Starting today, the cost of registering a non-commercial vehicle, vehicle inspections and road test fees in Massachusetts have increased.
Registration fees have increased from $50 to $60; annual inspections increased from $29 to $35, while the one-time driving test fee has risen from $20 to $35.
Registration fees for commercial vehicles are not increasing.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) board of directors approved the fee increases in March. According to a statement issued by the state Registry of Motor Vehicles, which is part of MassDOT, the increased fee structure will allow the department "to close a projected $55 million budget gap in Fiscal Year 2015, make customer improvements, and invest in the Commonwealth’s transportation system."
Portions of the road test revenue will help support improved customer service for first time drivers.
According to the RMV’s website, non-commercial registration fees were last changed in 2009, inspection fees in 1999 and it has been more than 10 years since road test fees were changed.