Renew Registration in Iowa

Need to renew your Iowa car registration? 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.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many MVD related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 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

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

3: Via a MVD office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local MVD office. Varying MVD offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the MVD closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your MVD allows you to make a personal appointment.

Renewing Your Iowa  Vehicle Registration

Renewing your registration is an easy process in Iowa, as you are given option of renewing in person, online, or via mail.

Iowa allows some drivers to renew their Iowa vehicle registration online, provided that they meet the certain state requirements. In order to register online, you must have your renewal notice and the PIN that is written on it. You must provide your license plate number (and the co-owners if applicable) and other personal information such as Social Security number and your date of birth, as well as a credit or debit card, or bank account information to pay the relevant fees. Just remember, there is a small transaction fee for using the online renewal system. 

To renew your Iowa tag in person, visit for a list of MVD offices in the state of Iowa. You will also be required to present payment for the required fees and your renewal notice.

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, fill out the renewal notice you received, and mail the notice along with the payment to the address listed.