Motor Vehicles

Any person with a registered motor vehicle must notify the DMV within 48 hours of any change of address in accordance with C.G.S. Sec. 14–17a. 

Motor vehicles registered out of state must be registered within 60 days of residency in the State of Connecticut, according to CGS 14–12a. Residents who fail to register their vehicles are subject to an estimate of tax. If you are a resident of another state, your vehicle should not be frequently in the Town of East Haven with out of state registration. The Assessor’s Office will report violators to the East Haven Police and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

MOTOR VEHICLE TAX BILLS

Motor Vehicle tax bills that are issued July 1st cover the period from the proceeding October 1st to the next September 30th. If you disposed of your vehicle and did not transfer the plates to a replacement vehicle, you may be entitled to a tax credit.


If you transferred your plates to a new vehicle, you are not entitled to an adjustment.  In essence, the bill follows the license plate. The original bill for the old vehicle should be paid in full. A supplemental list will then generate a bill for the new vehicle with a credit (exemption) for the period that the old vehicle was no longer owned.

CT Department of Motor Vehicle does not inform Towns when plates are returned or when vehicles are sold, registered out of State or otherwise disposed of. It is the taxpayer’s responsibility to provide the required documentation within the time limits as provided under applicable CT law.

REQUIRED FORMS OF PROOF FOR MOTOR VEHICLE ADJUSTMENTS

If you no longer own a motor vehicle listed on your tax bill, you may provide proof of your claim to the Assessor’s Office. All information must be DATED and the MAKE, MODEL, & VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER must be on all documentation. Submit this documentation to the Assessor’s Office in person, by fax, or by mail to 250 Main Street East Haven, CT 06512. 
 
Please Note: A CT Department of Motor Vehicle cancellation of license plate does not show that you have disposed of the vehicle. Therefore a 2nd form of proof is required to support an adjustment. 
 
  1. PLATE RECEIPT from the DMV indicating that the registration has been CANCELLED, LOST or STOLEN is REQUIRED plus
  2. Any one of the following:
  • A copy of the bill of sale - (Located on the bottom of the registration).
  • A copy of the transfer of title - (Signed).
  • Out of State registration - (Date the vehicle was registered outside the State of Connecticut).
  • Stolen Vehicle – A statement from the insurance company indicating that the vehicle was stolen & NOT RECOVERED.
  • Totaled Vehicle – A statement from the insurance company indicating that the vehicle was a total loss.
  • Junked Vehicle – A notarized receipt from the junkyard.
  • Trade-in Vehicle – A copy of a purchase agreement.

Click Here for a printable list of requirements.

DEADLINE FOR PRESENTATION OF PROOF FOR ADJUSTMENT

The proof for adjustment (“prorates”) of motor vehicle regular list must be presented within 27 months of the assessment date. Example: the owner of a vehicle, with a bill with an assessment date of October 1, 2014 has until December 31, 2016 to present all proofs of disposal.
 

Taxpayer failure to provide all forms of proof for adjustment within the 27 months of the assessment date forfeits the right to an adjustment of the bill by CT law (12-71c.)

PLEASE NOTE: UNREGISTERED VEHICLES IN YOUR POSSESSION AND VEHICLES REGISTERED IN OTHER STATES BUT LOCATED IN CONNECTICUT FOR THREE MONTHS ARE TAXABLE & MUST BE DECLARED AS PERSONAL PROPERTY ANNUALLY. FAILURE TO DECLARE MAY SUBJECT YOU TO PENALTIES & MULTIPLE YEARS ASSESSMENT.

VEHICLE ASSESSMENT APPEALS

Motor Vehicle assessments billed in July may be appealed at the September meeting of the Board of Assessment Appeals. It is strongly recommended that the people seeking an adjustment pay their full tax bill on time to avoid late penalties. If the bill is adjusted later, a refund of the difference will be made. Appeal forms are available in the Assessor’s Office during the time period of August 1st – 20th.
 

FAILURE TO RECEIVE A MOTOR VEHICLE TAX BILL DOES NOT INVALIDATE THE BILL OR ANY ACCRUED INTEREST!