Vehicle License Registration Law and Legal Definition

Vehicle license registration is governed by state laws, which vary by state. Motor vehicle registration and titling in a state is typically done in the individual's county of residence. New residents often have a grace period in which to apply for registration in the new state. Some states require that your vehicle must first pass a vehicle safety inspection and an inspection of the vehicle identification number. These services are usually required to be performed at a state-approved Safety Inspection Station. Proof of insurance may also be required to register a vehicle.

The fee structure for passenger vehicles may be determined by the manufacturer's model year and be different from that of trucks. States commonly require annual renewal of license registration, but some states offer longer renewal periods. Local laws should be consulted to determine the specific requirements in your area.