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How Much Does Tax Title and License Cost?

By Melissa Spicer | July 14, 2022

Nationwide, Americans pay tax, title, and license fees to the tune of around $669 per year, according to AAA’s annual Your Driving Costs study. This includes all government taxes and fees that the car owner must pay at the time the car is originally purchased and the fees to keep the car registered and licensed each year. Rebates are not figured into these numbers.

Owning a car is an expensive endeavor, whether you hail from the West Coast, East Coast, or anywhere in between. AAA says that beyond the average $32,903 purchase price of the average new car, Americans are paying an average of 83 cents per mile in ownership costs, assuming 10,000 miles are traveled per year. That's a number the sticker price never reveals.

How much can you expect to pay? Read on to find out how much you’ll pay for tax, title, and license in your neck of the woods.

License Fees by State

Below is a list of vehicle registration, tax, and title fees on a state-by-state basis.

Alabama
Alabama charges $15-23 for initial vehicle registration and an additional $50 annually. Alabama does not charge license plate fees and the title fee is $18. Alabama does not place a cap on dealer documentation charges $200 for EVs and $100 for hybrid vehicle registration.

Alaska
Alaska charges a registration fee of $100 and a title fee of $15. Alaska does not charge for license plates, and they do not place limits on dealer fees. Alaska does not charge any special fees for EVs or Hybrid vehicles.

Arizona
Arizona charges a minimum of $40.25 for registration fees $4 in title fees and $2.80 for new vehicles and $2.89 for used vehicles per each $100 of value. Arizona does not cap dealer fees and has no extra fees for EV or Hybrid vehicles.

Arkansas
The registration fee in Arkansas is $17-30 with a license plate fee of $1 and a title fee of $10. This state places a $129 cap on dealer charges of $200 for EV and $100 for Hybrid vehicle registration fees.

California
California charges $64 for a registration fee and then adds a transportation improvement fee that ranges between $25 and $175. The state also charges $27 for license plates and $23 for a title fee. A personal property tax is charged at 0.65% of the value of the vehicle, decreasing over time. California places an $80 cap on dealer charges of $100 for EVs but nothing for Hybrid vehicles.

Colorado
This state's registration fees are based on vehicle weight, and the license plate fee varies by county. It does not charge title fees and places no cap on dealer fees. Colorado does, however, use tax to charge a personal property tax of 2.1% of the value of the vehicle, decreasing over time until reaching a $3 flat fee starting the tenth year. Colorado also charges a $50 vehicle tax for EVs.

Connecticut
Registration fees are $120, plus $5 for plates, $25 for the title, vehicle license fees are based on 70% of the retail value of the vehicle and there is no limit on dealer fees. No special tax for EV or Hybrid vehicles.

Delaware
Delaware charges $40 for registration, no plate fees, and a $35 title fee unless the vehicle is under a lien then you are charged $55. Dealer fees are capped at 4.25 percent of the purchase price or NADA value, depending on which is higher. There is no special tax for EV or Hybrid.

Florida
New vehicles are charged $225 + $14.50–$32.50 based on weight, plus $28 for new plates. There's no limit on dealer fees and $77.25 new $85.25 used for title fees. New residents pay a higher registration fee allowing the state to make money on passenger vehicles entering the state. No special charge on EV or Hybrid.

Georgia
It's $20 for registration and $18 for the title. There's no limit on dealer fees and no license plate fees. No special charge for EV or Hybrid vehicles.

Hawaii
This state charges $57 base and then a fee that varies by weight. Plate and title fees are $5 each, and there's no limit on dealer fees. No special charge for EV or Hybrid vehicles.

Idaho
Registration varies by vehicle age and is $45-$69. The title fee is $14, and there are no license plate fees or dealer fee caps. There is, however, a $140 EV fee and a $75 Hybrid vehicle fee.

Illinois
Registration is $151 and title fees are $150. There are no license plate fees, and there's a dealer fee cap that changes annually. EV's are charged a $100 fee.

