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About California Vehicle Registration Renewal

In California, you must renew your vehicle registration annually. Failing to renew your registration on time will result in expensive late fees. Additionally, if a police officer pulls you over for an expired registration, you could be subject to additional penalties. You can renew your registration online, by mail, by phone or in person depending on your preference. However, the easiest and quickest way to renew is online.

California has no grace period for expired car registrations. Your mandatory penalty fee will increase the longer you wait to renew an expired registration.