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Renewing Your Vehicle Registration by Telephone

Renew by calling DMV on a touchtone telephone and using a credit card to pay for your renewal transaction. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards. The call is toll-free and takes less than five minutes.

Before You Dial

  • Review your pre-printed vehicle renewal notice that arrived in the mail. If your address is incorrect on the notice, you can still use the touchtone system to renew. If any other information is incorrect, call DMV at (804) 497-7100. Speak with a DMV customer service agent and explain the incorrect information.
  • Have your credit card and vehicle renewal notice handy when you call. If your vehicle requires an emissions certificate at renewal time, have the certificate in front of you when you call.

Make the Call

Dial toll-free 1-888-337-4782.

You'll be greeted by an automated attendant. Follow the instructions and enter your credit card number and other information using the keys on your touchtone phone. Be sure to use the pound key (#) and not the asterisk (*) key.

You can renew more than one vehicle when using the system. Simply follow the automated instructions.

Multi-Year Discounts

If you renew your vehicle registration for two years, you will receive a $2 discount. You can save even more by renewing your registration for three years and receive a $3 discount. However, multi-year discounts are not available in all cases. Please see below for a list of exceptions.

  • Two- and three-year registrations are not available if your vehicle has a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more, is registered under the International Registration Plan, or if you have paid the uninsured motor vehicle fee.
  • The three year registration is not available when you initially register your vehicle.
  • The three year registration is not available if your vehicle is garaged in Arlington, Fairfax City, Loudon, Prince William, Stafford, Alexandria, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Manassas or Manassas Park, since vehicles in these localities are subject to an every other year emissions inspection.

When to Expect Your Decals to Arrive

Most customers receive their vehicle registration materials within five days, but U.S. mail delivery times vary. Please allow 15 days to receive your decals before contacting DMV.