How is the cost of my DMV registration computed?

Each state's motor vehicle agency calculates its registration fees differently.

Some common car registration fee factors include the vehicle's age, weight, and type, along with the registrant's age, the length of the registration, and the type of license plate. Your state may use one of these factors to determine its registration, or it may use several. And, it may even include factors not listed here.

Of course, your vehicle registration fee doesn't have to be a mystery. You can find out what you'll be paying by visiting your state's DMV registration site or by calling your motor vehicle headquarters.

You can see how long your registration will be valid for by checking this guide. If more than one length is indicated for your state, that means different registration periods are available.

Annual Registration Biennial Registration
Alabama
x
Alaska
x
Arizona
x
x
Arkansas
x
California
x
Colorado
x
Connecticut
x
Annual registration required for individuals 65 years old and up.
Delaware
x
x
Registrations can be valid for up to five years.
Florida
x
x
Georgia
x
Hawaii
x
Idaho
x
Illinois
x
Indiana
x
Iowa
x
Kansas
x
Kentucky
x
Louisiana
x
Maine
x
Maryland
x
Massachusetts
x
x
Length is determined by the type of plate.
Michigan
x
Minnesota
x
Mississippi
x
Missouri
x
x
Montana
x
Nebraska
x
Nevada
x
New Hampshire
x
New Jersey
x
New car buyers receive registrations that are valid for four years.
New Mexico
x
x
New York
x
North Carolina
x
North Dakota
x
Ohio
x
x
Oklahoma
x
Oregon
x
x
New car buyers receive registrations that are valid for four years.
Pennsylvania
x
Rhode Island
x
South Carolina
x
South Dakota
x
Tennessee
x
Texas
x
Utah
x
Vermont
x
x
Virginia
x
x
Washington
x
West Virginia
x
Wisconsin
x
Wyoming
x
Washington DC
x

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