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Online Excise Tax Calculation
When a vehicle changes ownership or when a new vehicle (i.e., which has a manufacture certificate of origin from the dealership) is first registered in the District, excise tax is required. The excise tax fee varies from 6% to 8% depending on the vehicle weight. In accordance with District law, we use the Fair Market Value indicated in the current National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Business Guide for the Eastern Region. If the NADA guide does not provide the fair market value for a particular vehicle, the applicable bill of sale is used.
In certain cases, a vehicle may be exempt from DC excise tax. For more information, please review the excise tax exemption chart [PDF].
If excise tax is required, you can use our online transaction to obtain an estimated value of the excise tax based on the calculation used during our titling transaction. In addition to vehicle weight, the excise tax is also impacted by the vehicle’s make, model, year and mileage.