What do I need from the tax collector's office in order to register my car?

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR DMV CLEARANCE: If you pay online or over the telephone today (using a credit, debit or ATM card) you will NOT be cleared for DMV for at least TWO BUSINESS DAYS.   If you use an E check for delinquent motor vehicle taxes, you may need to wait several WEEKS for clearance. 

Our office is open for in person payments and inquiries from 8:30 am - 4 pm. 

If you owe back motor vehicle taxes to any Connecticut municipality, you will be unable to renew ANY vehicle, snowmobile, or vessel registrations with the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), per Connecticut General Statute 14-33.  Past due motor vehicle taxes must be paid in full by cash, cashiers’ check, money order, MasterCard, VISA, debit card, or ATM card in order to receive DMV clearance.  You also must pay a fee of $5 per vehicle, per year in order to be cleared to register at the DMV. 

If you pay with an ‘E Check’, you must provide proof your check has cleared your bank before receiving clearance. All DMV clearances are now processed electronically, online, overnight. 

The Tax Collector’s Office is open for in person payments, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.  If you pay your back taxes in person today, your clearance will usually be processed overnight, and you would be clear to register at DMV the following business day.  

The best way to avoid problems and compliance issues with the DMV is to pay your motor vehicle taxes on time, when they are due.  

If you need a clearance today:  1.) If we are able to assist you, we can tell you what you owe;  2.) you can pay at our window, go on line, or call our payment line and make your payment;  3.) then, you can call us back, we can verify your payment, and;  4.) if we are able to access the DMV system, we can clear you immediately (today).  We will charge you an additional non-refundable fee of $20, payable to the City of Norwalk, for "Express" DMV clearance.   This non-refundable fee is added only if you request immediate clearance, and only if we are able to provide it to you.  This service may not always be available depending on our staffing, and because the DMV online system may not always be accessible.  We are absolutely committed to helping you with an immediate clearance as long as we are able to do so. 

If you can wait a few days:  You can pay your motor vehicle taxes online or by telephone, and you will be cleared within two or three business days.  You must allow at least two business days for the steps that need to be taken to process your payment (first) and submit clearance to DMV (second). 

All outstanding vehicle taxes in your name, including taxes not yet delinquent, must be paid in full for a release to be issued.  

The state of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles encourages taxpayers to transact business online.  Access the Department of Motor Vehicles online from the link on the tax collector’s home page.  You can check compliance status (property taxes, insurance, emissions, etc.), renew or cancel license plates, change information DMV has on file for you or your vehicles, and more.

If you have questions about what you owe, please contact the tax collector’s office at (203) 854-7731 or by fax at (203) 854-7770.  You may also access your property tax records online by clicking the E Tax Bill link.   During COVID-19, our website is updated daily.  

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