Registration Renewal in West Virginia

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.

Renewing Your WV Vehicle Registration

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

If you've already renewed your vehicle's registration, you can check the status of your order by contacting the WV DMV.

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How to Renew Registration 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.

How to Renew 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: $51.50.
  • 2 years: $103.
  • Duplicate registration or license plate decal: $10.
  • Duplicate license plate: $10.50.

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 24 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.


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:


Request for a Replacement Registration Card, License Plate Decal, or License Plate
Request a replacement registration card, license plate decal, OR license plates from the Division of Motor Vehicles.
Registration Renewal Notice
Renew your car registration with the West Virginia DMV.
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