Making sure that the car you drive is safe and legal is important. There are a variety of factors that go into keeping a car in top shape. For most Massachusetts residents, keeping their car registered with the Registry of Motor Vehicles is a top priority. You will usually get a notice six to eight weeks before your registration needs to be renewed. By having this type of notice from the state of Massachusetts, you will not have to worry about paying a late fee. Once you have received the notice, you will be able to renew the registration in a number of different ways.

Using the online option

If you are wanting to use the online option to renew your registration, then here is how you will need to go about it:

  • Go to the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles website
  • Select the type of plates that you want
  • Enter the registration number
  • Give a valid email address

Doing it by mail

In some instances, a person will want to handle this process by mail. Here is what you will need to do in order to successfully do this:

  • Complete the Renewal Form
  • Have your insurance agent stamp and sign the form
  • Be sure there are no outstanding ticket

Once you have gathered all of this, send them to the following address:

ATTN: Mail-in Registration
P.O. Box 55891
Boston, MA 02205

Renew in person

In order to do this renewal in person, you will need to go to the local RMV. The following items will need to be taken with you:

  • The Renewal Form
  • The money to pay the fees
  • The current registration that is about to expire

Fees to pay

Getting the registration on a car renewed will cost money. Here are the fees that you will need to take care of during this process:

  • Passenger cars are $60 to renew for two years
  • Motorcycles $20 for a one year renewal

The safety inspection

At one time or another, you will need to take your car in for a vehicle inspection. The notice that you will receive will usually have the information regarding where to go. Go to the Massachusetts DMV website to get information on this process.

This article originally appeared on as How to Renew Your Car Registration in Massachusetts and was authored by Valerie Johnston.

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