on the form.

    In Person

    To renew your West Virginia registration in person at your local DMV Regional Office or your local county sheriff’s office, you must provide:

    • A completed Registration Renewal Notice (DMV-44-TR).
      • Bring your expiring registration card, if you do not have a renewal notice.
    • A copy of your insurance information.
    • Your personal property tax receipt.
    • Payment for your WV registration renewal fees (see “West Virginia Registration Renewal Fees” below).

    West Virginia Registration Renewal Fees

    Your vehicle registration fees depend on how long you opt to renew your WV registration.

    • 1 year: $30.
    • 2 years: $60.
    • Duplicate registration or license plate decal: $5.
    • Duplicate license plate: $5.50.

    Acceptable Payment Methods

    • In person:
      • Cash.
      • Check.
      • Money order.
      • Credit card.
    • By mail:
      • Check.
      • Money order.

    Military & Out-of-State Registration Renewal

    If you’re a resident currently outside of West Virginia when your renewal approaches – including an active member of the military – you can keep your WV vehicle registration current by following the “By Mail instructions outlined in the section above titled, Renew Your WV Vehicle Registration.”

    West Virginia Vehicle Inspections

    West Virginia requires safety inspections of all vehicles every 12 months.

    You will NOT need to show proof of vehicle inspection to renew your WV registration. However, it is illegal to drive without a valid inspection sticker.

    NOTE: Emissions testing is NOT required in West Virginia.

    Duplicate Registration or License Plate

    You must replace your license plate and/or registration card if it becomes worn, faded, illegible, or destroyed. If your license plate is stolen or lost, notify the police right away.

    You can replace your license plates, registration, or decals online, by mail, or in person.

    Online

    To replace your WV vehicle registration, plates or decals online:

    • Go to the DMV self-service page.
    • Enter the vehicle owner name.
    • Select the document you are applying for.
    • Submit your contact and vehicle information.
    • Pay the appropriate fees (see “West Virginia Registration Renewal Fees” above).

    By Mail

    To apply for duplicate WV registration, plates, or decals in West Virginia by mail:

    In Person

    To obtain duplicate WV registration, decals, or plates at your regional DMV office:

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