Every October 1st, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) compiles a list of registered vehicles in each town. This list is keyed off the town code on file with the DMV for each vehicle. This list is sent to each town Assessor to price and provide to the Tax Collector to bill the following July 1st. Bills are mailed at the end of June and are due in full July 1st, payable by the first business day of August. To avoid a penalty, payment must be postmarked, hand delivered or made online by the first business day of August. Payments made after the first business day of August will incur interest at the rate of 1.5% per month calculated back to the July 1st due date (August interest charge is 3%; 1.5% for July, 1.5% for August). Any vehicle registered October 2nd through July 31st will be part of the Supplemental billing due in January of the following year. Taxes are collectible for 15 years from the due date of the tax and adjustments to the tax can only be made to a tax bill if the proper paperwork is received by the Assessor within 27 months from the assessment date.
If the Assessor provides an adjusted assessment based on sufficient documentation of the disposal of your vehicle, the adjusted tax must be paid in full by the first business day in August. It is recommended that you pay the bill in full and we will process a refund form for any credit balance over $5.00. There are no exceptions.
Assessor’s office contact information:
The link below provides a list of acceptable forms of proof to adjust a motor vehicle tax bill. All questions and documentation should be sent directly to our Assessor’s office:
Required documentation for motor vehicle assessment changes
Please note - adjustments to motor vehicle bills can only be made from 27 months from the assessment date of the bill.
I no longer own the vehicle for which you are billing me. What do I do?
If you disposed of this vehicle and did NOT transfer the license plates to another vehicle, please refer to the required documentation for motor vehicle assessment changes.
If you disposed of the vehicle after October 1st and transferred license plates to another vehicle, you should pay the tax bill due in July on the former vehicle and you will receive a pro-rated bill the following January that will have an assessment credit automatically applied.
I recently returned my license plates to DMV and was told to contact my local Town Assessor. What do I have to do now?
If the vehicle was sold, stolen, totaled, junked, donated, repossessed or registered in another state, you may be entitled to an assessment adjustment on the vehicle in question. Please see the required documentation for motor vehicle assessment changes for further information. It is important to remember that the CT DMV does not notify towns when a registration is cancelled.
I now live in another state. Do I have to pay this tax bill?
Taxes on a motor vehicle are due and payable until the vehicle is disposed of or registered in another state.
If you took the vehicle with you and registered it in your new state, our Assessor requires the following to adjust or delete the bill (whichever may apply):
(1) a copy of the original registration from the new state
(2) the cancelled plate receipt from the CT DMV
If you disposed of the vehicle before you moved, please see the required documentation for motor vehicle assessment changes.
*** IMPORTANT: No adjustment will be made to a tax bill until the vehicle is either registered in a new state or disposed of. Also, the State of Connecticut has a 2-year vehicle registration. You must cancel the registration by either mailing back the license plates to the Wethersfield DMV branch or filing for a lost or stolen plate (if applicable) online in order to stop the taxation of the vehicle.
PLEASE NOTE - taxes are collectible for 15 years from the due date of the tax and adjustments to the tax can only be made to a tax bill if the proper paperwork is received by the Assessor within 27 months from the assessment date.
Link to CT DMV.
I moved to another town in Connecticut. Do I still owe this tax bill to the Town of Farmington?
If you moved to another town AFTER October 1st, you owe the tax bill due the following July to the Town of Farmington. We do not pro-rate between towns when you move within the state.
If you moved to another town BEFORE October 1st, our Assessor will require proof of residency to delete the bill and send it to your new town. Please contact our Assessor’s office for acceptable forms of proof.
*** IMPORTANT: You must change the tax town code on your registration(s) with the CT DMV for future tax billings.
I received a motor vehicle bill from the Town of Farmington even though I have never lived in Farmington. What should I do?
Please contact our Assessor’s office for assistance. Since the bill is generated from the tax town code on file with DMV, you need to change the tax town code with the DMV immediately to correct future billings.