How to Renew Vehicle Registration in Arizona

How to Renew Vehicle Registration in Arizona

*Information accurate as of 2015

If you’re looking to renew your vehicle registration in Arizona, you have several different renewal cycles to choose from based on the current registration status of your car.

These are the basic registration renewal cycles that you can choose from, or you might be eligible for:

  • 1 year renewal
  • 2 years renewal
  • 5 years renewal

Not all vehicles in Arizona are going to be eligible for all three types of renewal cycles. For example, if your car only receives a “basic” emissions test, then it’s only eligible for a 1 year renewal and it’s prohibited from a 2 year or 5 year renewal cycle. If your car has out-of-state exemptions, it’s also only eligible for the 1 year registration renewal cycle.

So what types of cars are eligible for a registration renewal cycle of five years? If you own…

  • A new vehicle that’s never been registered before.
  • A vehicle that you’ve previously registered outside of the Tucson and Phoenix metro areas.
  • A vehicle that was manufactured in 1966 or earlier.
  • A motorcycle that’s previously or currently registered in the Tucson metro area.
  • A hydrogen, solar, or electric-powered vehicle.

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Renew Your Registration in Arizona?

Typically, the Arizona MVD will send you a notice a few weeks before your current registration’s expiration date to remind you to renew it before it expires. Even if you don’t receive a reminder in the mail, they’ll still hold you responsible for renewing your registration on time. Here’s what will be included in the notice you’ll likely receive:

  • Your renewal fee.
  • Taxes due.
  • “Renew by” date (either the 15th of the month or last day of the month during the year in which you must renew).
  • Emissions testing requirement.
  • Outstanding issues (unpaid tickets or fines) that may prevent you from renewing.

How To Start the Renewal Process

You have four options to choose from when renewing your vehicle registration in the state of Arizona. You can…

  1. Renew by phone
  2. Renew online
  3. Renew in person
  4. Renew via mail

According to the Arizona MVD, here are the requirements associated with the different renewal options:

By Phone

  • Complete a vehicle emissions inspection, if applicable (the MVD is automatically notified of the result).
  • Call (888) 713-3031.
  • Enter requested identification information from your renewal notice or current registration.
  • Pay your renewal fee using a credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover).

Through the Website

In Person

Pass a vehicle emissions inspection (if applicable), before visiting your local MVD office. When you arrive, have:

  • Your MVD renewal notice or current or expired AZ registration.
  • Proof of auto insurance, if necessary.
  • Payment for renewal fee.

By Mail

  • Complete a vehicle emissions inspection, if applicable (the MVD is automatically notified of the result).
  • Follow the directions on your renewal notice.
  • Pay your renewal fee with check or money order made out to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division.
  • Send payment and renewal notice in the return envelope provided with your reminder.

If you do not have the return envelope, send everything to:

Motor Vehicle Division
4005 N 51st Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85031

Registrations will not be considered late as long as they are postmarked by the expiration date.

The fees for renewing your vehicle registration can vary throughout the state of Arizona, but they typically look like this:

  • A $4.50, $8, or $9 registration fee depending on the vehicle type.
  • A $1.50 air quality research fee.
  • A vehicle license tax (see below).
  • Additional fees for specialized license plates.