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How Do I Clear a Suspended Registration?
I tried to renew my car's registration online and found out that it is suspended. I never received any notice from the DMV so I don't know why I got the suspension but basically my tags are about to expire and I can't renew my registration. How do I go about getting rid of this suspension the fastest way?... Hopefully without having to go to the DMV. And how much is it going to cost me?
Clearing a suspension is simple but it can take up to 10 days for the suspension to get removed from the DMV records.It's true, you should have received a letter from the DMV stating your vehicle registration is suspended or will be suspended soon. It's ok if you didn't. You can get it cleared up regardless. More than likely at some point recently, your vehicle didn't have insurance, or it is currently uninsured. If you have insurance now, but still can't renew your registration, your insurance company has not yet provide electronic proof of insurance to the DMV. That's ok too. If this is in fact the case, you'll get instruction on how to submit proof of insurance after you look up your vehicle's suspension reason.
So, the first thing to do is to use the DMV Insurance Inquiry System to find out the reason your registration got suspended. The system will show you the current status of your vehicle's insurance and suspension reason. It'll identify any requirements due and provide an option to submit payment for a $14.00 reinstatement fee which is required to clear the suspension.
Please note, a DMV office cannot process paperwork to clear vehicle insurance suspensions. Insurance suspensions are only be handled by the Vehicle Registration Financial Responsibility Program, and the only method to clear up the suspension is to either use the online insurance inquiry system, which we link to above. Once your suspension is cleared up, you may renew your vehicle's registration, online, by mail or in person.