Vehicle Registration Renewal in
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Renew California Vehicle Registration Online

Renew your car registration online faster and without the headache of waiting in line.

  • Instant registration fees check with a secure online checkout for different vehicle types including cars, trucks, and motorcycles
  • Option to pay California registration and service fees with any major credit card or via a 3, 6, or 12 month payment plan
  • An immediately available digital copy that can be printed and used temporarily if selected
  • Comprehensive customer support by phone or email for any questions with the processing or shipment of your registration renewal

Registration Renewal Fees

In addition to a motor vehicle’s initial registration renewal fee, California residents may also be required to pay other fees before they can renew their registration. These fees can include:

  • Local county or district fees for special programs
  • Fees for specialty license plates (Specialty Equipment)
  • Vehicle license fee (VLF) at .65% the value of the vehicle
  • Delinquency fees for things like unpaid tickets and late renewal

If your vehicle has not been operated for over 90 days, you may file for a Planned Non-Operation. Additionally, you may be eligible for a tax deduction on your vehicle license fee (VLF) after you renew your registration. For more information about how California registration fees are calculated, please click here.

Emission and Smog Testing

In the state of California, motor vehicles owners will be required to have their vehicle undergo an emission and smog test every other year. The registration renewal notice that you’ll receive in the mail will state whether or not your motor vehicle requires it on that renewal year. There are some vehicles that do not require smog testing or qualify for a smog exemption. They include:

  • Hybrids
  • Trailers
  • Electric vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • Any vehicle made before 1975
  • Diesel vehicles made before 1997
  • Vehicles less than 6 years old and have paid a $20.00 abatement fee
  • Vehicles powered by natural gas that weigh more than 14,000 pounds
For more information about smog regulations for California registration, please visit the Smog Information page

Replacements of Tags and Registration

If your motor vehicle registration or tags should happen to become lost or stolen, you can order a replacement through eTags or you can fill out and print REG 156 form and mail it in to the address on the form or turn it in in person along with paying the appropriate fee.