Montanans are required to pay a little more to register their vehicles starting in 2018.
State lawmakers approved the fee hikes in their last session. Basically it means a 3 percent hike for all transactions involving all motor vehicles starting in the New Year. The cost depends on the age of your car or truck.
State officials say the cost for a newer vehicle four years or younger will be about $8 per registration transaction. Vehicles 10 years old will be nearly $5 and about a $3 increase for cars and trucks more than 11 years old.
According to state reports the base average registration fee for a newer vehicle is about $215 while cars and trucks five to 10 years old its nearly $90. And, for vehicles more than ten years old the base rate is about $30. That’s without the fee increases added.
The state also is charging a higher fee for the Montana Highway Patrol. It goes up from $5 to $10 per vehicle as the new year gets underway.