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DMV - Frequently Asked Questions

The following section answers some of our customer's frequently asked questions.

 
 

Motor Vehicle Fees - Effective October 1st 2015

Registration - Cars

Renewals (yearly)Cars, SUV's, Station wagons, minivans, small trucks $40 Late Renewal $20
Temporary Tag $20 Temporary Permit $20
Handicapped Placard No Charge Vanity Plate (yearly) $40
Moped $5 Motorcycle $15
Environmental Specialty Plate (one time fee)Lighthouse Plate or Duck Plate $50 Farmland Preservation Specialty Plate orMarine Mammal Plate(one time fee) $50
Animal Welfare Specialty Plate(one time fee) $50 Stop Child Abuse Plate Intial plate fee is $40 then costs $40 a year on top of registration fees $50
Delaware Equine Council(one time fee) $50 Keep Delaware Beautiful (one time fee) $50
Fresh Water Fish Plate(one time fee) $95 Salt Water Fishing Plate $95

Registration

Farm Trucks - 5,000 pounds or less $40 Greater than 5,000 pounds (*Price for each 1,000 pounds over 5,000) $3.80
Recreational Vehicles - 5,000 pounds or less $40 Greater than 5,000 pounds (*Price for each 1,000 pounds over 5,000) $6.40
Trailers - 1,000 pounds $15 3,000 to 5,000 pounds $40
Trailers - 2,000 pounds $20 For each 1,000 pounds over 5,000 pounds $18
Commercial Vehicles - 5,000 pounds or less $40 Commercial Vehicles - for each 1,000 pounds over5,000 pounds $18

Duplicates

License Plate with Sticker $10 License Plate without Sticker $5
Sticker $5 Dealer License Plate $10
Registration Card $10 Environmental/Animal Plate $10
Sample License Plate $6

Titles

Title with Lien $55 Title without Lien $35
Duplicate Title $50 Change Tag Fee (Service Fee) $15
Corrected Title with Lien $55 Corrected Title without Lien $35
Vehicle Record $25 Certified Vehicle Affidavit $30
Retain Tag Fee $20 Switch Tag Fee (per tag & title) $20
Late Fee ( charged 30 days after a private sale and 60 days after sale by Delaware Dealer) $35
Document Fee:4.25 % of purchase price or NADA book value, whichever is greater. Minimum document fee is $8.00. 3.75 % for Mobile Homes.

Uninsured Motorist

Penalty Fee for Uninsured Motorist (*PLUS $5.00 per day after the 31st day from the mailing date of notice) $100*
Vehicle Registration Reinstatement $50 DL Suspension Reinstatement $50

Drivers License

Class D (5 year) $25 Renewal Class D (5 year) $25
Class D (8 year) $40 Renewal Class D (8 year) $40
Renewal Permanent Class (5 YR) $15 CDL (5 year) $30
Renewal Permanent Class (8 YR) $24 CDL (8 year) $48
CDL each Additional Endorsement $5 Non-CDL Class A/B (5 year) $25
Non-CDL Class A/B (8 year) $40
Motorcycle Endorsement (5yr) $8 Taxi Endorsement $3
Motorcycle Endorsement (8yr) $12
Late Renewal Fee $10 Duplicate License $20
Change of Name $1.15 Change of Address No Charge
Phote Identification Card $20 Duplicate Photo ID Card $5
Drivers License Record $25 Certified DL Affidavit $30
DL Suspension $50 DL Revocation Reinstatement $200

“New Vehicle” Any vehicle that is submitted with a Manufacturers Certificate of Origin, and has never been titled or registered is considered new.

"Used vehicle" includes every motor vehicle or OHV which has been sold, bargained, exchanged, given away or title transferred from the person who first acquired it from the manufacturer or importer, dealer or agent of the manufacturer or importer and so used as to have become what is commonly known as "secondhand" within the ordinary meaning thereof.

