Union County Treasurer
Commonly Asked Questions
Q: I have owned my pickup since 2005. My annual fee is $65. Will my registration fees increase?
A: No, your registration fees will remain the same as long as you continue to register it at the same tonnage. If you choose to raise your tonnage or change the type of registration (usage), your fees will increase to the higher values that go into effect January 1, 2009.
Q: I own a 2003 SUV. In 2008, my registration fee dropped for the first time. Will my fees go back up due to the law change?
A: No. While your fee will be paid at the current rate for a longer period of time, your fee will not go higher as long as you continue to own the vehicle. If you sell your vehicle in 2009, the new owner will pay a higher fee.
Q: I own a 2004 Buick. My birth month is January and I was expecting my next renewal fee to be lower than last year. Will my registration fee drop as expected?
A: Since your renewal month is January 2009, you have the option of renewing early, in the month of December. If you choose to renew in December, you will see a reduction in your fee from the previous year. However, if you wait until January to renew, the new law will go into effect and you will pay the same fee as last year.
Q: I own a 1994 Geo and pay an annual fee of only $35. I am getting married and want to add my new husband’s name to the title. Will my registration fee increase if I do this?
A: No. If you owned your vehicle prior to January 1, 2009, your registration fee will not go any higher as long as you are an owner. If your name is dropped from the title after January 1, 2009, the fee that your husband will pay will go up to $50.
Q: After I receive my federal and state tax refund check in the spring of 2009, I plan on purchasing a 2010 pickup truck for personal use. What will my registration fee be and will it ever drop?
A: Since your truck will be a 2010 model year, its fee will be based on .40 per hundred pounds of vehicle weight plus 1% of its list price. So, for example, if the truck weighs 5000 lbs empty and the list price is $30,000, the annual registration fee will be $320 for the first seven years. In the eighth and ninth years it will drop, then in the tenth and eleventh years it will drop more, and when it is twelve years old it will drop to the minimum fee of $50.
Q: After I receive my federal and state tax refund check in the spring of 2009, I plan on purchasing a 2010 pickup for my farm. What will my registration fee be and will it ever drop?
A: Since your truck will be a 2010 model year, its fee would normally be based on .40 per hundred pounds of vehicle weight plus 1% of its list price. However you may claim a “business trade” exemption if you have filed or will be filing a schedule F form with your federal tax returns. You will need to certify this fact on your application for title and at the time of renewal. The annual registration fee for a business trade truck is based on tonnage and starts at $150 for a 3 ton plate.