If you need to register your vehicle — such as if you have just purchased a vehicle or if you have moved to the area from another state — then you might know that you need to head to your local Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) office. However, you might not be sure of what to expect or do, especially if you have never registered a vehicle in your state before. These are a few tips that should help you get your vehicle registered in no time.
Find Out Ahead of Time About the Requirements
Depending on the state that you are having your vehicle registered in, you might be required to have a state inspection done on your vehicle. This is often required for both safety and emissions-related reasons. If you check the MVA's website or give your local office a call, you can find out more about the different things that you might need to do in order to get your vehicle registered.
Bring Along the Necessary Documentation
If you don't bring along the necessary documentation — such as your photo ID and proof that the vehicle is, in fact, yours — then you might have problems with getting your vehicle registered. Therefore, you should make sure that you bring along the necessary documentation on the day that you visit the MVA if you want to avoid delays and if you want to make sure that you are able to register your vehicle on the same day.
Find Out if You Need to Set an Appointment
Some MVA office locations require people to schedule an appointment. Find out about this beforehand; after all, if appointments are required, you might not be allowed to enter the building if you don't have an appointment scheduled. Plus, scheduling an appointment can make things much easier for you since you won't have to worry about long waits when you arrive at the MVA office. In many cases, you can make your appointment on the MVA website; in other cases, you may need to call and schedule your appointment. Luckily, many MVA offices offer flexible scheduling, so you may be able to schedule an appointment that works with your work schedule or other schedules.
Be Prepared to Pay Your Fee
Lastly, you should know that you will typically be required to pay registration fees when registering your vehicle at the MVA. Therefore, be prepared to pay that fee. Many MVA offices accept debit or credit cards, but you may want to call ahead of time to be sure about your payment options so that you will be prepared. When you make this call, you can ask about approximately how much it's going to cost for you to register your vehicle, too.
Contact a local MVA service to get additional tips.