“Rebuilt Salvage” is a vehicle that has been deemed a total loss from an insurance company and has been repaired, taken thru an Auto Theft Unit for inspection and given the Brand of Rebuilt Salvage from Auto Theft. A dealer or agent of a dealer must disclose to a buyer if the vehicle title has been branded "reconstructed", "flood damaged", "salvage" or was a "taxi". The buyer(s) shall acknowledge the disclosure as described in this paragraph by signing a disclosure statement which has been approved by the Division of Motor Vehicles and is provided by the dealership. A copy of the disclosure statement shall be provided to the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles with the title application. In the absence of any disclosure statement, the contract may be rescinded at any time by the buyer and the dealer shall provide a full and complete refund to the buyer of all purchase moneys, including interest paid, plus all fees paid. Disclosure shall not prevent any person from otherwise bringing any action under any law for a failure to disclose material information concerning the condition or prior use of any vehicle.

NEW VEHICLE TITLE/REGISTRATION CHART
(New vehicles never titled in any state, weighing 10,000 pounds or less, being titled after September 30, )
VEHICLE MODEL YEAR SAFETY / EMISSIONS INSPECTION EXEMPTION REGISTRATION OPTION
YES 1 TO 7 YEARS
YES 1 TO 6 YEARS
YES 1 TO 5 YEARS
YES 1 TO 4 YEARS
YES 1 To 3 YEARS
YES 1 To 2 YEARS
YES 1 YEAR Only
USED VEHICLES NEVER TITLED IN DELAWARE TITLE/REGISTRATION CHART
(Used vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or less being titled after September 30, ). NOTE: VIN verification required)
VEHICLE MODEL YEAR SAFETY / EMISSIONS INSPECTION EXEMPTION REGISTRATION OPTION
YES 1 TO 6 YEARS
YES 1 TO 6 YEARS
YES 1 TO 5 YEARS
YES 1 TO 4 YEARS
YES 1 TO 3 YEARS
YES 1 To 2 YEARS
YES 1 YEAR ONLY
DELAWARE-TITLED USED VEHICLE TITLE/REGISTRATION RENEWALS CHART
(Vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or less, registration expiring after September 30, Used vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or less being titled after September 30, ) , renewal must be accomplished within 90 days prior to the registration expiration date.)
***Registration options are restricted by initial Delaware title date***
VEHICLE MODEL YEAR INSPECTION EXEMPTION REGISTRATION OPTION
YES 1 TO 6 YEARS
YES 1 TO 6 YEARS
YES 1 TO 5 YEARS
YES 1 TO 4 YEARS
YES 1 TO 3 YEARS
YES 1 TO 2 YEARS
YES 1 YEAR ONLY

C – Commercial – used on trucks and vans

CL – Commercial- used on trucks and vans

CT – Construction Tag –issued to a licensed business, must provide liability insurance for the company and can go on equipment owned by the company such as construction equipment ie back hoes, well diggers and such.

FT - Farm Truck- Farm truck license plates (“FT” tags):

a. Farmers may qualify for the reduced registration fee for “FT” license tags if they derive at least $1,000.00 of their annual income from the operation of their farm and they own or rent at least 10 acres which is actively used in the farming operation from which they derive that income.

b. Any vehicle upon which an “FT” license tag is affixed must be used exclusively in the operation of a farm.

c. Farmers shall not hire or rent the farm truck, or permit a farm truck to be used for hauling merchandise, farm products, or other items whatsoever under rent, hire, or for pay.

d. Farmers shall not use any vehicle upon which an “FT” license tag is affixed for any use except in the operation of a farm owned or rented by the registered owner of such vehicle or in aid of and assistance to another farmer for harvest purposes.

FV – Farm Vehicle-Any vehicle or trailer upon which a "Farm Vehicle" “FV” tag is affixed must be used exclusively in the operation of a farm, or for personal use other than non-farming commercial use.Vehicle with a FV tag cannot go more than 20 miles from the farm.

LX – Limousine - 'Limousine' is a self-propelled motor vehicle having a passenger capacity, exclusive of driver, of 18 persons or less engaged in the transportation with a driver for hire of persons and their accompanying property over regular or irregular routes between two termini at least one of which is fixed and which motor vehicle is not equipped with a taxi meter as a means of computing the rate, fare or compensation to be charged for such transportation, but excluding, however, carpools, vanpools and public agency vehicles not operated as a commercial venture, and ambulances, vehicles used exclusively for the transportation of decedents and persons participating in funeral services, vehicles used solely to provide free transportation services for customers of the business establishment operating said vehicles, and rental or leased vehicles which rental or lease does not include a driver, provided, however, that no motor vehicle excluded under this definition shall be used on a for-hire basis with a driver except as authorized by this Chapter

