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Motor Vehicle Sales Tax

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Motor Vehicle Sales Tax is due on most motor vehicle purchases or transfers.

Tax is due every time that a title transfers, unless an exemption applies. This includes sales by car dealers, leasing companies, private individuals, or any other type of business.

A motor vehicle is any vehicle that requires a license for road use, such as:

  • Cars
  • Motorcycles
  • Motor homes
  • Pickups
  • Trailers
  • Commercial and non-commercial trucks
  • Semi/Truck-tractors
  • Tractors
  • Vans

The tax rate is 6.5% of the vehicle purchase price. This tax is paid to a deputy registrar or Driver and Vehicle Services of the Department of Public Safety when the title is transferred.

A lower sales tax rate applies to sales of older passenger vehicles, collector vehicles, and collector fire trucks. See miscellaneous motor vehicle taxes section for more information.