Lawrence County passed an ordinance to implement the $5 Fee for Local Use that affects April 2021 vehicle registration renewal notices. The ordinance takes effect April 1, 2021.
Under Act 89, 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 annually by PennDOT at the time a vehicle is initially registered or when the registration is renewed. This $5 county fee is in addition to the registration 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.
The fees PennDOT collects are returned to the participating counties for transportation purposes or to be allocated by the county in accordance with Section 9010(c) of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.