Register a Car
Steps to register a Motor Vehicle in the City of St. Louis
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Residents of the City of St. Louis must declare their motor vehicle with the City Assessor’s Office, but can register their motor vehicle at any Missouri Department of Revenue DMV office. This is done as part of your license plate renewal.
If you live in the City of St. Louis, you may be eligible to renew your plates online at the Missouri Department of Revenue website.
If you are eligible for this convenient option, a Personal Identification Number (PIN) will be printed on your renewal notice.
If not eligible, visit the Department of Revenue Licensing Office at City Hall or find a location near you.
See the State of Missouri Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Titling and Registration page for information about state licensing.
To register your vehicle and receive or renew license plates you must obtain and bring the following to any Missouri Department of Revenue fee office:
- A paid personal property tax receipt from the Collector of Revenue's office
- A property tax waiver from the City Assessor's office if no personal property tax was assessed for the prior year.
If you have recently moved to the City of St. Louis, you must obtain your property tax waiver from the county in which you lived on January 1st. See additional information for new residents.
In addition, you must provide:
- The vehicle's title
- Missouri Highway Patrol safety inspection (not more than 60 days old). Safety inspections are required if the vehicle is more than 10 years old, has over 150,000 miles, or was purchased with an out of state title.
- Emissions inspection notice (not more than 60 days old), Emissions inspections are required every two years and on every vehicle purchase with the exception of brand new vehicles.
- Proper identification: Driver's license
- Proof of car insurance
City residents may visit any fee office in the state of Missouri. There are three located within city limits:
St. Louis City Hall Fee Office
1200 Market Street Room 111
St. Louis, MO 63103
Central West End Office
4041 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108-3287
South Kingshighway Office
4628 South Kingshighway
St. Louis, MO 63109-0000
Before heading to City Hall check-in with the Virtual Lobby, a service made available to mitigate the risks of COVID-19. You will be notified via text when it is your turn to enter the building. You can also check your position status while waiting outside.
- Present paid personal property tax receipt or a property tax waiver, and the documents outlined in the preparation section.
- Pay total assessed fees by check or credit card.
- Find the Personal Identification Number (PIN) printed on your renewal notice.
- Use the Begin Online button to register your car online.
Fee varies based on services. Review the Missouri Department of Revenue motor vehicle fees structure.
What to Expect
- For registering your vehicle In Person you will have same day car renewal and registration.
- For online registration, time frames may vary, but you should expect to receive your new tags within 14 business days.
Two Year Registration
If you are applying for a 2-year registration, you will need the past 2 years worth of paid tax receipts.
If you have recently moved to the City of St. Louis, you must obtain your property tax waiver from the county in which you lived on January 1st.
Report Lost or Stolen License Plates or Tags
How to report Lost or Stolen License Plates or Tags
To register a new vehicle, safety and emissions inspections are still required. See this page on the Missouri Department of Revenue website for more information on new vehicles.
Collector - City Hall Fee Office
1200 Market St.,
St. Louis, MO 63103
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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