Everyone who owns a vehicle has to go through certain processes in order to comply with government regulations. The procedures for making a car street legal vary by state, but there is a general set of rules that drives must obey. For example, cars have to be registered at the local department of motor vehicles (DMV). Every state in the union mandates vehicle registration at least once. Car registration is a piece of paper that proves the owner has paid all applicable fees and taxes. There is a grace period between the time you buy a car and actually get it registered, but failing to do so within the allotted period will result in your having to pay a fine. To register a car, you have to fill out an application form, pay the fees, and show your drivers license as well as proof of insurance. Once you have registered your car at the local DMV, you will be able to get your license plate, which is another vehicle license service. If you are renewing your registration, then you will get a sticker to place on the license plate you already have. In some states, the DMV will be able to give you the new license plate within hours whereas you may not receive it for several days in densely populated ones. Ask your local DMV how long it will take to receive your plate.