All U.S. states require motorists to register and title their vehicles with their respective motor vehicle departments, and to pay the applicable fees that come with these processes. However, each state has its own set of procedures and motor vehicle registration requirements. Certain states such as Alaska, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin issue a flat rate registration fee, while other states such as North Dakota, South Dakota, New York and Florida issue weight-based registration and titling fees. Additionally, registration fees in states such as Minnesota, California and Iowa differ depending on the value of the vehicle, while titling fees in states such as Montana, Idaho and Oklahoma vary depending on the age of the driver.
To help drivers determine which states have the cheapest registration and titling fees, the experts at Car-Registration.org have put together a list of inexpensive registration fees by state.
Alabama offers affordable annual vehicle registrations at $23 and a one-time titling fee at $18. However, vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 8,000 pounds require an additional fee of $50.
According to the team at Car-Registration.org, the state of Arizona offers one of the cheapest base registration fees. At just $8, Arizona residents can register a vehicle for a period of one or two years. The title fee is just $4.
While the titling fee is $10 in Arkansas, the registration fee varies depending on the weight of the vehicle. Vehicles under 3,000 pounds require a $17 registration fee, while vehicles of up to 4,500 pounds require a $25 registration fee. Vehicles weighing more than 4,500 pounds require a $30 registration fee.
The state of Georgia charges a titling fee of $18 and an annual registration fee of $20. However, additional fees may apply for electric vehicles.
According to the team of experts at Car-Registration.org, the state of Indiana offers low registration and titling fees as well. Vehicle titles are $15 and registrations are $21.35.
In Maine, the one-time vehicle titling fee is $33, and the annual registration fee is $35.
According to the expert team at Car-Registration.org, the Mississippi titling fee is just $8, while the annual registration fee is as low as $14.
In the state of Missouri, the annual registration fee is based on the vehicle’s taxable horsepower (hp). For instance, vehicles with less than 12 hp require an $18 registration fee, while vehicles with 12 to 23 hp require a $21 registration fee. Vehicles with 24 to 35 hp require a $24 registration fee, while vehicles with 36 to 47 hp require a $33 registration fee. The titling fee is just $8.50.
Registration fees in Nebraska depend on the make and model of the vehicle, as well as the driver’s county of residence. However, base registrations are $15 annually, and titles are $10.
The title fee in New Mexico is $3, while annual registration fees vary depending on the model year and weight of the vehicle. One-year registrations range from $27 to $62, while two-year registrations range from $54 to $124.
Registration fees in South Carolina vary depending on the age of the driver. For instance, drivers under the age of 64 pay a $24 registration fee, while drivers 65 years of age and older pay $20. Drivers who are 64 years of age pay $22. Additionally, the titling fee in South Carolina is $10.
In the state of Tennessee, the vehicle titling fee is just $11, while the annual registration fee is $25. However, additional fees may apply for electric vehicles.
The Washington registration fee is $30 (plus a variable weight fee, the local fee and the state fee). However, the titling fee is only $15.
The title fee in West Virginia is $10, while the annual registration fee for vehicles under 10,000 pounds is $30.
According to the team at Car-Registration.org, the state of Wyoming offers affordable titles and registrations too, both at just $15.