How to Renew Your Car Registration in Iowa

Owning a car comes with a lot of responsibility. In order to keep your car in compliance in the state of Iowa, you will have to register it with the Department of Transportation. This is not the end of the registration process due to the fact that you will have to get it renewed every year. Instead of trying to keep up with when it is due on your own, you will be able to get a notice sent to you by the DOT. The notice that you get will contain information such as:

  • The information that the DOT has on your vehicle
  • The online renewal PIN if it is applicable
  • The payment instructions

Using the online option

There are a number of Iowa counties that have their own sites that allow residents to renew their registration online. Here are a list of those counties:

If you are not living in one of these counties, you will need to go to the Iowa State County Treasurer’s Association website. Here is the information that you will need when trying to renew your registration online:

  • The license plate information
  • The registration PIN on your notice
  • The audit code
  • The payment for the fees that you owe

Renewing the registration in person

For some, going to the DMV to pay for the renewal in person is desirable. When trying to do this, you will have to get a few things in order:

  • The registration renewal notice that you got in the mail
  • The payment for the fees that you owe

Fees that you may owe

The fees that you will have to pay when renewing your registration will vary by county. This means that you will need to call your local DMV to get more information. Visit the Iowa DMV website to get more information on this process.


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