MC – Motorcycle - "Motorcycle" includes every motor vehicle designed to travel on not more than 3 wheels in contact with the ground, except any such vehicle as may be included within the definition of "auto cycle" or "tractor" and excepting electric personal assistive mobility device (EPAMD)

MH – Mobile Home - "Mobile home" is a structure transportable in 1 or more sections, which in the traveling mode is 8 body feet or more in width or 40 body feet or more in length, or when erected on-site, is more than 400 square feet, and which is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities, and includes the plumbing, heating and air conditioning. The structure must be constructed in accordance with construction requirements promulgated by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

MP – Moped - "Moped" shall mean a pedal or non-pedal bicycle having 2 tandem wheels, either of which is 10 inches or more in maximum diameter, and having an internal combustion motor characterized in that the maximum piston displacement is less than 55 cc, or an electric motor rated between 751 watts and 2,000 watts.

PC – Passenger Carrier usually placed on SUV’s, minivans, station wagons, and anything being registered at 7,000 pounds or less.

PV – Pleasure Vehicle (all-numeric) placed on cars or any vehicle being registered at 7,000 pounds or less.

RT- Recreational Trailer "Recreational trailer" includes every trailer which weighs more than 5,000 pounds, is designed to provide temporary living quarters and which is built into and is an integral part of, or permanently attached to, a trailer chassis. The trailer must contain permanently installed independent life support systems which meet the ANSI/NFPA 501 C Standard [ANSI A119.2/NFPA 501C], and provide at least 4 of the following facilities: Cooking facilities; refrigeration or ice box; self-contained toilet; heating and/or air conditioning; a portable water supply system, including a faucet and sink; separate 110-125 volt electrical power supply; or an LP-gas supply.

RV – Recreational Vehicle - "Recreational vehicle" includes every motor vehicle used for temporary human living quarters, not the residence of the owner or occupant, and used for recreational or vacation activities, including motor homes, self-propelled campers and other motor vehicles with permanently attached camper components. Recreational vehicle may also include every van which is used primarily for personal pleasure and not for commercial use, regardless of the equipment or furnishings contained within such van.

SR - A "street rod" shall mean a vehicle, the body and frame of which were manufactured prior to the year 1970 and which has been modified for safe road use, or a kit car which resembles that of an original pre 1970 vehicle and has also been modified for safe road use. For the purposes of this section "modified" means, but is not limited to, a substantial and material alteration, or replacement of the engine, drive-train, suspension or brake system or alteration of the body which may be chopped, channeled, sectioned, filled or otherwise changed dimensionally from the original manufactured body.

T – Trailer - "Trailer" includes a mobile home, park trailer, travel trailer, house trailer, office trailer, camping trailer or any vehicle without motive power designed to carry property or passengers wholly on its own structure and to be drawn by a motor vehicle.

TX – Taxi- 'Taxicab' means any self-propelled motor vehicle having a passenger capacity exclusive of driver of 11 persons or less engaged in the transportation with a driver for hire of persons and their accompanying property, or of small packages on isolated occasions and not as part of regular operations, over irregular routes between termini which are not fixed, provided, however, that the utilization of taxicab stands or holding points shall not constitute fixed termini, and excluding, however, carpools, vanpools and public agency vehicles not operated as a commercial venture, and ambulances, vehicles used exclusively for the transportation of decedents and persons participating in funeral services, vehicles used solely to provide free transportation services for customers of the business establishment operating said vehicles, and rental or leased vehicles which rental or lease does not include a driver, provided, however, that no motor vehicle excluded under this definition shall be used on a for-hire basis with a driver except as authorized by Chapter 21.

Document Fee is covered in Delaware Code, Title 30 chapter 30 § 3002

Document Fee is charged at the time of titling.

The Document fee imposed herein shall be computed as follows:
(1) Where the purchase price is less than $400, there shall be a uniformrate of $8:00;
(2) Where the purchase price is $400 or more, up to and including $500, the document fee shall be $13.75; (3) The document fee payable thereafter shall increase in increments of $4.25 per each additional $100 of purchase price or any fraction thereof, rounded to the nearest dollar; except that the document fee thereafter for mobile homes shall increase in increaments of $3.75 per each additional $100 of purchase price or any fraction thereof, rounded to the nearest dollar.

