2018 Documentary Fee – Increase Announcement

Jan 12, 2018 | Member News

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) was announced today, January 12, 2018, increasing the maximum documentary fee to $118 for processing titlework manually ($141 if dealers perform on-line registrations with an on-line provider such as Dealertrack.)

The increase is effective immediately.

The documentary fee:

� is non-taxable;

� may be excluded from a dealer’s advertised price for the sale of a vehicle;

� is a negotiable item, so the actual dollar amount may not be pre-printed on the buyer’s order;

� is a dealer-imposed charge, not a state-mandated fee; and

� must be disclosed on a sign in the dealership.

The documentary fee will continue to be adjusted annually in accordance with the Federal Consumer Price Index. If a dealership’s documentary fee exceeds the permissible charge, the Attorney General’s Office may consider it to be deceptive, as to what services are being performed, and may find it subject to enforcement action.

Courtesy of PAA