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How to find the vehicle license fee part of your annual vehicle registration fee which may be deducted on your income tax?

The vehicle license fee part of your payment is the only part of your annual vehicle registration payment that may be deducted on your income tax. The vehicle license fee can be found on your:

Your annual vehicle registration payment consists of various fees that apply to your vehicle. Your annual renewal notice and registration card itemize these fees.

The following is a list of the various fees that may be included in your annual vehicle registration payment:

  • Registration Fee
  • Vehicle License Fee (This is the fee that may be an income tax deduction)
  • Weight Fee
  • Special Plate Fee
  • County/District Fees
  • Owner Responsibility Fee

If you do not have your renewal notice to find the vehicle license fee you paid, try the online fee calculator .

For information regarding tax deductions, please contact your tax consultant.

For additional tax information contact:

Franchise Tax Board - 1-800-338-0505 or

Internal Revenue Service - 1-800-829-1040

Vehicle Registration Renewal Notice Lost or Not Received.

If you have lost or did not receive a Vehicle Registration Renewal Notice, try the online fee calculator or please call 1-800-777-0133 to determine what fees are due, what documents are required, and for payment options

The penalties when paying annual renewal registration fees late.

California does not offer a grace period after your vehicle's registration expiration date. Be sure to pay your renewal fees on or before the date of expiration shown on your current registration card or penalties will be due in accordance with Vehicle Code Sections 9552 - 9554. The longer you delay payment of fees, the greater the penalty amount will be.

Even though your plates display only the month and year, your registration expires on a specific day. Be sure to check the registration card for the actual day of expiration.

If you do not receive a billing notice approximately 60 days before your vehicle's registration expires, please call 1-800-777-0133 to find out what your fees are.

Use the following information to determine how renewal penalties are calculated. Penalty fees are assessed in addition to any other fees due.

How Vehicle Registration Annual Renewal Penalties are Calculated

Percentage of Vehicle License Fee + Registration Late Fee + CHP Late Fee = Total Due


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