Renewing Missouri License Plates

Missouri license plates must be renewed during the expiration month or before. You can renew them up to six months early, and you have up to three convenient renewal options:

Because it’s easy to put things off, the busiest time in license offices is near the end of each month. If you plan ahead and visit any Missouri license office earlier than that, you will have a quicker visit. Make sure you read your renewal notice and have your paperwork ready to go, and your license office visit will run smoothly.

NOTE: Vehicle owners may only obtain two year-registration for an even model year vehicle in an even calendar year, or for an odd model year vehicle in an odd calendar year.


Missouri Resident

You may renew your license plates online, by mail, or at any Missouri license office.

To renew your license plates, you will need:

  1. Your Vehicle Registration Renewal Notice;
  2. A Missouri safety inspection and/or emissions inspection certificate not more than 60 days old, if applicable;
  3. A paid personal property tax receipt (original, copy, or electronic if legible) or a statement of non-assessment from your county of residence (or city of St. Louis) for the previous year for a one year registration. If the registration you are renewing was a two-year registration, tax receipts or statements from the prior two years must be submitted;
  4. A current insurance identification card (original, copy, or electronic if legible) or other proof of financial responsibility; and
  5. The correct registration (license plate) and processing fee.

NOTE: A $5 renewal penalty will be charged if you renew your plates after the expiration date.

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Temporarily Residing Out of State

Your renewal notice will not be forwarded to an out of state address.

To renew your license plates, you will need:

  1. Your Vehicle Registration Renewal Notice. If you did not receive this notice in the mail, you may complete and print a copy of the Application for License (Form 184)from your computer;
  2. A General Affidavit (Form 768) stating the vehicle has been out of state for more than 60 days, if the vehicle is required to be safety inspected or emissions inspected;
  3. A paid personal property tax receipt (original, copy, or electronic if legible) or a statement of non-assessment from your county of residence (or city of St. Louis) for the previous year for a one year registration. Two year registrations require receipts or statements from the prior two years;
  4. A current insurance identification card (original, copy, or electronic if legible) or other proof of financial responsibility; and
  5. The correct registration (license plate) and processing fee.

NOTE: A $5 renewal penalty will be charged if you renew your plates after the expiration date.

NOTE: Upon returning to Missouri the vehicle must be safety inspected within 10 days.  The vehicle must also be emissions inspected within 10 days, if applicable.

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Military Personnel Stationed Out of State

To renew your license plates, you will need:

  1. Your Vehicle Registration Renewal Notice. If you did not receive this notice in the mail, you may complete and print a copy of the Application for License (Form 184)from your computer;
  2. A General Affidavit (Form 768) stating the vehicle has been out of state for more than 60 days, if the vehicle is required to be safety inspected or emissions inspected;
  3. A paid personal property tax receipt (original, copy, or electronic if legible) or a statement of non-assessment from your Missouri county of residence (or city of St. Louis) for the previous year, or (if your home of record is not Missouri) a current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) to verify military status and state of residency. If the registration you are renewing was a two-year registration, receipts or statements from the prior two years must be submitted. Note: If the LES shows Missouri as the state of residency, you will need to show a personal property tax receipt or statement of non-assessment.
  4. A current insurance identification card (original, copy, or electronic if legible) or other proof of financial responsibility; and
  5. The correct registration (license plate) and processing fee.

NOTE: A $5 renewal penalty will be charged if you renew your plates after the expiration date. This fee may be waived if the miliary applicant submits official orders from the appropriate military authority as evidence of military service and the date of discharge. The renewal must be processed within 60 days after completion of military service, and the vehicle may not be operated during the period the registration is expired.

NOTE: Upon returning to Missouri the vehicle must be safety inspected within 10 days.  The vehicle must also be emissions inspected within 10 days, if applicable.

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