FAQs - Miscellaneous

  1. What is the Enhanced Emissions and Safety Test?
  2. Are studded tires legal in Massachusetts?
  3. How is excise tax on my vehicle calculated?

  1. What is the Enhanced Emissions and Safety Test?
    Massachusetts is adding a new enhanced emissions inspection test to the current safety test beginning October 1, 1999. Generally, vehicles will be tested for emissions every other year based on model year and will continue to be tested for safety annually. Motorists will be able to choose which inspection station they use as long as the station is licensed.  The cost of the test is among the lowest in the nation for this type of program. The Enhanced Emissions and Safety Test will cost $29 annually.



  2. Are studded tires legal in Massachusetts?

    Yes, from November until the end of April.


  3. How is excise tax on my vehicle calculated?

    The M.S.R.P. and the age of the vehicle are used to determine excise tax. The rate is $25 per $1000 of the depreciated value.

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