Car Registration Fees By State 2019

A vehicle registration plate, commonly known as a license plate, is required for every vehicle for identification purposes. A vehicle’s title is a legal document that provides proof of ownership of a vehicle.

Every state requires motor vehicles to be registered and title with the state’s transportation agency or department of motor vehicles (DMV). Motor vehicles may not be driven legally if either or both of these are expired.

Title fees are typically a one-time expense when the owner purchases the vehicle for the first time. License plate fees are often charged annually and can vary between states. Some states assess a flat fee while other states assess the registration fee based on vehicle weight, horsepower, or vehicle age.

Colorado, for example, assesses the registration fee based on the age and weight of the vehicle. Michigan and New Hampshire assess the registration fee based on the MSRP of the vehicle. Registration fees in Utah are based on the weight of the vehicle. Registration fees in Iowa are based upon the price and weight of the vehicle.

Some states may require you to pay an additional registration fee if you own an electric vehicle or a hybrid.

Florida has the highest registration fee for new vehicles of $225. This is a one-time fee and there are separate additional fees based on the weight of the vehicle. Registration fees following the first fee are $14.50-$32.50.

Arizona has the lowest registration fee of $8.

Below is a table if each state’s registration and title fees. States may have specific charges in addition to the registration and title fees below; therefore you should check your state’s transportation agency or DMV website when determining the total cost of registering your car.

State Registration Cost Title Fees Notes 2019 Pop.
Alabama$24.25$24.254,898,246
Alaska$100$100735,720
Arizona$8$87,275,070
Arkansas$17$173,026,412
California$86$8639,747,267
Colorado--Registration fees are based upon the age and weight of the vehicle.5,770,545
Connecticut$88$883,567,871
Delaware$40$40975,033
Florida$225$22521,646,155
Georgia$20$2010,627,767
Hawaii$45$451,416,589
Idaho$69$691,790,182
Illinois$101$10112,700,381
Indiana$196$1966,718,616
Iowa--Registration fees are based upon the price and weight of the vehicle.3,167,997
Kansas$39$392,910,931
Kentucky$25$254,484,047
Louisiana$20$204,652,581
Maine$35$351,342,097
Maryland$135$1356,062,917
Massachusetts$60$606,939,373
Michigan--Registration fees based on MSRP10,020,472
Minnesota$25$255,655,925
Mississippi$29$292,987,895
Missouri$18.5$18.56,147,861
Montana$217$2171,074,532
Nebraska$23.8$23.81,940,919
Nevada$34$343,087,025
New Hampshire--Registration fees based on MSRP1,363,852
New Jersey$59$598,922,547
New Mexico$27$272,096,034
New York$48.5$48.519,491,339
North Carolina$36$3610,497,741
North Dakota$49$49760,900
Ohio$34.5$34.511,718,568
Oklahoma$96$963,948,950
Oregon$112$1124,245,901
Pennsylvania$37$3712,813,969
Rhode Island$45$451,056,738
South Carolina$40$405,147,111
South Dakota$36$36892,631
Tennessee$29$296,833,793
Texas$51.75$51.7529,087,070
Utah--Registration fees are based upon weight of the vehicle.3,221,610
Vermont$76$76627,180
Virginia$40.75$40.758,571,946
Washington$30$307,666,343
West Virginia$51.5$51.51,791,951
Wisconsin$75$755,832,661
Wyoming$30$30572,381