Pennsylvania Car Registration

Need to register your car in the state of Pennsylvania? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

1: Get Started with Online Application Services

Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DVS related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Where possible, we will prepare your DVS forms and/or provide links to DVS online services. You will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DVS in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DVS.

3: Via a local DVS office

If you prefer to access DVS services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DVS office location. Varying DVS offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DVS closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DVS allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.

New Pennsylvania Car Registration

If you have purchased your vehicle through a dealership then they will perform all necessary registration tasks. But if you have just bought or been gifted a car any other way, or become an official resident, you are expected to register your vehicle as soon as possible. For a list of all DVS offices and their phone numbers, click here.

Visit for a step-by-step guide to obtaining a new Pennsylvania car registration.

Renewing Your Pennsylvania Vehicle Registration

Pennsylvania vehicle tag is an easy process, as you are given option of renewing in person, online or via mail.

Pennsylvania allows some drivers to renew their registration online, provided that they meet the certain state requirements. In order to register online, make sure to have on hand an emissions inspection certificate (if applicable), license plate number, title number, insurance card and a credit or debit card for the renewal fees.

To renew your registration in person visit here for a list of DVS offices in the state of Pennsylvania. You will also be required to present payment for the required fees, an emissions inspection certificate (if applicable) renewal notice and proof of insurance.

You are only eligible to renew your tag by mail if you’re out of state or can’t make it into an office. To renew by mail, follow the instructions given on your renewal notice. Be sure to enclose a check or money order for required fees and mail everything to the address listed on the renewal notice.

Replacing Your Pennsylvania Car Registration

Lost your Pennsylvania car registration? You can apply for a duplicate Pennyslvania car registration in person at any DVS office or by mail.
To replace your registration, you will need to provide your title number, vehicle’s VIN number, license plate number, and finally the owner’s, and if applicable, co-owner’s, information.

Changing Your Address

In Pennsylvania, changing the address on your vehicle’s registration can be done either online or by mail.