Motor Vehicle Information

Motor Vehicle excise bills are produced at various times during the year. Please read below for more information on Motor Vehicle Excise.

Every motor vehicle and trailer registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is subject to the motor vehicle excise unless expressly exempted. Registering a motor vehicle automatically triggers the assessment of excise, which is calculated at a rate of $25.00 per $1,000.00 of value. The Registry of Motor Vehicles is responsible for this valuation. Motor Vehicle Excise Tax is assessed on January 1 of each year. Vehicles registered during the year are issued a pro-rated excise tax bill for that year.

All of the information on your motor vehicle tax bill comes from the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to the town. The vehicle owner must contact the insurance company and the Registry of Motor Vehicles to make address and other changes on a motor vehicle excise bill..

The Town mails motor vehicle excise bills to registered owners once a year or after a change in registration. Payments are due 30 days from the date of issue of the bill.

If the bill is not paid on the DUE date, a demand notice will be mailed adding a $15.00 fee plus interest. If an excise bill remains unpaid for 14 days after the issuance of the demand, the tax collector may issue a warrant to the Deputy Collector, which will add collection fees and could end with a mark at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. This mark at the RMV will prevent the registered owner from renewing a driver’s license or registering another vehicle.