| Five-Year Registration |
Frequently Asked Questions
| 1) What does five-year registration mean? |
An owner may register a qualifying vehicle for a five year period.
| 2) What types of vehicles are eligible for five-year registration? |
Any vehicles not subject to emissions testing requirement for the entire five-year registration cycle, which include the following:
- Most vehicles registered outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas
- Vehicles with model year 1966 and older
- New vehicles that have never been registered in Arizona or in any other state
- Motorcycles located in emissions Nonattainment Area B (Tucson metro area)
- Commercially registered trailers 10,000 lbs GVW and less
- Solar, electric and hydrogen powered alternative fuel vehicles
| 3) Are there any types of vehicle registrations that are not eligible for five-year registration? |
Yes, the following registrations are not eligible for a five-year registration:
- All vehicles that require a one or two year emissions test
- Allocated registration
- Apportioned registration
- Permanent registration
- Interstate registration
- Taxi registration
- Vehicles with a GVW over 55,000 lbs
- New alternative fuel powered vehicles that have never been registered in Arizona or in any other state
- Vehicles used primarily off highway that have been issued an Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) decal
- Vehicles under the seasonal agricultural, reduced fees registration provision
| 4) What is the fee for a five-year registration? |
The vehicle license tax and other applicable fees are calculated and paid for five years at the time of registration. Only a one-year registration fee is required to be paid for the entire period.
| 5) What are the special plate fees for a five-year registration? |
The appropriate special plate/personalization fees for a five year period will be collected at the time of registration.
| 6) What are the fees for a vehicle commercially registered for a five-year registration? |
Commercial registration fees, weight fees, motor carrier fees and all other applicable fees are calculated and paid for five years at the time of registration.
| 7) Can a vehicle be purchased in an area where it would require emissions testing and be registered for five years in an area where emissions testing is not required? |
Yes. Generally, the determining factor for a five-year registration is where the vehicle is registered and not where it is purchased. However, a vehicle that is used for commuting into an area where an emissions test is required, must be emissions tested, no matter where it is registered.
| 8) What is required if an owner of a five year registered vehicle relocates from an non emissions testing area to an emissions testing required area? |
The vehicle would no longer be eligible for a five-year registration if it does not meet any of the criteria listed in question #2 above. The vehicle owner would now be subject to emissions testing requirements and will have to register the vehicle in their new area.
| 9) Am I eligible for a five-year registration even though Iím claiming an exemption from, or reduction, of fees? |
Yes, except when recertification is required on an annual basis. Vehicle owners claiming the following exemptions are not eligible for a five-year registration option:
- A widow or widower claiming a widow's exemption
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient (other than a totally disabled veteran)
- Military personnel claiming the Nonresident and Special Military Exemption if their Military Identification Card reflects an expiration date that will expire within five years
- Non-profit School
- Religious Institution
| 10) Is the owner eligible for a credit/refund if the vehicle is sold before the five-year registration expires? |
Yes, all existing credit/refund provisions for a vehicle sold apply to a five-year registration. See our Plate and Fee to Owner FAQs.