Car Dealer Fees by State

In the United States a car dealership is a business that sells cars. A car dealership could be a franchised dealership selling new and used cars. While a used car dealership sells used cars in most cases. Car dealerships also frequently provide car maintenance and repair service, along with leasing, financing options, and trade-ins.

Car dealer fees include fees like sales tax, registration, and other fees and taxes added to the final receipt for the purchase of a car. These fees can be dangerous because most dealerships do not include them when discussing a car sale. The most dangerous fee is the “dealer documentation fee,” which covers the administrative costs and can go up to $995. 

Because there is no federal law regarding how much dealers may charge in fees, car dealer fees may only be limited by the state and local governments; some states choose to limit the amount dealers may fee while others do not. These laws may take the form of either laws passed by the legislature or regulations promulgated by administrative agencies.

Learn for yourself how car dealer fees differ by state in the maps and charts.

Car Dealer Documentation Fee by State

Alabama - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$485

#12 in the US

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2%

#7 in the US

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$23

#9 in the US

Alaska - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$200

#38 in the US

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0%

#1 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$100

#43 in the US

Arizona - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$410

#16 in the US

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5.6%

#19 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$9.5

#2 in the US

Arkansas - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$110

#49 in the US

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6.5%

#28 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$17

#5 in the US

California - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$85

#50 in the US

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7.2%

#46 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$46

#33 in the US

Colorado - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$490

#11 in the US

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2.9%

#8 in the US

Connecticut - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$415

#15 in the US

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6.3%

#29 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$80

#41 in the US

Delaware - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$292

#32 in the US

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0%

#2 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$40

#27 in the US

District of Columbia - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$300

#25 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$72

#38 in the US

Florida - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$995

#1 in the US

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6%

#30 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$225

#47 in the US

Georgia - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$545

#4 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

6.6%

#31 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$20

#6 in the US

Hawaii - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$250

#34 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

4%

#11 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$45

#32 in the US

Idaho - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$265

#33 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

6%

#32 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$69

#37 in the US

Illinois - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$303

#24 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

6.2%

#33 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$101

#44 in the US

Indiana - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$150

#43 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

7%

#47 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$36.35

#23 in the US

Iowa - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$135

#46 in the US

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5%

#20 in the US

Kansas - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$399

#17 in the US

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7.5%

#48 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$30

#13 in the US

Kentucky - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$450

#13 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

6%

#34 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$21

#7 in the US

Louisiana - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$200

#39 in the US

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4.4%

#12 in the US

Maine - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$499

#9 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

5.5%

#21 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$35

#22 in the US

Maryland - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$500

#5 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

6%

#35 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$135

#45 in the US

Massachusetts - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$396

#19 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

6.2%

#36 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$60

#36 in the US

Michigan - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$230

#36 in the US

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6%

#37 in the US

Minnesota - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$75

#51 in the US

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6.5%

#38 in the US

Mississippi - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$425

#14 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

5%

#22 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$15

#3 in the US

Missouri - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$500

#6 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

4.2%

#13 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$21

#8 in the US

Montana - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$299

#26 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

0%

#3 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$217

#46 in the US

Nebraska - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$299

#27 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

5.5%

#23 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$15

#4 in the US

Nevada - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$499

#10 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

6.9%

#39 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$33

#19 in the US

New Hampshire - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$372

#21 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

0%

#4 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$31.2

#18 in the US

New Jersey - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$399

#18 in the US

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6.6%

#40 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$33.5

#20 in the US

New Mexico - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$339

#23 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

4%

#14 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$27

#12 in the US

New York - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$175

#41 in the US

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4%

#15 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$26

#11 in the US

North Carolina - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$599

#2 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

3%

#9 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$36

#24 in the US

North Dakota - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$299

#28 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

5%

#24 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$49

#34 in the US

Ohio - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$250

#35 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

5.8%

#25 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$34.5

#21 in the US

Oklahoma - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$299

#29 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

3.2%

#10 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$85

#42 in the US

Oregon - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$115

#47 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

0%

#5 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$43

#30 in the US

Pennsylvania - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$389

#20 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

6%

#41 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$36

#25 in the US

Rhode Island - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$220

#37 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

7%

#49 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$30

#14 in the US

South Carolina - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$350

#22 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

5%

#26 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$40

#28 in the US

South Dakota - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$115

#48 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

4%

#16 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$36

#26 in the US

Tennessee - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$500

#7 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

7%

#50 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$23.75

#10 in the US

Texas - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$150

#44 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

6.2%

#42 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$50.75

#35 in the US

Utah - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$299

#30 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

7%

#51 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$43

#31 in the US

Vermont - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$180

#40 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

6%

#43 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$76

#40 in the US

Virginia - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$599

#3 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

4.2%

#17 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$40.75

#29 in the US

Washington - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$150

#45 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

6.8%

#44 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$30

#15 in the US

West Virginia - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$175

#42 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

6%

#45 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$30

#16 in the US

Wisconsin - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$299

#31 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

5%

#27 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$75

#39 in the US

Wyoming - Car Dealer Documentation Fee

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$500

#8 in the US

CAR SALES TAXhelp

4%

#18 in the US

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEEShelp

$30

#17 in the US