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Posted on: July 16, 2018

Waxhaw Vehicle Fee Facts & FAQs

 Waxhaw Vehicle FeeVEHICLE FEE FAQs:

Is this a fee or a tax?

Typically, the difference between a fee and a tax is that revenue from a fee must be allocated for a specific purpose, while collected taxes can be used for any general purpose. We reference the Motor Vehicle “Fee” because revenue collected will only be used for transportation projects.

 When will the fee take effect?

The fee takes effect beginning July 1st, the beginning of the new fiscal year. However, you may not see it enacted until August as there is sometimes a delay in fee changes at the DMV.

How will it be collected?

The new $25.00 Waxhaw transportation project fee will be added to the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles Annual Registration of each vehicle registered within the Town limits of Waxhaw. The DMV mails each bill about 60 days before a vehicle's annual registration expires. All property taxes for each vehicle, registration fees and all other charges on the renewal notice must be paid to the NCDMV at the same in order to renew each registration.

Who will be affected by this fee?

If you live within the Town of Waxhaw municipal limits and your vehicle is registered with the Town of Waxhaw, the fee will appear on your DMV bill. To find out if your car is registered in Waxhaw, call the Union County Tax Office at (704)283-3848 or search for your vehicle’s address on

Will the fee just keep going up every year?

If the Town had a public transportation system, such as a bus system, the annual fee could legally be raised to a maximum of $30.00 per vehicle. However, because the Town of Waxhaw does not have a public transportation system, the state law will not allow the fee to be raised above $25.00.

Can the fee be used for anything?

While the state law allows up to $5 of the motor
vehicle fee to be used for any lawful purpose, theTown of Waxhaw will require that all revenues
collected from this fee be restricted to be used onlyon Waxhaw public transportation projects. 

If you have more questions about the fee, please email us - or call Town Hall 704-843-2195. 

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