Renewing a Registration

Registration

The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will mail you a Registration Renewal Application (RMV-2 form) six (6) to eight (8) weeks prior to your current registration expiration date. If you have outstanding obligations, you will instead receive a Non-Renewal Letter.

If you do not receive an RMV-2 form, and do not have outstanding obligations, use the Change of Address transaction to verify and, if necessary, change your address.

If your address is correct, contact your insurance agent for an Application to Renew Registration (RMV-3 form). The RMV-3 form must be completed, stamped, and signed by your insurance agent before renewing your vehicle.

Refer to the Registration Inquiry to check your registration status or for any outstanding obligations.

Processing Time

  • Online, by phone, or by mail: Allow at least ten (10) business days for your registration and plate decal to be mailed to your address on file.
  • In person by Electronic Vehicle Registration (EVR), AAA, or at a RMV Full Service Center: You will receive your registration and decal at the time your application is processed.

NOTE: If your vehicle is leased, your registration will be mailed to the leasing company. If you do not receive your new registration and plate decal, contact your leasing company.

Fees

Refer to the Fee Chart for a listing of registration fees.

Renewal Options

The most convenient ways to renew your registration are online or by phone. You may also renew your registration at an EVR location, select AAA offices, by mail, or in person. All outstanding obligations must be cleared before you can renew your registration.

Online

You can renew online ONLY when an insurance stamp is NOT required.

You will need:

  • Your registration number
  • Payment by check, credit card, or debit card
  • Your driver’s license number

Automated Phone System

If a phone ID is listed in the box on your RMV-2 form, you can use the automated phone system. Call toll-free 1-866-MassRMV (1-866-627-7768) and follow voice instructions.

You will need:

  • Your RMV-2 form
  • Payment by credit card or debit card
  • Your listed phone ID

By Telephone

You can renew by calling the Contact Center.

You will need:

  • Your registration number
  • Payment by credit card
  • Your driver’s license number

Electronic Vehicle Registration (EVR)

Contact your insurance agent or vehicle dealer to learn if they are an EVR provider.

You will need:

  • Your completed RMV-2 or RMV-3 with insurance stamp (if applicable)
  • Payment by cash, check (payable to EVR provider), credit card, or debit card (payment options vary by location)
  • Your driver’s license

Select AAA Offices

AAA members can visit select AAA offices to renew.

You will need:

  • Your completed RMV-2 or RMV-3 with insurance stamp (if applicable)
  • Payment by cash, check or money order (payable to AAA)
  • Your driver's license

By Mail

You will need:

  • Your completed RMV-2 with insurance stamp (if applicable)
  • Payment by check or money order payable to MassDOT; include plate number on payment
  • Envelope provided with the RMV-2

Mail to:
Attn: Mail-In Registrations
Registry of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 55891
Boston, MA 02205-5891

NOTE: Renewing by mail involves the longest processing time and delays may occur.

In Person

Visit any RMV Full Service Center.

You will need:

  • Your completed RMV-2 or RMV-3 with insurance stamp (if applicable)
  • Payment by cash, check, or money order payable to MassDOT; include plate number on payment
  • Cash is not accepted at the Attleboro and Natick RMV Service Centers.

Non-Renewal Letter

You will receive a non-renewal letter if you have outstanding obligations, such as:

  • Unpaid parking tickets
  • Excise tax bills
  • Abandoned vehicle citations
  • Outstanding child support obligations or warrants

Unpaid Excise Tax and Parking Tickets

  • You must pay unpaid excise tax bills and parking tickets to the city/town that issued the bill/ticket.
  • You must present the original clearance notice in person to renew.

Outstanding Warrant

  • You must obtain a recall notice if you have an outstanding warrant from the court which issued the warrant.
  • You must present the original recall notice in person to renew.

Child Support

  • You must obtain releases from the Department of Revenue (DOR) if you have any outstanding child support obligations
  • You must present the original releases in person to renew.
  • DOR’s telephone number is 1-800-332-2733




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