Like nickels and dimes, but larger

The Oklahoma Tax Commission maintains a service called CARS, which stands for Convenient Auto Renewal Service. It has gotten more convenient, or perhaps less inconvenient, since it was launched. And there are, of course, fees:

  • Mail Fee $4.50
  • Insurance Fee $1.50
  • Vehicle Registration Renewal Fee for renewing vehicle tags $26.00
  • Oklahoma Organ Donor Education and Awareness Program Revolving Fund Donation $1.00
  • Retention Fee $15.00
  • Sub-Total $48.00
  • Online Fee $1.50
  • Grand Total $49.50

The “Retention Fee” deserves some explanation. We are being forced to a newer (and uglier) plate design; I have decided to keep my previous number, which was also my previous number the last time we were forced to a newer (but prettier) design. The state will have to make this plate out of sequence, which might be an annoyance, which justifies my fifteen Spite Bucks. Very few drivers opted for this the last time, and I’ve seen only one in the current cycle. Then again, if my tag number were 069 BIG, I might want to keep it too. (Actually saw that this week on the Northwest Distressway westbound.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    2 June 2017 · 9:51 pm

    I think my local Tag Office is doing its best to force us to decide to pay those fees; when I went in to be separated from my pound of flesh for the new “birb” plate, I had to wait what seemed to be an unconscionably long time given that I was the only customer in there.

  2. CGHill »

    2 June 2017 · 10:55 pm

    The general state attitude, at least this year, seems to be “We can charge you anything we like as long as we don’t call it a tax.”

  3. McG »

    2 June 2017 · 11:26 pm

    And the actual tag renewal is the actual majority of that total!

    Georgia dumped its old annual ad valorem tax a few years ago in favor of a onetime sales tax so now our online registrations are a flat renewal fee and a “convenience” fee for using the credit card.

    Since we’ve arranged for both cars and the trailer to renew at the same time I actually save a little on the convenience fee.

  4. CGHill »

    2 June 2017 · 11:28 pm

    Twenty years ago, the price was less inscrutable, but substantially higher. I know which I prefer.

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