Car Registration Fees by State

Many costs are associated with owning a car, including the cost of its registration with the transportation agencies. The vehicle title must be paid for upon purchase to certify its ownership. Usually, upon paying for the title, a license plate is assigned to the vehicle completing the registration process. 

The costs for registration vary across different states but are generally a one-time expense the owner must pay. While most states charge a flat rate, others have several categories to assess how much the owner needs to pay for registration. Some of these categories include the vehicle’s weights, dimensions, horsepower, age, or its fuel efficiency. 

There are 25 states with a fixed/flat rate for car registration fees, while others determine fees based on the categories mentioned above. Furthermore, some states charge a registration fee that is only valid for a short time, 1-year or 2-year contracts that need to be renewed upon expiry. 

Scroll the data in the charts to see how car registration fees vary from state to state.

Vehicle Registration Fees by State

Alabama - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$23

#9 in the US

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$485

#12 in the US

DRIVER'S LICENSE COSThelp

$36.25

#17 in the US

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2%

#7 in the US

Alaska - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$100

#43 in the US

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$200

#38 in the US

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$20

#43 in the US

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0%

#1 in the US

Arizona - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$9.5

#2 in the US

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$410

#16 in the US

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$25

#33 in the US

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5.6%

#19 in the US

Arkansas - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$17

#5 in the US

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$110

#49 in the US

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$40

#10 in the US

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6.5%

#28 in the US

California - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$46

#33 in the US

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$85

#50 in the US

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$33

#20 in the US

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7.2%

#46 in the US

Connecticut - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$80

#41 in the US

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$415

#15 in the US

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$72

#2 in the US

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6.3%

#29 in the US

Delaware - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$40

#27 in the US

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$292

#32 in the US

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$40

#11 in the US

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0%

#2 in the US

District of Columbia - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$72

#38 in the US

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$300

#25 in the US

Florida - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$225

#47 in the US

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$995

#1 in the US

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$48

#8 in the US

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6%

#30 in the US

Georgia - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$20

#6 in the US

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$545

#4 in the US

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$32

#21 in the US

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6.6%

#31 in the US

Hawaii - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$45

#32 in the US

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$250

#34 in the US

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$20

#44 in the US

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4%

#11 in the US

Idaho - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$69

#37 in the US

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$265

#33 in the US

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$30

#26 in the US

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6%

#32 in the US

Illinois - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$101

#44 in the US

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$303

#24 in the US

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$30

#27 in the US

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6.2%

#33 in the US

Indiana - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$36.35

#23 in the US

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$150

#43 in the US

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$17.5

#47 in the US

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7%

#47 in the US

Kansas - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$30

#13 in the US

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$399

#17 in the US

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$23

#40 in the US

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7.5%

#48 in the US

Kentucky - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$21

#7 in the US

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$450

#13 in the US

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$30

#28 in the US

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6%

#34 in the US

Maine - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$35

#22 in the US

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$499

#9 in the US

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$30

#29 in the US

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5.5%

#21 in the US

Maryland - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$135

#45 in the US

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$500

#5 in the US

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$72

#3 in the US

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6%

#35 in the US

Massachusetts - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$60

#36 in the US

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$396

#19 in the US

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$50

#6 in the US

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6.2%

#36 in the US

Mississippi - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$15

#3 in the US

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$425

#14 in the US

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$24

#38 in the US

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5%

#22 in the US

Missouri - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$21

#8 in the US

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$500

#6 in the US

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$10

#50 in the US

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4.2%

#13 in the US

Montana - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$217

#46 in the US

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$299

#26 in the US

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$40.5

#12 in the US

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0%

#3 in the US

Nebraska - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$15

#4 in the US

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$299

#27 in the US

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$21.5

#42 in the US

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5.5%

#23 in the US

Nevada - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$33

#19 in the US

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$499

#10 in the US

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$42.25

#9 in the US

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6.9%

#39 in the US

New Hampshire - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$31.2

#18 in the US

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$372

#21 in the US

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$50

#7 in the US

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0%

#4 in the US

New Jersey - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$33.5

#20 in the US

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$399

#18 in the US

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$24

#39 in the US

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6.6%

#40 in the US

New Mexico - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$27

#12 in the US

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$339

#23 in the US

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$18

#46 in the US

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4%

#14 in the US

New York - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$26

#11 in the US

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$175

#41 in the US

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$64.25

#4 in the US

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4%

#15 in the US

North Carolina - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$36

#24 in the US

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$599

#2 in the US

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$40

#13 in the US

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3%

#9 in the US

North Dakota - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$49

#34 in the US

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$299

#28 in the US

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$15

#48 in the US

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5%

#24 in the US

Ohio - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$34.5

#21 in the US

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$250

#35 in the US

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$23

#41 in the US

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5.8%

#25 in the US

Oklahoma - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$85

#42 in the US

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$299

#29 in the US

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$38.5

#15 in the US

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3.2%

#10 in the US

Oregon - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$43

#30 in the US

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$115

#47 in the US

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$60

#5 in the US

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0%

#5 in the US

Pennsylvania - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$36

#25 in the US

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$389

#20 in the US

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$35.5

#18 in the US

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6%

#41 in the US

Rhode Island - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$30

#14 in the US

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$220

#37 in the US

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$38.5

#16 in the US

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7%

#49 in the US

South Carolina - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$40

#28 in the US

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$350

#22 in the US

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$12.5

#49 in the US

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5%

#26 in the US

South Dakota - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$36

#26 in the US

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$115

#48 in the US

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$28

#30 in the US

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4%

#16 in the US

Tennessee - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$23.75

#10 in the US

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$500

#7 in the US

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$28

#31 in the US

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7%

#50 in the US

Texas - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$50.75

#35 in the US

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$150

#44 in the US

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$25

#36 in the US

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6.2%

#42 in the US

Utah - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$43

#31 in the US

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$299

#30 in the US

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$25

#37 in the US

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7%

#51 in the US

Vermont - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$76

#40 in the US

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$180

#40 in the US

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$32

#24 in the US

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6%

#43 in the US

Virginia - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$40.75

#29 in the US

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$599

#3 in the US

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$32

#25 in the US

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4.2%

#17 in the US

Washington - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$30

#15 in the US

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$150

#45 in the US

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$89

#1 in the US

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6.8%

#44 in the US

West Virginia - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$30

#16 in the US

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$175

#42 in the US

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$40

#14 in the US

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6%

#45 in the US

Wisconsin - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$75

#39 in the US

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$299

#31 in the US

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$34

#19 in the US

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5%

#27 in the US

Wyoming - Vehicle Registration Fees

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$30

#17 in the US

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$500

#8 in the US

DRIVER'S LICENSE COSThelp

$20

#45 in the US

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4%

#18 in the US

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$0

#1 in the US

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0%

#6 in the US