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Registry of Motor Vehicles' Fees Going up July 1

New fee structure could generate $55-$63 million.

Some Registry of Motor Vehicles fees will increase come July 1. Patch File Photo
Some Registry of Motor Vehicles fees will increase come July 1. Patch File Photo
By Liz Taurasi

It’s going to cost more to register and inspect your car this year.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is increasing three Registry of Motor Vehicles Division fees in an effort to close a projected $55 million budget gap and make improvements to the state’s transportation system.

The increases were approved by the MassDOT’s board of directors on Wednesday and go into effect July 1.

“Transportation reform requires a collective approach to improving the Commonwealth’s transportation system,” said Registrar of Motor Vehicles Celia J. Blue in a statement released Wednesday. “The RMV fees collected will support road and bridge projects, improved customer service and allow MassDOT to properly fund its operating expenses.”

Starting July 1, non-commercial vehicle registration fees for motor vehicles will increase from $50 to $60. Commercial registration fees will not change.

Your annual motor vehicle inspection will increase to $35, up from $29, the first increase since 1999. According to MassDOT, $1 of the increase will be retained by the inspection station that conducts the inspection. The road test fee will also increase to $35, up from $20. Portions of the road test revenue will help support improved customer service for first time drivers.

MassDOT anticipates the new fee structure will generate approximately $55 million to $63 million in Fiscal Year 2015.

MassDOT says it will host public hearings on the fee increases this spring. 

Sam March 17, 2014 at 09:44 PM
As much as you would like to pretend that when Libertarians get into power positions that they would be any different. Ultimately they would not. It is the nature of the business. All that matters is getting re-elected, nothing else. Of course there may be the occasional diamond in the ruff but even your quasi Libertarian Ron Paul talks a good game but then gets caught up in the same old Washington. Simply changing a party is not going to do it. Term limits would keep these elected officials on the course of. which they got elected, not one which gets them re- elected.
Vincent DiRico March 18, 2014 at 03:35 AM
OK SS, keep dodging. In that case Ls are like coin edges, their number NEVER comes up (due to cockamamie ideas)!
Steven Sadowski March 18, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Sam: Can you be specific as to what you mean by this , "Ron Paul talks a good game but then gets caught up in the same old Washington."
Sam March 18, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Interesting how your "Google" machine doesn't work on this stuff.
Steven Sadowski March 18, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Sam. Maybe I'm just trying to start a conversion instead of putting words on your mouth? You're the one who made the posit.

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