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Iowa vehicle fees increase New Year's day

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Some Iowa vehicle and trailer title registration fees will increase Thursday under a new Iowa law that takes effect January 1, 2009.

The additional money raised under the TIME 21 program will help pay for road construction and maintenance in the state over the next 20 years. TIME 21 stands for Transportation Investment Moves the Economy in the 21st Century.

"The increased registration fees will apply to new or used trucks purchased on or after January 1, 2009," said Mike Stevenson, Linn County Treasurer. "In most cases, fees will not increase for vehicles that were titled and registered to their owners in Iowa prior to January 1, 2009."

Stevenson said all individuals with a December renewal will receive two notices. Option 1 is the amount due if paid by December 31, 2008, or earlier. Option 2 is the amount due if paid on January 1, 2009, or later. Option 2 fees reflect the law changes as of January 1, 2009. People receiving these renewal notices are encouraged to look closely at them, as it may cost less to renew registrations in December.

Following are the new fees effective January 1, 2009. These fees are posted on the Linn County Treasurer's website at


Regular Titles: $25

Replacement Titles: $25

Lemon Buyback Title: $15

Salvage Title: $15

Dealer title from a foreign title: $10

Registration Fees

Trailers 2000 lbs or less: $20 annually

Trailers over 2000 lbs: $30 annually

Travel Trailers: $.30 per square foot annually

Registration Fee for Business Trade & Regular Trucks

A business-trade truck is a motor truck with an unloaded weight of 10,000 lbs or less which is owned by a corporation, limited liability company, or partnership or by a person who files a schedule C or F form with the federal Internal Revenue Service and which is eligible for depreciation under section 167 of the Internal Revenue Code.

The following fees represent a purchase, change of ownership, change of tonnage or change of usage for business trade and regular trucks on or after January 1, 2009:

Vehicle WeightModel YearAnnual Fee3 tons or less1 thru 7$1503 tons or less8-9 model years$1203 tons or less10-11 model years$1003 tons or less12 model years or older$ 504 tonN/A$1655 tonN/A$1806 tonN/A$1957 tonN/A$2158 tonN/A$2209 tonN/A$22510 ton and greaterN/ANo change (fee based on tonnage)Registration Fees for Cars/Multipurpose Vehicles/2010 Model Year Trucks (does not include Business Trade Trucks)

This fee structure represents fees for cars, multipurpose vehicles and 2010 model year trucks based on weight/value/year:

Model Year Fee Formula

1-7 $.40 per hundred pounds of vehicle weight plus 1% of the list price

8-9 $.40 per hundred pounds of vehicle weight plus .75% of the list price

10-11 $.40 per hundred pounds of vehicle weight plus .50% of the list price

12 and older Flat fee of $50.00

Anyone with questions about the new fees should contact the Linn County Treasurer's Office at (319) 892-5500. More information and a list of questions and answers can be found on the Iowa Department of Transportation website at .

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