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County announces license plate renewals to be available online

Cape Girardeau County residents will soon have the ability to renew their license plates online, due to the county’s personal property tax records now being transmitted to the Missouri Department of Revenue.

Cape Girardeau County is now one of the 106 counties in Missouri that electronically sends personal property tax information to the state for vehicles, trailers and ATVs. Only eight Missouri counties remain ineligible for online plate renewals.

County Collector Barbara Gholson said this has been a long time coming for the county. “People have been asking for a long time, and [the Department of Revenue] said we finally met the requirements,” Gholson said.

County Commissioner Charlie Herbst added that the County has been trying to get online plate renewals in place for at least eight years.

Effective immediately, Missouri license bureaus will have the ability to verify payments of personal property taxes made in the county, and residents can call the Department of Revenue to get vehicle renewals.

The Department of Revenue’s license plate renewal call center can be reached at 573-751-1957 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Gholson said that starting Dec. 1, residents will receive a state-issued PIN with their renewal notices that can be used to renew plates online at The fees can be paid online with an e-check, debit card or credit card, and renewal tags will be sent in the mail.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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