Arizona Registration Renewal: In-Person, Online, and By Mail

Arizona residents will renew their vehicle registration usually every 1, 2, or 5 years depending on what they chose during their prior registration or renewal. This process takes place at an Arizona Department of Transportation (DOT) Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).

The AZ MVD sends registered drivers a renewal notification before its due date.

Your renewal notification notes the expected fees, taxes due, outstanding issues, and other applicable requirements. If you did not receive one, note your vehicle’s expiration date as you do not need the notice when visiting the AZ MVD.

In this guide, you’ll learn:

  • How to renew using the in-person, online, or phone in options
  • Your expected forms and fees when processing the renewal

Ready to get everything set for another year of driving? Let’s get into it!

How to Renew Your Registration Online

Renewal is possible if your registration is current or not expired. Your address should be current, too, as this is the address, they’ll send your new documents. Complete any necessary requirements (e.g. emissions testing), then do the following:

  1. Visit ServiceArizona
  2. Follow the on-screen prompts
  3. Enter your personal and vehicle information
  4. Pay the renewal fees
  5. Print the receipt

The state will mail your new registration and sticker. These documents usually arrive within 5 days. If they’re delayed, contact your local AZ DMV for information regarding their status.

How to Renew Your Registration In-Person

  1. Go to an AZ MVD office
  2. Provide your Renewal Information
    1. Option #1: Renewal notice
    2. Option #2: Current registration
  3. Show proofs:
    1. Identification
    2. Residency
    3. Emissions inspection (if applicable)
    4. Insurance (if applicable)
  4. Pay for your Registration Renewal

The in-person renewal shouldn’t take long but do expect a short wait. Call ahead to check availability and timing if you’re in a rush. You’re good to drive for another year after completing these actions.

How to Renew Your Registration by Mail

Mail-in renewals are available for your leisure.

You will:

  1. Get your emissions test (if applicable)
  2. Follow the steps outlined in the renewal notice
  3. Include payment for your renewal fees

Send this information to:

Motor Vehicle Division

4005 N 51st Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85031

You should receive your new registration and sticker in a few days after processing.

What is the Arizona Renewal Fees?

The Arizona vehicle registration renewal fees are:

  • Renewal: $4.50 to $9 (depending on vehicle type)
  • Air quality research fee: $1.50

You will also pay the vehicle license tax (VLT) based on a percentage of the vehicle’s value. The renewal notice details this amount else contact your local DMV for more information.

Note: Arizona does not have a grace period with renewals. Missing your renewal may incur an $8 penalty (1st month) then $4 (each month after). So, make sure you’re on time to avoid extra costs!

Does Your Vehicle Need an Emissions Test before Renewal?

Yes, for an applicable vehicle.

Many vehicles do, regardless, and should consider:

  • Getting it done sometime throughout the year before the renewal
  • Making it a point to do emissions close (but before) the renewal

You can do the renewal up to 6 months ahead if you don’t require emissions testing. Or, 3 months ahead if your so. Check with your DMV or refer to the renewal notice for details.

Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Titles and Tags

You never know what can happen to your vehicle’s documentation. Sometimes they’re lost during a move, other times they become so damaged they’re unrecognizable. It’s not uncommon someone steals them, too! If this is the case, refer to our Title Replacement Guide to get these items sorted.