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Vehicle Registration Fees and Taxes

Whether registering a vehicle for the first time or renewing registration, all customers pay an annual excise tax and a registration fee. Passenger vehicles and recreational vehicles have separate vehicle excise tax rates.

Customers living in certain counties and municipalities will also pay county and municipal vehicle excise tax or wheel tax.

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What do the fees on my renewal notice mean?


Plate fees are additional fees assessed when purchasing certain types of license plates (i.e., Distinctive Plate fee, Personalized License Plate fee, and Amateur Radio fee).

A supplemental fee is the fee due for an SGR plate in addition to the SGR plate fee.

All motor vehicle registrations are subject to Transportation Infrastructure Improvement Fee. This fee is part of the state’s road funding package passed by the General Assembly in 2017. The fee will be paid when the vehicle is first registered and at every renewal.

All hybrid or electric vehicles that are required to be registered are subject to a supplemental registration fee. This fee is part of the state’s road funding package passed by the General Assembly in 2017.  The fee will be paid when the vehicle is first registered and at every renewal.

What are the different taxes I may pay on a vehicle registration?


A vehicle is assessed the county vehicle excise tax and wheel tax only when the county in which the vehicle is registered has adopted these taxes by ordinance.

View county vehicle excise tax or wheel tax rates

Depending on where you live, some motorists may be required to pay a municipal tax. A vehicle is assessed the municipal vehicle excise tax and wheel tax when the municipality in which the vehicle is registered has adopted these taxes by ordinance.

View municipal vehicle excise tax or wheel tax rates

Vehicle excise tax is an annual tax that must be paid in order to register a vehicle in Indiana. Most vehicles are subject to the vehicle excise tax. Vehicle excise tax is either a flat rate or based on the value and age of the vehicle. Generally, excise taxes are used to maintain roads, streets, highways, bridges and other infrastructure within the state or a local area.

Learn more about excise tax rates

Donate Life is a state-authorized non-profit organization that maintains the Indiana Donor Registry. During a registration transaction, customers have the opportunity to make a donation that will help Donate Life educate Hoosiers about how to register as an organ donor.

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