Checklist Of Items To Prepare For Your Next Vehicle Registration
As a vehicle owner, each year you will be required to register your vehicle with the state for you to be allowed to drive it on the roadways. Here are some items on your checklist you will need to have ready to register your vehicle:
Have a Vehicle Title
In order to register your vehicle legally with the state you live in, you will need to have the vehicle's title in your name. Take this with you to the DMV to file your registration.
When you purchase the vehicle, whether from a private seller or from a dealership, they will provide a title for the vehicle. Your vehicle may have a lien against it if you are using bank financing to purchase the vehicle. In this case, your vehicle title will be held by the bank or other financial institution which carries the lien on your vehicle. As long as you pay all your payments for the loan to be paid in full, they will give you the title.
Emissions Test Your Vehicle
Next, you will need to have your vehicle tested to make sure its emissions are within legally allowable limits. This ensures your vehicle is not creating excess pollution and smog with its burning of gasoline and oil that can have a negative impact on the environment. Take your vehicle to any local emissions inspection office, or you can have your vehicle's mechanic test your vehicle for this and give you a certificate when it passes.
Some states have various requirements for the emissions your vehicle is allowed to put off into the environment. Some rural areas and smaller towns don't require specific emissions, so you don't need to complete this step. Check with your local DMV or their website to find out the requirements for your area.
Get Your Vehicle Inspected
In addition to an emission's test, you may also need to get your vehicle inspected for its safety. A safety inspection checks all areas of your vehicle to make sure it is prepared to run properly on the roads and not put yourself or other drivers at risk.
Some types of areas your inspection technician will check are your vehicle's brake pad thickness and ability to stop the vehicle. They will also check the tread on your vehicle's tires to make sure they will provide adequate traction. Then, if your vehicle's windows are tinted, the inspector will make sure the tint allows a proper and legal amount of light through the tit, according to the local laws in your area.
Some states allow vehicles built within the past few years to be exempt from a safety inspection, as they are still quite new and have not experienced any failure in the vehicle's systems. Check with your local area DMV office to find out what the renew registration requirements are for your vehicle.