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Vehicle Registration Fees


Passenger Class A Vehicle Registration Fee
3,499 lbs or less $72.00/year
3,500 lbs - 4,999 lbs $115.00/year
5,000 lbs or more $155.00/year
Clean Fuel/Electric Vehicle (Hybrid)   (First time registration only. Fee is different for renewals.) $36.00/year
Historic Vehicle $25.00/year
Permanent and Total Veteran Disability* No Fee/year
Motorcycle  $52.00/year
Motor Driven Cycle $30.00/year
Tag Transfer $7.00
Vehicle Registration Reinstatement  $98.00


Commercial Class B Vehicle Registration Fee
3,499 lbs or less $125.00/year
3,500 lbs - 4,999 lbs $160.00/year
5,000 lbs - 6,999 lbs $220.00/year
7,000 lbs - 9,999 lbs $300.00/year
10,000 lbs or more $575.00/year
Each Additional 1000 lbs over 10,000 lbs = $575.00 + $25.00  


Trailer Class C Vehicle Registration Fee
1,499 lbs or less $50.00/year
1,500 lbs - 3,499 lbs $125.00/year
3,500 lbs - 4,999 lbs $250.00/year
5,000 lbs - 6,999 lbs $400.00/year
7,000 lbs - 10,999 lbs $500.00/year
11,000 lbs - 11,999 lbs $550.00/year
Each Additional 1000 lbs over 11,000 lbs = $550.00 + $50.00  


Duplicate Fee
Registration Card $20.00/year


Payment and Credit Cards

  • DMV accepts payments in the form of cash, check, money order, or credit card.
  • DC Government accepts VISA and MasterCard credit cards. DC Government does not accept American Express and Discover credit cards.
  • All outstanding debts (child support payments, outstanding tickets, and dishonored checks) to the DC Government must be satisfied before completing most of your DMV transactions.

Excise Tax

Information on the excise tax for DC titles can be found at DC Official Code § 50-2201.03. Many vehicles are exempt from DC excise tax.Review our excise tax exemption list [PDF]. Rates are applied to the fair market value (as defined by the current National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Business Guide for the Eastern Region) of the vehicle at the time of application (reference 18 DCMR §401.16).

*For the "no fee" annual registration, documentation from the Department of Veteran Affairs must be provided certifying the veteran's service-connected permanent and total disability. Only one set of tags, per veteran, is eligible for the no fee registration, and the vehicle must be non-commercial.