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Wheelage Tax

What is a Wheelage Tax?

A wheelage tax is a $10 tax that is levied by a metropolitan county board of commissioners on vehicles kept in their county. (Reference: Minnesota Statutes, section 163.051). 
 
The tax is determined by where the vehicle is ordinarily stored or parked during non-business hours or when not in use.
 
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. Beltrami:  218-333-4153 (discontinuing with registration period that begins Jan. 2015 & beyond)
  2. Benton:  320-968-5054
  3. Brown:  507-233-5700
  4. Carver:  952-361-1910
  5. Chisago: 651-257-1300
  6. Clay: 218-299-5012
  7. Clearwater:  218-694-6132 (discontinuing with registration period that begins Jan. 2015 & beyond)
  8. Cottonwood: 507-831-1458
  9. Dakota:  651-438-8318
  10. Dodge:  507-374-6694
  11. Douglas: 320-762-2999 (discontinuing with registration period that begins Jan. 2015 & beyond)
  12. Faribault:  507-526-6225
  13. Freeborn: 507-377-5116
  14. Goodhue: 651-385-3000
  15. Hennepin: 612-348-3000
  16. Houston: 507-725-3925
  17. Isanti: (effective with registration period that begins Jan. 2015 & beyond)
  18. Itasca: 218-327-2853
  19. Jackson: 507-847-2525
  20. Kanabec: 320-679-6300
  21. Kandiyohi: 320-235-3266
  22. Lac qui Parle: 320-598-3878
  23. Le Sueur: 507-357-2251
  24. Lincoln: 507-694-1464 (effective with registration period that begins January 1, 2016 & beyond)
  25. Lyon: 507-537-6724 (effective with registration period that begins January 1, 2016 & beyond)
  26. Marshall: 218-745-4381
  27. Martin: 507-238-3274
  28. McLeod: 320-864-5551
  29. Mille Lacs: 320-983-8218
  30. Morrison: 320-632-2941
  31. Mower: 507-437-7718
  32. Murray: 507-836-1152 (effective with registration period that begins January 1, 2016 & beyond)
  33. Nicollet: 507-934-7204 (effective with registration period that begins January 1, 2016 & beyond)
  34. Nobles: 507-295-5200
  35. Norman: 218-784-5473
  36. Olmsted: 507-328-7070
  37. Otter Tail: 218-998-8473 (effective with registration period that begins January 1, 2016 & beyond)
  38. Pennington: 218-683-7017
  39. Pine: 320-591-1400
  40. Polk: 218-281-3952
  41. Pope: 320-634-7700
  42. Ramsey: 651-266-7100
  43. Renville: 320-523-3759
  44. Rice: 507-332-6100
  45. Scott:  952-496-8346
  46. Sherburne: 763-765-3300
  47. Sibley: 507-237-7800
  48. Stearns: 320-656-3600
  49. Steele: 507-444-7400
  50. Swift: 320-314-8399
  51. Wabasha: (effective with registration period that begins Jan. 2015 & beyond)
  52. Waseca: 507-835-0630
  53. Washington:  651-430-6175
  54. 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.