With all the registration and toll fee changes, we want to keep you and your drivers updated.
Illinois Registration Fees
Registration fees have increased from $98 to $148 for Illinois drivers of standard vehicles weighing 8,000 pounds or less. Other large vehicles, including trailers and buses, registration fee increased to $100. The registration on electronic vehicles increased from $35 every two years to $248 every year. Below is a breakdown of current fees.
Washington Ends Emission
Testing Washington’s emission check program ended January 1, 2020. With the end of the program, vehicle owners are no longer required to have their vehicle’s emissions tested before renewing their registration. Wheels is actively working on updating our communications to drivers over the next few weeks to eliminate the requirement for initial title and registration, state transfers and renewals.
Oregon Registration Fees
Effective January 1, 2020, Oregon has increased costs for car registrations based on the miles per gallon of the vehicle.
- For vehicles that get zero to 19 miles per gallon, the increase is $18 a year, bringing the registration cost of a passenger vehicle from $86 to $122 for two years.
- Vehicles with a rating between 20 and 39 miles per gallon would have a $23 annual increase, bringing the fee to $132 for two years.
- For vehicles that get 40 or more miles per gallon, the cost would be $33 more a year for a total of $152 for two years.
- Electric vehicles would have the largest increase — $110 a year — with a registration cost of $306 for that same two-year period.
Vehicle owners whose registration expired between January 1, 2018 and the end of 2019 have already seen an increase from $86 to $112 from the first phase of the bill’s fee increases.
Pennsylvania Documentary Fee
As of January 1, 2020, the maximum documentary fee has increased.
- $324 for processing title work manually
- $389 when dealers perform on-line registrations
Each year, after 2020, the document fee will continue to be adjusted annually in accordance with the Consumer Price Index.
The documentary fee:
- Is non-taxable;
- May be excluded from a dealer’s advertised price for the sale of a vehicle;
- Is a negotiable item so the actual dollar amount may not be pre-printed on the buyer’s order;
- Is a dealer-imposed charge, not a state-mandated fee; and
- Must be disclosed on a sign in the dealership.
The documentary fee is not a mandatory charge and will continue to be a negotiable item on the vehicle buyer’s order.
New Insurance Validations
Several states have recently passed legislation that requires insurance validation in order to complete the vehicle registration process. These states include Idaho, Arkansas, and Rhode Island. You may receive notification from your state to complete the insurance information. However, at this time it, can be disregarded as the law is targeted to personal vehicle policies only, and not commercial vehicles.
Wheels is staying close to the new enforcement because as states continue to review their policies this could be subject to change.
Toll Rates Increases
Eight states have new toll rates. They include:
- Central Texas Regional Authority: CTRMA approved a 1.7% toll increase for 183-A and U.S. 290 East, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Read more
- Central Florida Expressway Authority: The CFX Governing Board adopted a new Pay by Plate toll rate, which will go into effect on July 1, 2020. Read more
- Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ): “Tolls, fares and fees are going up on Port Authority bridges, roads, tunnels” effective January 2020. Read more
- Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC): Tolls will be increasing by 6% for both E-ZPass and cash customers. The increase is set to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2020 on all sections and extensions excluding three western PA cashless toll facilities. Read more
- Texas Transportation Commission: Toll rates are increasing 2% on the Grand Parkway, as of Jan. 2020. Check out the new rates.
- Elizabeth River Crossings: The tolls on the Downtown and Midtown tunnels in Virginia will increase. Check out the new rates.
- Chicago Skyway: Car tolls increased to 30 cents to be $5.60.
- The 407ETR in Canada: Effective February 1, 2020, seasonal tolls will be introduced in Canada to help keep traffic moving. Read more
- Washington SR 99 Tunnel: Effective at the end of last year, the SR 99 tunnel has a toll in both directions. Read more
Toll rates range from $1 to $2.25. Read more We’re also monitoring a conversation regarding congestion toll pricing. Both New York City and Chicago are considering congestion pricing to reduce traffic in the city. Nothing is solidified, but we will continue to monitor for 2021 and beyond.