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Explanation of Fees

It is not possible to quote exact fees for a particular registration without the necessary paperwork since there are too many variables, which affect those fees.

In general, a vehicle registration requires fees to be paid to the local municipality (City of Manchester) and fees due to the State of New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  Because the City is a municipal agent, in most cases the combined fees can be paid directly to the City at the same time, saving customers a separate trip to a State DMV office.

City of Manchester, NH Registration Permit Fees

The City permit fee for registration is based on the vehicle model year, the original factory list price of the vehicle, and the expiration date. For a new registration, the model year determines which tax rate ($18, 15, 12, 9, 6, or 3 dollars per $1,000 of original list price) is used to compute the City permit fee. For example, a 2015 model year is charged $18 per thousand; a 2014 model year is charged $15 per thousand, etc. The number of months for which a new vehicle will be registered is determined by either the vehicle owner's month of birth or an assigned month if the owner is a business or lease company. Generally, a new vehicle cannot be registered for less than five months or more than sixteen months.

In addition to the Permit Fee, there are several fees authorized by State Statute with the approval of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA). Those fees are:

  • Town Clerk (TC) This fee covers the general administrative costs of preparing an auto registration permit. The fee is $2.00, charged for every vehicle registration.
  • Title Application (TA) This fee covers the general administrative costs of “preparation, examination, record-keeping and filing” of a title application. The fee is $2.00 and is charged upon the initial registration of a vehicle requiring a title.
  • Municipal Agent (MA) This fee covers the administrative costs of completing a registration for State Motor Vehicles. A “Municipal Agent” is a municipality that has been authorized by the Department of Safety to perform certain functions on its behalf. Beginning in July 1995, the City of Manchester was authorized to issue decals for renewal of vehicles and to complete transfers (i.e. a plate is transferred from an existing vehicle to a new purchase).  The fee is $3.00 and is charged on all registrations which are completed at City Hall and stamped with the Department of Safety seal, thus eliminating an additional stop at State Motor Vehicles.
  • Waste Reclamation (WR) This fee enables a Manchester resident to bring his/her motor vehicle wastes (namely, used tires, used batteries and used motor oil) to the solid waste disposal facility on Dunbarton Road at no charge. The money collected from this fee is placed in a reclamation trust fund specifically for the purpose of paying collection and disposal fees for the City's motor vehicle waste. The fee is charged for every registration and is based upon the type of vehicle: $3.00 for most vehicles, $2.00 for trailers, and $5.00 for heavy vehicles over 18,000 pounds.  The BMA enacted this fee as of July 1, 1996.
  • Municipal Transportation Improvement (MTI) A $5.00 fee per vehicle is charged and the money is set-aside in a municipal transportation improvement fund, which is used exclusively for improvement to the local and regional transportation system. This system includes “roads, bridges, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, parking and intermodal facilities and public transportation.” The BMA adopted this fee on June 2, 1998 with an effective date of July 1, 1998.
  • Parking Trust Fund (PTF) All fees collected shall be used for the construction, operation and maintenance of public parking facilities. This fee is set-aside in a dedicated fund. The maximum fee per vehicle is $2.00 as established by City Ordinance.  The Parking Trust Fund was adopted on June 2, 2003 and was effective July 1, 2003.
  • Data Processing Fee (DPF) This fee was authorized by the BMA on May 6, 2014, effective August 1, 2014.   This fee applies to renewals only and helps to cover cost involved with renewal data management.  This includes electronic State and local renewal data files, management of paper renewal notices, registration renewals, envelopes, postage and related costs.  The DPF also covers all data processing involved to ensure accurate and timely renewal processing, problem resolution, and secure data destruction.

State of New Hampshire Registration Fees

State of NH fees vary based on the type and weight of vehicle, the type and class of registration for a given vehicle, whether any optional registration services are requested, the length of the registration period, and other factors.   For details on the various State fees, please visit the following:

For questions or concerns please call the State Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at (603) 227-4030.