Legislation (SB 1352) that passed the state Senate on Monday
would increase the annual vehicle registration fee by $8, from $28 to $36. The
$8 increase would increase the annual registration fee per private vehicle by
In 48 counties, vehicle owners pay up to a $30 charge for an
annual vehicle emissions inspection in order to legally drive their cars each
year. In addition, vehicle owners pay personal property taxes based on their
county of residence. Looking at registration and inspection fees alone, the $8
increase would increase the annual burden on each vehicle owner by 14 percent.
In the 52 counties in which an emissions inspection is not required, drivers
pay for a $10 inspection. For them, the $8 increase represents a 21 percent
increase in their annual registration and inspection burden.