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Last Updated: 9/1/2015

Deducting Vehicle License Fees

If you itemize deductions on your federal return, you may deduct a portion of your Minnesota vehicle license fee as personal property tax on your federal Schedule A (Form 1040). The deduction is allowed only for passenger automobiles, pickup trucks and vans.

Subtract $35 from the registration tax paid for each vehicle you own, and record the total on line 7 of Schedule A. Other amounts such as plate fees and filing fees are not deductible and cannot be used as itemized deductions.

To find the registration tax:

  • look at the vehicle registration renewal form issued by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Driver and Vehicle Services division (DVS); or

  • visit the DVS website. You will be asked to enter your Minnesota driver’s license or the vehicle’s plate number.You will be asked to enter your Minnesota driver’s license or the vehicle’s plate number.