Office of the Assessor
Motor Vehicle Information
When you no longer own a motor vehicle, you should contact the Assessor’s Office as soon as possible. This will ensure that you receive any credit that may be due on your motor vehicle tax bill. Per state statute there is a time limit for credits and corrections. If you are moving, a copy of the other state’s registration on your motor vehicle is acceptable.
Furnishing proof of the date on which you no longer owned the vehicle will allow the following:
1. Ensure that the vehicle is removed from the October 1st Grand List following the date on which you no longer owned the vehicle.
2. Give formal notice to the Assessor’s Office that you have sold, donated, junked or traded in the vehicle so that any allowable credit can be processed. Canceling your plates does not automatically cause an adjustment. The taxpayer must document that they no longer own the vehicle.
Documentation required by the Assessor would include a copy of your returned plate receipt along with a completed bill of sale or a copy of your cancelled titles. There are several other forms of documentation, which may be used along with a plate receipt. For further details, contact the Assessor’s Office.
**Effective October 1, 2008 an assessment cap of $500 is allowed, pursuant to CGS Section 56 of PA 08-150 which amends subsection (b) of 12-71, for a "motor vehicle twenty years old or older which is being preserved because of historic interest and which is not altered or modified from the original manufacturer's specifications." Annual application stating that the older vehicle has not been modified is required by January 31st to receive the reduced assessment. Click here for an application.
- The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles can be accessed online at www.dmvct.org
- Active-duty service persons may download exemption applications for motor vehicle tax from the Connecticut Association of Assessing Officers at www.caao.com