Excise Tax Information

What is excise tax and how is it computed?

Under MGL Chapter 60A, all Massachusetts residents who own and register a motor vehicle must annually pay a motor vehicle excise. Also, under MGL Chapter 59, Section 2, it is important to note that every motor vehicle, whether registered or not, is subject to taxation, either as excise or personal property, for the privilege of road use, whether actual or future. The excise is levied by the city or town where the vehicle is principally garaged and the revenues become part of the local community treasury.

The Secretary of State's office has a booklet and FAQ that can be accessed by clicking here.

The excise bills are generated by the Registry of Motor Vehicles, from information on their computer systems.  If you move, please make sure that your registration and place of garaging are updated to your new address.  Changing your license will not do this.

Select the Online Bill Pay tab to choose a payment option for excise bills.