Renewing a Registration

You may renew your vehicle registration by Internet, mail, phone, or in person. You will receive a Renewal Form (RMV-2) in the mail six (6) to eight (8) weeks before the expiration date of your current registration. If you did not receive an RMV-2 or a non-renewal letter in the mail, you should call the Telephone Center to verify your address listed on our database. The Telephone Center will update RMV records with your correct address prior to renewing your Registration.

Fees
For a complete list of Registration fees, please refer to our fee chart.

Processing Time
If renewing by Internet, mail or phone, please allow at least 10 days processing time for your new registration certificate and year of expiration decal to be mailed to you. If renewing in person, you will receive your new registration certificate and a year of expiration decal for your rear plate.

Outstanding Obligations
Please note that you will not receive an RMV-2 if you have any unpaid parking tickets, excise tax bills, abandoned vehicle citations, or outstanding child support obligations or warrants. All unpaid tickets and outstanding obligations/warrants must be cleared through the issuing agency before a registration can be renewed.

  • If you have any outstanding parking tickets, excise tax bills or abandoned vehicle citations, you must obtain releases from the city or town involved. You must present the original releases to renew.
  • If you have an outstanding warrant, you must obtain a recall notice from the court that issued the warrant. You must present the original recall notices to renew.
  • If you have any outstanding child support obligations, you must obtain releases from the Department of Revenue. The telephone number is 1-800-332-2733. You must present the original releases to renew.

If you have no outstanding obligations and your address is correct on our system but you did not receive an RMV-2, you should contact your insurance agent who can give you an Application to Renew (RMV-3). The RMV-3 must be completed, stamped and signed by your insurance agent before renewing. Indicate any changes or corrections on the RMV-2 or RMV-3 by marking an "X" in the amendment box and providing the necessary corrections.

To Renew on the Internet:

You may renew your registration on the Internet if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have a private passenger registration, or
  • You have a commercial registration owned by an individual.
  • You have a MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover.
  • Your renewal card is marked "Ins. Stamp Not Needed Active Policy on File."

If you have everything you need, proceed to the Registration Renewal page and follow the instructions.

To Renew by Mail:

Mail in your RMV-2 or RMV-3 and renewal fee (check, or money order only), to the address below.

Before mailing in your renewal, be sure you meet the following criteria:

  • All information on the RMV-2 or RMV-3 is complete.
  • Your insurance agent stamps and signs your renewal card if it is marked "Ins. Stamp Required."
  • You do not have any outstanding obligations or unpaid tickets.

*You may mail the original releases with your renewal card and fee.

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

To Renew by Phone:

Call the Telephone Center and tell the representative you would like to renew your registration.

Before calling, make sure you meet the following criteria:

  • You have a private passenger registration, or
  • You have a commercial registration owned by an individual.
  • You have a MasterCard, Visa or Discover.
  • Your renewal card is marked "Ins. Stamp Not Needed Active Policy on File."

To Renew in Person:

Visit any full service RMV center to renew your registration if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have no outstanding obligations or unpaid tickets.
  • Your insurance agent stamps and signs the RMV-2 if the renewal card is marked "Ins. Stamp Required."

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