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Vehicle registration fees to increase by $10, inspection fees to rise by $6, MassDOT announces

The cost of registering a car and obtaining an annual car inspection will increase by 20 percent under a proposal approved by state transportation officials today.

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Celia J. Blue, the new head of the Registry of Motor Vehicles, announced the fee hikes at a meeting of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation board of directors. Board members unanimously approved the increases, which will go into effect July 1.

The cost of registration for noncommercial vehicles will rise from $50 to $60 and vehicle inspections will increase from $29 to $35. The price of taking a road test will also rise, from $20 to $35.

Prices for certificate of titles, driver’s licenses, and learner’s permits will remain the same.

The fee increase is part of MassDOT officials’ efforts to close a $53 million budget shortfall that arose after the agency began to end the practice of paying employee salaries on credit; officials estimate that the higher fees will bring an extra $55 million to $63 million to state coffers.

Last month, Levenson announced that the RMV would need to raise total revenue by 10 percent, but warned that some of the agency’s most lucrative services may undergo a more dramatic price increase, with lesser-used fees staying the same.

RMV fees have not increased since 2008; the vehicle inspection fee has remained the same since 1999.

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