Common Problems

Routine Issues


The most common reason for a tax bill to be issued for a vehicle no longer on the road is the failure of the owner to return the plates to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, as required. If a vehicle no longer on the road retains the plate registration, the bill may not be abated until it is sold or junked.

The most common reason for a tax bill to be issued to a former place of residence is the failure to notify the Registry of Motor Vehicles of the address change or the new place of garaging.

It is important to note that state law authorizes the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to suspend or revoke the license or registration of an operator or owner of a motor vehicle for failure to report within 30 days any change of name or address.
 

Questions


Questions regarding excise tax payments please contact the Treasurer / Collector's Office at 978-318-3050.
For information regarding abatements please contact the Assessor's Office at 978-318-3070.

For further information, access the Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle and Excise Tax Manual (PDF).