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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 $12.00
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
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$150.00/day for days 1-30, then $7 for each day up to $2500


Non-IRP Registered Commercial Carriers Fee
Trip Permits $50
Valid for six days of travel within the District of Columbia.

Payment and Credit Cards

  • DMV accepts payments in the form of cash, check, money order or credit card.
  • DC Government accepts VISA, MasterCard, 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] 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). Obtain an estimate of the excise tax by using the online excise tax calculation tool.

As a result of recent regulatory changes, DC DMV has revised the calculations for motor vehicle excise taxes. The updated excise tax rates will take into account the fuel efficiency of motor vehicles as mandated by Title V of the CleanEnergy DC Omnibus amendment Act of 2018. These changes become effective on February 1, 2021.

Except as set forth in D.C. Official Code § 50-2201.03(j)(1A)(G), the excise tax rate on motor vehicles shall be as follows based on vehicle weight class and miles per gallon (“mpg”) city driving, rounded down to the nearest whole number:


Tax rates/fees are determined by both vehicle unladen weight and mpg city:

Unladen Weight 20MPG or Less 21MPG-25MPG 26MPG-30MPG 31MPG-39MPG 40MPG or More
3,499 or Less 8.1% 4.4% 3.1% 2.2% 1.0%
3,500 - 4,999 9.1% 5.4% 4.1% 3.2% 2.0%
5,000 or More 10.1% 6.4% 5.1% 4.2% 3.0%

Formula - Fair Market Value (FMV) X MPG Taxable Percentage (%) = Excise Tax


  • Fuel efficiency is not based on MPGe (equivalent)
  • Changes to the vehicle excise tax shall not apply to individuals who claimed and received the District Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for the most recent tax period. Individuals who qualifiy for the District earned income tax credit (EITC) may elect to pay by weight class (6%, 7%, 8%), or the MPG adjusted tax benchmark/schedule depending on lowest costs. If EITC is applied to the excise tax, documentation from the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) will be required prior to vehicle titling.
  • 100% electric vehicles are exempt from the vehicle excise tax.

Credit Cards

DC Government accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards.