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Traveling and Need to Renew Registration that Requires Smog Check

Last Updated: 01-10-2023

My parents are currently traveling cross country, with tags that have now expired. I already renewed their registration online and paid the DMV fees, however they also require a smog check. I found that we need to fill out a REG 5103 form, however it says it would take over 30 days and would send the tags to their home in California, which wouldn't help them across the country. They already received one ticket just yesterday in New Jersey for having "expired registration". Is there any way to get the Reg 5103 form filled and submitted sooner even after I already paid the registration? They are on travel for at least another 3-4 weeks.


Yes, we can help! We can clear the current RDF (Report of Deposit of Fees) from the DMV system and issue them renewed registration with an out of state smog check exemption. We'll also be able to mail the new registration card and sticker to any address, the same-day as an emailed copy of the REG 5103 is provided to us.

Smog Check Exemption While on Vacation

The renewal process can be completed online through NeedTags. Simply email us your REG 5103 instead of mailing it to the DMV. Submit your registration renewal through our online portal. Upon receipt of our confirmation email, reply back with your REG 5103 attachment. You may submit your REG 5103 as a scanned PDF document or a photo/image taken with your smartphone. Please ensure your REG 5103 is of high resolution and cropped neatly if submitting a photo/image. If any corrections are needed, we will contact you before the filing. See the quick guide link below to learn of the current filing fee for this service.

Related Material

REG 5103 (Download Form)
REG 5103 (Quick Guide)
Registration Renewal While Car is Out of State

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