Vehicles Registration and Renewal in Arizona
Registering your vehicle in Arizona can be a hassle if you go into the MVD unprepared. To help you out, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to your Arizona vehicle registration, so you will understand the process and know exactly what to bring to the MVD and what to expect once you get there.
First-Time Arizona Vehicle Registration
Whether you’ve recently bought a car in Arizona or you’ve just moved to the state, you’ll need to register your vehicle within 15 days. You’ll need to bring some paperwork with you to the MVD, including:
- The vehicle’s title
- Proof of insurance
- A completed Title and Registration application
- A lien release (if applicable)
You’ll also pay a registration fee at the office. The amount of these varies depending upon the vehicle, but generally you’ll pay $4 for a title, $8 for registration documents, $5 for license plates, and a $1.50 fee for an air quality inspection. Your vehicle will need to pass a physical inspection as well.
At the MVD office, you’ll be issued new standard license plates. You may also obtain a special plate if you wish; these will end up being mailed to you. You’ll receive your registration stickers which you will then affix to your license plate, and you’re ready to hit the road!
Registration Renewal in Arizona
Residents who are already registered to drive in Arizona will need to renew their registration once a year; some are required at the end of the assigned month, and others have a deadline of the 15th. Car registration in Arizona is valid for either 1 or 2 years; check your registration to determine which applies to your vehicle.
To complete your registration renewal in Arizona, you may submit your application online, by phone, by mail, or in person at the MVD office. Make sure you have your current vehicle registration, as this will also act as your application for renewal. The MVD will send out a notice letting you know whether you also need to pass a vehicle emissions test. You’ll be asked to pay an $8 renewal fee and whatever your vehicle tax fee is, based upon your car. Either fill out the required information & pay the fees online, or send them in to the office through the envelope provided for mail renewal. If renewing by phone or in person, the representative will issue the instructions to you. You will either pick up your new stickers that day at the office, or they will be mailed to you.
Don’t Be Late!
You’ll need to renew your registration by the date specified on your current certificate and renewal notice. As long as you register by that date, or your renewal is postmarked by the date, you will avoid paying late fees. The only exception is if your car fails the emissions test – in that case, you will have an extra 30 days to repair your vehicle, pass the test, and renew your registration.
If you have any questions, contact us here – we’re available every day of the week!