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Last Updated: 5/11/2012

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 8 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.