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.
- Plates can be discarded at your discretion.
Note: You may cancel the registration of a deceased individual by mail.