There is imposed upon the sale,transfer or registration of any new or used motor vehicle, truck tractor, trailer or motorcycle in this State a motor vehicle document fee, which fee is to be paid by the owner and shall be collected by the Division of Motor Vehicles for deposit to the credit of the Transportation Trust Fund pursuant to Chapter 14 of Title 2, as amended, and any resolution or agreement of the Delaware Transportation Authority, authorizing the issuance of bonds to finance the costs of transportation facilities described in said title, to be used to finance the costs of roads, highways and other transportation facilities and not to defray the expenses and obligations of the general government of the State.

The “Buying Price/Purchase Price” of the vehicle is used to determine the Document Fee to receive a Delaware Title.

"Purchase price" means the value or any other consideration given by the owner to the seller for a motor vehicle; where trade-ins or allowances are given in conjunction with the purchase of any motor vehicle, the purchase price shall be the gross purchase price less any trade-in or allowance given by the seller of the motor vehicle to the owner of the motor vehicle;

Do not deduct rebates from purchase price.  Rebate amounts are factored into the Document Fee. 

Below is a list of items included in the “Buying Price”.  This list however is not all inclusive:

  • 3M Protection (protection on paint & interior)
  • All State Paint and Interior
  • 3M Roadblock (sealant)
  • ACP
  • Accessories (ex: pinstripe, toolbox, floor mats)
  • ADM (additional dealer mark-up)
  • Aftermarket
  • All State Theft/Theft Guard
  • All State Tire A
  • Appearance Package
  • Bay Bridge Body
  • Batteries
  • Bed Liner, LineX
  • Bin Pkg (basic shelving)
  • BSM (Body Side Molding)
  • Blue Tooth
  • C Care (finish applied to vehicle)
  • Cert (pre-certified)
  • Chemical Protectants
  • Data Dots (Lojack)
  • Dealer Prep
  • Delivery
  • Destination
  • DFI Windshield Treatment
  • Door Film (door guard to protect against dents)
  • Dupont Paint (paint protection)
  • Dupont Auto App Pkg (paint protection)
  • Enviro Package (nano & paint protection)
  • Environmental Protection (Polysteel)
  • Freight
  • Glasscoat
  • GPS
  • Guardian Protection
  • Home Link
  • Labor to install options or accessories
  • LoJack
  • Lux Care (TWG Luxcare XT Protection)
  • MotionGPS
  • Nano
  • Navigation System
  • Nimbo Tracker
  • Nitro Fill
  • Nitrogen Tires
  • Paint Protection
  • Plexi-Glass Enclosure in trailers
  • Prep/Reconditioning Fee
  • Price Pro Plan
  • ProPack
  • Protection Pkg
  • Pulse
  • Rebates
  • Remote Start
  • Resistall (coating)
  • Roadblock
  • Security Guard
  • Simoniz Glasscoat
  • Starlink
  • Sway Weight Dist System
  • Tint
  • Tow Package
  • Transit Charge (same as Freight)
  • Vehicle Protection
  • Wheel Locks
  • Winner Protection Pkg
  • Xzilon (on paint)
  • Zurich Shield (coating)

Delaware DMV does not include warranty’s, financing fees or dealer discounts into the purchase price of the vehicle. 

Should you offer something to your  customers and are not sure if Delaware DMV will charge contact us and we will review the information to determine whether it is chargeable or not. 

The following items should NOT be included in the buying price of the vehicle:

  • Acquisition Fee
  • Carco
  • Cilajet (warranty)
  • Cost Guard – Warranty
  • Clothing
  • Dealer Discounts
  • Ding Monkey     Dent Wizard
  • Etch
  • FET (Federal Excise Tax)
  • GAP
  • Guardian Warranty
  • Handicap Accessories (ex; lift)
  • Helmets
  • Key Care (key replacement for up to 5 years)
  • Multishield (tire/wheel/windshield protection)
  • Oil Change Club
  • Paintless Dent
  • PFL Platinum (service oil changes)
  • Premier UVP
  • Premium Care
  • Price of Dover VIP Reward Program
  • Red Shield
  • Road Hazard
  • Roadvantage
  • Safe Ride (Tire Protection)
  • Shadow Mark (aka Vin Etch per Nucar)
  • Smart Identity (warranty per Sherwood)
  • T-shirts, Jackets
  • Tax
  • The Mechanic Warranty
  • Theft Deterrent
  • Theft Protection (aka Etching)
  • Three for One (Road Hazzard Protection)   
  • TWG Three for One Protection
  • Tire & Wheel Protection
  • Titanium Combo/Titanium Plus (multiple warranties)
  • *Total Protection Package (multiple warranties)
  • Ultimate Vehicle Protection (warranty)
  • Ultimate Titanium
  • Vehicle Recovery
  • Wear Care (warranty)
  • Wheel and Tire
  • Window Etch
  • Wind Protect WND Protect=nano+ding monkey)
  • WYNNS
  • Zurich Maintenance
  • Zurich Shield Warranty

