For some states, the work-around has been to take registrations online. This is definitely simpler, but still requires having the right paperwork, writing checks, handling reimbursements or filing expenses with your company. Some states have a much more arduous process which can require visits to the county tax office and all kinds of running around town that most of us just don’t have the time for. Either way, it can quickly become a headache.
Do you know if your state or county requires a vehicle inspection prior to completing your registration? Add that to your to-do list.
Then there’s the possibility of making a mistake. It’s not uncommon for a typo, misspelled name or wrong address to appear on a registration renewal, and when this happens, it can take up to 45 days for the DMV to correct the error. Corrections can only be made once you’ve produced all the relevant paperwork about the vehicle and its owner and driver.
The possibility for lapsed registration is real, even for the most organized among us.