If you’re new to Missouri or have recently purchased a car in the state, you may need to brush up on the basics of licensing and registration.
Missouri New Registration
If you have just moved to Missouri, you will have thirty days to register your vehicle or you’ll have to pay a late fee. You also must get a statement of non-assessment showing that you don’t owe any taxes.
- Vehicle ownership documents (a title certificate and manufacturer’s statement of origin for new cars from a dealership)
- An Application for Missouri Title and License (Form DOR-108).
- A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and odometer inspection certificate for out-of-state vehicles
- An Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form 3019) for vehicles under 10 years old or less than 16,000 pounds
- A notarized Notice of Lien, Lien Release, or Authorization to Add/Remove Name from Title (Form DOR-4809) if you have paid off a loan on your vehicle
- A vehicle safety and/or emissions inspection certificate, if applicable
- Payment for fees and taxes
You will have to pay a 4.225% tax on the cost of your vehicle, plus your local county sales tax. One year of registration costs $3.50 and it’s $7 for two years.
Missouri Vehicle Inspections
Missouri requires all vehicles to have a safety inspection. In addition, the following counties also require an emissions inspection: St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, Jefferson County. Vehicles from even model years must be inspected in even calendar years. Vehicles from odd model years must be inspected in odd calendar years.
Missouri Registration Renewal
The Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) will send you a registration renewal in the mail before your current registration expires. You can renew by mail, or online if your county is applicable. To renew in person, you can visit your municipal office to pay your excise tax. Then visit your county’s licensing office with:
- A completed renewal notice or Application for Motor Vehicle License (Form 184)
- Any safety or emissions inspection certificates completed within the past sixty days
- Personal property tax receipt
- Proof of Missouri car insurance
- Payment of all registration fees (between 418.25 and $51.25)
Getting a Missouri Vehicle Title
If you buy your car from a dealership, the dealer will manage the title and registration paperwork for you, and submit it to the DOR. You can fast track your application to get your title faster.The required documents are:
- Out of state title and registration, if applicable
- A complete Application for Missouri Title and License (Form DOR-108)
- Proof of Missouri car insurance
- A statement of non-assessment from the assessor’s office where you reside
- Proof of a vehicle identification number and odometer inspection
- Proof of a safety and/or emissions inspection
- Payment for all titling fees and taxes ($11, including the $2.50 processing fees)
Getting a Missouri Driver’s License
You can get a Missouri driver’s license in person via the following steps:
- Surrender your out-of-state license
- Show proof of your name, date of birth, Social Security Number, and Missouri residency
- Pass the written permit and driving tests (these tests are waived if your driver’s license is valid or has been expired for less than 185 days
- Pass a road sign recognition test
- Pass a vision test
- Pay the class F driver’s license fee: $10 for three years or $20 for six years
Missouri Auto Insurance Requirements
Liability auto insurance is required for your vehicle in Missouri. You must meet the following minimum coverage limits:
- $25,000 per person for bodily injury
- $50,000 per accident for bodily injury
- $10,000 for property damage
You must also have uninsured motorist coverage for bodily injury at the same minimums as those for liability coverage.