***This is not an all inclusive list***

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ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA AKA
ALPHA PHI ALPHA APA
AMERICAN LEGION AL
BUFFALO SOLDIERS BUF
CAESAR RODNEY SCHOOLCR
CAPE HENLOPEN HIGH CH
CARAVEL ACADEMY CA
CIVIL AIR PATROL CAP
CONRAD HIGH SCHOOL CHS
CREDIT UNION CU
DE ASSOC OF REALTOR DAR
DEL CORRECTIONAL OFFLE
DEL MOBILE SURF FISHDMS
DEL SENIOR OLYMPICS DSO
DELAWARE STATE UNIV DSU
DELAWARE TECH DT
DELAWARE VETERAN DV
DELMAR HIGH SCHOOL DS
DELTA SIGMA THETA DST
DELTA WATER FOWL DW
DISABLED VETERAN DAV
DOVER CHIEFS GROUP DCG
DOVER HIGH SCHOOL DHS
DUCKS UNLIMITED DU
EASTERN STAR PHA ES
ELKS LODGE ELK
FARM BUREAU FB
FELTON HIGH SCHOOL FHS
FRATERNAL ORDER POLIFOP
GOLD STAR FAMILY GS
GOLDEY BEACOM COLLEGGBC
GROOVE PHI SOCIAL FEG
HANDICAPPED PERSON HP
HARRINGTON HS ALUMNIHHS
HONORING VETERANS HV
JOHN HOPKINS UNIV JHU
KAPPA ALPH PSI K
KINGS PORT MERCHANT KP
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS KC
KOREAN WAR VETERAN KWV
LADIES AUXILLARY LA
LIONS CLUB LC
LOYAL ORDER MOOSE LM
MARINE CORP MCL
MASONIC MASON MM
MILITARY VETERAN MV
MISSING IN ACTION MIA
MISSING IN ACTION MIA
NANTICOKE INDIAN ASCNIA
NATIONAL GUARD NG
NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCNRA
NCC RETIRED POLICE CP
NEWARK HIGH SCHOOL NHS
NOTRE DAME ND
NUR SHRINE NUR
OHIO STATE UNIV OSU
OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERQUE
OPER IRAQI FREEDOM OIF
OPERATION DESERT ODS
ORDER EASTERN STAR OES
PARAMEDIC NR
PEARL HARBOR SURV PHS
PENN STATE UNIV PS
PERDUE UNIV ALUMNI P
PHI BETA SIGMA PBS
PRINCE HALL AFFIL PHA
PRISONER OF WAR POW
PURPLE HEART PH
RESERVED FORCES RF
RETIRED STATE POLICESP
SAINT JOSEPHS UNIV SJ
SALESIANUM SCH ALUMNSA
SCA
SOUTHERN DE STR ROD CC
STANDARD BREEDERS OWSOA
STATEFAIR CENTENNIALSF
SUBMARINE SERVICE SS
TELEPHONE PIONEERS TP
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY TU
UNITED AUTO WORKERS UAW
UNIV OF MICHIGAN UM
UNIV OF PENNSYLVANIAUP
UNIVERSITY DELAWARE UD
VETERANS FOREIGN WARVFW
VIETNAM VETERANS VV
VILLANOVA UNIV VU
VIRGINIA TECH VT
VOLUNTEER FIREMEN VF
WESLEY COLLEGE W
WEST VIRGINIA UNIV WVU
WILD TURKEY WT
WILM FIRE DEPT WFD
WILM POLICE DEPT WPD
WILMINGTON COLLEGE WC
WILMINGTON UNIV WU
WOMEN MILITARY SRVC WMS
WORLD WAR II VETS WWI
ZETA PHI BETA Z