In the state of New Jersey, vehicle registration renewal must be done annually through Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). Although there are no penalties for late registration but you will be issued a ticket if caught driving with expired plates. Before your registration expires, you will receive a renewal notice from the MVC, mentioning the applicable fee, registration renewal deadline and a PIN for online renewals. You will also receive an envelope for renewing by mail. In this case it will take a week for your application to be processed.
Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, pleasure boats and trailers under fifty five thousand pounds can avail the online facility to renew their registration. For other vehicles, owners will have to visit an MVC agency. To renew your registration online you will need your insurance identification card, social security number, registration renewal form and a valid credit card. Your annual notice will also contain the PIN that will be used for online renewals. If renewing in person, you will be required to bring along your license plate number and insurance card as well as proper identification. This method of renewal ensures same-day delivery and hence is perfect if you are nearing the renewal deadline.
MVC agencies accept payments in the forms of cash, checks, money orders and credit cards (Express, Visa or MasterCard). Online transactions are subject to an online convenience fee of $1.5. The renewal fee will be based upon vehicle type, weight and model year. Handicapped vehicle owners and owners above sixty five years of age can avail a seven dollar discount on renewal fee. You can apply for vehicle registration refund by completing and submitting a refund application. Blind and service disabled veterans can avail free car registration provided that they meet certain requirements. Active members of the armed forces are not required to renew their registrations.
The registration documents will be sent to your mailing address that is in MVC records. You must make certain that the address mentioned on the renewal certificate is up to date. If not then you must change it. Vehicle owners must also get emissions check every two years. Registration decals are not issued by MVC anymore.