Motor Vehicle Excise Training and Resources

This page provides information about calculating and paying Massachusetts motor vehicle excise.

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Motor Vehicle Excise Resources

DOR's Guide to Motor Vehicle Excise  This page on the Department of Revenue's website explains the basics about Motor Vehicle Excise from the taxpayer perspective.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Motor Vehicle Excise (PDF) 

Massachusetts Legislature: General Law - Part I, Title IX, Chapter 60A, Section 1 Excise tax on motor vehicles; assessment and levy; exemptions; abatement for theft of motor vehicle

Secretary of State’s Motor Vehicle Excise Information page


Motor Vehicle Excise: A Guide for Assessors (from Course 101):  Interactive Video  |  PDF printable handbook   This video and PDF explain the assessment and administration of motor vehicle excise in detail. The video runs approximately 30 minutes.

The following topics can be viewed separately:

How Motor Vehicle Excise is Assessed (approx. 6 minutes)

Motor Vehicle Excise Exemptions (approx. 13 minutes)

Motor Vehicle Excise Abatements (approx. 12 minutes)


Motor Vehicle Excise Webinar: This DLS- hosted webinar highlighted motor vehicle excise best practices, excise regulations, and content tips for excise webpages.

Last updated: February 1, 2021