Act 89, which became law on November 25, 2013, established a special fund within the state treasury called “Local Use Fund.” As of January 1, 2015, a county may pass an ordinance to implement a fee of $5 for each vehicle registered to an address located in that county. The $5 county fee is collected by PennDOT at the time a vehicle is initially registered, when the registration is renewed or when the registration is transferred. These funds will be used by the county for transportation purposes or be allocated by the county in accordance with Section 9010(c) of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code. This $5 county fee is in addition to the registration fee.
The following county has passed an ordinance to implement the $5 fee that affects April 2018 registration renewal notices:
• Erie County – Effective April 1, 2018
Beginning this month, automated registration renewal notices with an April 2018 expiration date will be mailed to registrants and will include the $5 fee with the registration renewal fee.
PennDOT maintains a list of participating counties on the fact sheet, “Fee for Local Use – Participating Counties,” available on the Driver and Vehicle Services website. Agents must check the fact sheet each time they complete Forms MV-1, MV-4ST, MV-120, or MV-140 for a customer requesting issuance, renewal or transfer of registration for any vehicle to verify if the customer’s county of residence is participating in the “Fee for Local Use.” If the county is participating, the agent must enter the $5 county fee in the appropriate section of the form.
Courtesy of PennDOT