Indiana
In Indiana, you'll find a $21.35–$30.35 registration fee based on the type and a $15 title fee. A $12 excise tax, and a $15 Transportation Infrastructure Improvement fee. There are no license plate fees or dealer fee caps and EVs are charged $150 while Hybrids are charged $50.

Iowa
The registration fee in Iowa is very specific up to 1% of the list price, depends on age + $0.40 per 100 lb. of vehicle weight. There are no license plate fees or dealer fee caps, and it's only $25 for a replacement title. There is also a $65 EV, $32.50 Hybrid vehicle fee.

Kansas
Registration costs $42.50–$52.25 based on weight and title fees start at $10. There are no license plate fees or dealer fee caps. Special fees include $100 EV and $50 Hybrid.

Kentucky
Registration and title are $21 and $9 respectively, but there are no license plate fees or caps for dealer fees. Excise taxes are 45 cents per $100 of value with no special tax on EV or Hybrid vehicles.

Louisiana
The registration fee ranges from $20-$82 depending on value, and the title fee is $68.50. There is a $200 cap on dealer fees and no license plate fees. Louisiana charges no extra fees for EV or Hybrid vehicles.

Maine
Expect to pay $35 for registration and $33 for the title, but there's no plate fee or cap on dealer fees. Excise tax based on age and MSRP of the vehicle with no special tax on EV or Hybrid vehicles.

Maryland
Registration costs are $135–$187 based on weight and last two years with an additional $100 for the title and $10 to transfer plates. Dealer fees are capped at $300. No special tax for EV or Hybrid vehicles.

Massachusetts
Registration is $60 for two years, plus $25 to transfer plates and $75 for the title. There's no limit on dealer fees. Excise tax is $25 per $1,000 of excised value and there are no special taxes for EV or Hybrid vehicles.

Michigan
Registration is based on vehicle value and the title fee is $15. There's a $200 cap on dealer fees and no license plate fees. Special taxes include $100–$200 EV, $30–$100 Hybrid based on weight.

Minnesota
This state charges $35 and up based on vehicle value. It's $12 for double plates and the title fee is $8.25 as of 2021. Dealer fees are capped at $125 as of 2020.

Mississippi
There's no limit on dealer fees here and no plate fees. Registration is based on value, while the title fee is $9.

Missouri
Here there's no limit on dealer fees and no plate fees. Title fees are $11, and registration costs $24.25–$57.25 based on horsepower.

Montana
This state has no limit on dealer fees and no plate fees. Title fees are $10.30, while registration is $28-$217 depending on vehicle age and adding a 3 percent admin fee.

Nebraska
Registration is $20.50, and plates are $3.30 each, while title fees are $10. There's no limit on dealer fees.

Nevada
Registration costs $33, plates are $8, and the title fee is $29.25. There's no limit on dealer fees.

New Hampshire
Registration is based on weight and starts at $31.20. Plate fees are $8, and the title fee is $25. Dealer fees are not capped.

New Jersey
It is another weight-based registration state ranging between $35.50 and $84. Plate fees are $6, and title fees are $60 usually and $85 with a lien. Dealer fees aren't capped.

New Mexico
Vehicle registration fees range between $27 and $62 based on weight and model year. There are no license plate fees or dealer fee limits and no title fees.

New York
The title fee is $50, plates are $25, and registration is $26-$140 based on weight. Dealer fees are capped at $75.

North Carolina
Registration is based on the type of vehicle between $38.75–$86.25. Title fees are $52, and plate fees are $20. Dealer fees aren't capped.

North Dakota
Registration is based on age and weight between $49 and $274. Title fees are zero, and there are no plate costs or dealer fee caps.

Ohio
It's $31.00 for registration, $15 for the title and $4.50 to transfer plates, $11.75 for new. Dealer fees are capped at $250 or 10 percent of the sale price, whichever is less.

Oklahoma
A new registration costs $26–$96 based on age, then decreases over time. Title fees are $11, plus $17 to transfer. There's no limit on dealer fees or a cost for plates.

Oregon
Title fees here are $98–$187 based on mpg, and plates are $24 for new, $6 to transfer, and the registration is $268.50–$636.50 based on mpg. Dealer fees are capped at $115-$150.

