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Wheelage Tax

What is a Wheelage Tax?

A wheelage tax is a $10 tax that is levied by the county board of commissioners on vehicles kept in their county when not in operation and that are subject to annual registration and taxation under Chapter 168. (Reference: Minnesota Statutes, section 163.051). 
  
Effective January 1, 2014**, the Minnesota Wheelage Tax increased to $10 and will be imposed annually on motor vehicles registered in the following counties that have approved the tax. If you have any questions related to the Wheelage tax, they can be directed to the participating counties listed below:
  1. Benton:  320-968-5054
  2. Brown:  507-233-5700
  3. Carver:  952-361-1910
  4. Chisago: 651-257-1300
  5. Clay: 218-299-5012
  6. Cottonwood: 507-831-1458
  7. Dakota:  651-438-8318
  8. Dodge:  507-374-6694
  9. Faribault:  507-526-6225
  10. Freeborn: 507-377-5116
  11. Goodhue: 651-385-3000
  12. Hennepin: 612-348-3000
  13. Houston: 507-725-3925
  14. Isanti: 763-689-1130
  15. Itasca: 218-327-2853
  16. Jackson: 507-847-2525
  17. Kanabec: 320-679-6300
  18. Kandiyohi: 320-235-3266
  19. Lac qui Parle: 320-598-3878
  20. Le Sueur: 507-357-2251
  21. Lincoln: 507-694-1464 
  22. Lyon: 507-537-6724 
  23. Marshall: 218-745-4381
  24. Martin: 507-238-3274
  25. McLeod: 320-864-5551
  26. Mille Lacs: 320-983-8218
  27. Morrison: 320-632-2941
  28. Mower: 507-437-7718
  29. Murray: 507-836-1152 
  30. Nicollet: 507-934-7204 
  31. Nobles: 507-295-5200
  32. Norman: 218-784-5473
  33. Olmsted: 507-328-7070
  34. Otter Tail: 218-998-8473 
  35. Pennington: 218-683-7017
  36. Pine: 320-591-1400  (discontinued with registration period that begins January 1, 2017 & beyond)
  37. Polk: 218-281-3952
  38. Pope: 320-634-7700
  39. Ramsey: 651-266-7100
  40. Renville: 320-523-3759
  41. Rice: 507-332-6100
  42. Rock: 507-283-5024 (effective with registration period that begins January 1, 2017 & beyond)
  43. Scott:  952-496-8346
  44. Sherburne: 763-765-3300
  45. Sibley: 507-237-7800
  46. Stearns: 320-656-3600
  47. Steele: 507-444-7400
  48. Swift: 320-314-8399
  49. Wabasha: 651-565-2480
  50. Waseca: 507-835-0630
  51. Washington:  651-430-6175
  52. Watonwan: 507-375-3393
**The Wheelage Tax fee will increase to $10 for registrations beginning on or after January 1, 2014. Effective for registrations beginning January 1, 2014, Anoka County will no longer collect a Wheelage Tax.
 

How Wheelage Tax is Collected

Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) collects wheelage tax on behalf of those counties. The tax is due at the time of vehicle registration.
 
Wheelage tax funds are distributed to the appropriate county and are used for transportation needs, including highway preservation projects, expansion projects and transit improvement. 
 
Wheelage tax does not apply to vehicles that do not require an annual registration tax.
 
Exempt vehicles include:
• Motorcycles
• Motorized bicycles
• Trailers
• Mopeds 
If the wheelage tax is paid at the time of registration and the vehicle is moved to another county, the tax is not refunded.  
 
Questions regarding the wheelage tax can be directed to the participating counties.