Registration Refunds

The MVC does not generally issue refunds. However, there are special circumstances that may qualify.

The  Refund Application (Form RU-9) is available by download, in-person at all motor vehicle agencies or by calling the MVC's Customer Support Line at (609) 292-6500 weekdays (except holidays) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m..  The current processing time for a refund is six to eight weeks.


Special military refund

  • If you enter the U.S. Armed Forces and have a valid New Jersey registration, you can get a refund for the remainder of the registration period.
  • To obtain a refund:
    • Complete and return a Refund Application (Form RU-9).
    • Return the original registration and the New Jersey license plates along with a copy of military orders and a copy of the out-of-state registration.


Initial plate refund

New license plate fees are refundable if the plates have never been attached to a vehicle and no dealership was involved.

  • To obtain a refund:
  • Return the plates and original registration.
  • Complete and return a Refund Application (Form RU-9).
  • Note: Do NOT surrender the plates or the registration at a motor vehicle agency. Plates and registration must be mailed to Trenton in order to receive a refund (address noted on the RU-9).


Refund for a sold vehicle

  • If you sell a vehicle before the new registration  period goes into effect and want to obtain a refund:

If the license plates have not already been surrendered, turn them in to a motor vehicle agency or Full Service Motor Vehicle Agency (do not surrender the registration);

  • Return a copy of the surrendered plate receipt and original registration
  • Provide proof of the date the vehicle was sold; and
  • Complete and return a Refund Application (Form RU-9).


Refund for duplicate payment

If you mistakenly paid twice for the same registration:

  • Return one original registration along with a photocopy of the second.

If you received only one document, return a photocopy of the registration in your possession and a photocopy of your canceled checks (front and back).
If you paid by money order, return proof that the money order was cashed by the Division and a photocopy of the registration in your possession; and complete and return a Refund Application (Form RU-9)


PAAD-Lifeline-SSI recipient refund

  • If you were entitled to an exemption from Transportation Trust Fund fees and you mistakenly paid them, this is how you can get a refund:
    • Return a photocopy of your registration.
    • Attach a photocopy of your PAAD card or SSI/Lifeline card or Lifeline eligibility letter.  The photocopy submitted must cover the renewal period.  For example, if the registration was renewed for July, the card or letter must cover the month of July.
    • Complete and return a Refund Application (Form RU-9).
    • Note: The PAAD card, SSI/Lifeline card or Lifeline letter must be in the same name listed on the lease agreement or registration to qualify.


For overpayment or other reasons

  • Write a detailed letter stating why you are requesting a refund.
  • Complete the Refund Application (Form RU-9).
  • Include photocopies of all documents. The request will be reviewed and you will be notified of the response.
  • Note: the MVC does not grant partial or prorated refunds for unused portions of the registration except for members of the military.
  • All requests for registration refunds should be mailed to the address noted on the RU-9 form.