Pennsylvania
Registration is $38, the title is $55 and there are no plate fees. Dealer fees are capped at $118-$141.

Rhode Island
The registration charge is $30 and up based on weight and the title fee is $52.50. Dealer fees are not limited, and there's no plate charge.

South Carolina
Registration is $40 and the title fee is $15. Plate costs are not applicable, and there's no dealer fee cap.

South Dakota
Registration is $25.20–$144 based on weight and age, there is no title fee or plate cost and there is no limit on dealer fees.

Tennessee
It's $26.5 state minimum plus county fees for registration, but plate fees are included. There's no limit on dealer fees and title fees vary by county.

Texas
Registration is $51.75, plus various local fees. Plate costs are included, and the title fee $28–$33 based on county. Dealer fees shouldn't exceed $150.

Utah
Registration costs $44, but plate costs are included, and the title fee is $6. Dealer fees aren't limited.

Vermont
Plates are included in the $76-$132 registration cost, plus a $35 title fee. There's no limit on dealer fees.

Virginia
Plate costs are included in registration, which is between $30.75–44.75 based on weight, plus $2 for emissions in some places. The title fee is $15, and there's no limit on dealer fees.

Washington
It's $30 for registration, plus filing fees, $15 for the title, and $10 per plate. There's a $150 cap on dealer fees.

Washington DC
Here there's no limit on dealer fees, plus $26 for the title, $7 for a plate transfer, $10 for replacement, and $72-$155 registration based on weight. Hybrids are $36.

West Virginia
The title fee is $15, and plate costs are included in the $51.50 registration fee. Dealer fees aren't capped.

Wisconsin
Registration is $85–$100 based on weight, plate costs are included and title fees are $164.50. Dealer fees are not limited.

Wyoming
Plate costs are included in registration at $30–90 based on weight. There's no limit on dealer fees and the title fee is $15

Additional fees:

Whenever you purchase a used or new vehicle, you can expect to pay more than the advertised price. In the case of a new car, some of the increases in prices are dealer fees, but you will also pay various state and local taxes to finalize the vehicle purchase and register your vehicle. For a used vehicle, you will need to pay sales tax and licensing fees to get the vehicle registered in your name. Below are some of the usual fees when buying a used or new vehicle.

Registration:
Every state charges a registration fee to get a motor vehicle placed in your name. The cost of registration varies by state. Sometimes a state will charge a flat fee, while other states base the fee on various factors such as the vehicle's weight, age, or overall value. Most states also have additional fees and penalties if you do not register the vehicle within a certain amount of time after the sale date.

License Plates:
The cost of new license plates might be a part of your registration fee, or it might be a separate cost. Some states allow you to take your old plates from a used car you sold and install them on the new vehicle. Other states require brand new plates upon transferring ownership.

Title Transfer:
When you buy a car from a dealer or a private party, you need to transfer the title from the former owner into your name. Naturally, there is a title transfer fee and to do this and the titling amount charged differs by state.

Lien Recording:
If you take out a loan to buy a vehicle, the department of motor vehicles (DMV) might add a lien recording fee to your costs, for recording the amount financed on the vehicle title.

Documentation Fee:
A documentation fee is usually charged by car dealerships to write the paperwork involved in buying a vehicle. Several states have a maximum amount in place that the dealer can charge for this.

Sales Tax:
Most states require sales tax in the purchase of a vehicle, which is the total price paid for the car, minus your trade-in. However, the sales tax rate often varies by city or county. You will typically pay the sales tax of the county or city where you live. For example, if your state tax is six percent, but you register the vehicle in a county that has a ten percent tax rate, then you will pay the 10 percent county tax.

Personal Property Tax:
Some states also require a personal property tax based on your vehicle's value. This fee is usually charged annually, and rates vary by state.

Emissions and Inspections:
Some states require emissions tests or inspections upon transferring ownership from one party to another.

Hybrid and Electric Vehicles:
Due to owners of hybrid and electric vehicles (EV) not paying much in fuel taxes, some states charge specific fees for buying these vehicles.