DC DMV Excise Tax Fee Structure Reminder

In a recent issue of the DC DMV’s “Dealer News” newsletter, they posted the following “Excise Tax Fee Structure Reminder.  Excise Tax rates/fees are determined by both the vehicle unladen weight and the mpg city rating:

Formula – Fair Market Value (FMV) X MPG Taxable Percentage (%) = Excise Tax


  • Fuel efficiency is not based on MPGe (equivalent)
  • Individuals who qualify for the District Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) may elect to pay by weight class (6%, 7%, 8%), or the MPG adjusted tax benchmark/schedule depending on lowest costs.
  • If EITC is applied to the excise tax, documentation from the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) will be required prior to vehicle titling.
  • 100% electric vehicles are exempt from the vehicle excise tax.

If you have any additional questions regarding the excise tax or other inquiries related to DC DMV, please reach out to Joe Koch, Vice President of Operations at WANADA, at 202-821-5824 or jk@wanada.org.

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