Cancel vehicle or vessel registration

Learn how to cancel your registration or plates

Cancel vehicle or vessel registration

Learn how to cancel your registration or plates
Registration cancellation overview

The Connecticut DMV offers options online, by mail, and in-person to cancel your vehicle registration and plates or vessel registration. We call this terminating your registration.

You will need to do this if you no longer have the registered vehicle or vessel or if you have moved out of state. Otherwise, your vehicle or vessel will be subject to property tax assessment in the town of record until your registration is cancelled. 

Once the registration has been cancelled, the vehicle will be removed from the next cancellation list that is provided to municipalities on October 1 each year. 

Prior to canceling your registration, please verify your current Connecticut registration status.

Estimated time to cancel your registration and plates online (for individuals): 7 minutes
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  • Who is eligible
  • How to
  • Fees
  • Receipt

Who is eligible

Individuals: Please continue reading the below for information on how to terminate your vehicle registration & plates or vessel registration.

 

Organizations: Please click here to enter your information and terminate your vehicle registration & plates or vessel registration.

 

Note: Registrations that have a Revoked or Suspended status are not eligible.

How to

Step 1: Gather what you’ll need (for individuals only)

  • Your first and last name exactly how it appears on your driver’s license or non-driver ID card
  • Your driver’s license or non-driver ID card number
  • Your date of birth
  • Your license plate number or your CT vessel registration number
  • A credit or debit card
  • Your street address on your driver’s license or non-driver ID card
  • Your social security number
     

Step 2: Cancel your vehicle or vessel registration online

 

Individuals:

 

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Organizations: Please click here to enter your information and terminate your vehicle registration & plates or vessel registration.

Fees

It is free to terminate your vehicle or vessel registration.

If the vehicle/vessel is eligible for a refund, you will be given the option to request one during the online termination process.

Receipt

Your plate disposition receipt will serve as proof that your vehicle or vessel registration has been terminated. 

If you need a copy of your registration cancellation or plate disposition receipt that you’ve previously terminated online, locate your receipt using the DMV’s online system and print a copy. This option is available to individuals who have terminated their registration online as of 10/31/2022 or later.

If you have terminated your registration prior to 10/31/2022, you can confirm your registration cancellation status online and print a copy.

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  • Cancel your registration and plates by mail

Cancel your registration and plates by mail

You will need to complete two forms to cancel your vehicle registration and plates by mail: 

Marker plate notice (Form E-159) 
Request for registration refund (Form F-82)  
 
Send printed copies of completed forms to the DMV: 

DMV Registry Record Section 
60 State Street 
Wethersfield, CT 06161-5057

A receipt will be mailed to the address on file with DMV. If you’ve moved out of state, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for the receipt to be mailed to your new address.

 

Note: If you received a property tax bill on a vehicle that you sold and need proof of sale, fill out a copy records request (Form J-23t). On the form, please request the "bill of sale" and follow instructions for how to order.

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  • Cancel your registration and plates in person

Cancel your registration and plates in person

Make an appointment  at your local DMV hub office or branch office. 

Complete a request for registration refund (Form F-82) and bring it with you to your appointment. You only need to include this form if you are requesting a refund.
 
You’ll need to complete Form E159  if you don’t have your plates. 

Refund requests can be submitted when cancelling your registration and plates in-person.