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State law governs our collection process. Interest is assessed on all delinquent amounts at the first of the month at the rate of 1.5% per month, from the due date. There is a minimum interest charge of $2 per bill. In addition, we are required to report all delinquent motor vehicle accounts to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Clearance is needed from Tax Office to register at DMV. Registrations will not be processed by DMV until all delinquent taxes are paid in full.
You may be entitled to a tax credit IF you no longer own the vehicle or have moved out of state AND you provide the Assessor's Office with substantiating information. The Assessor is located in the Town Hall and can be reached at 860-434-1605, ext. 218. All information must be dated and have the vehicle ID number on all documentation. In addition to a plate receipt from DMV indicating that the registration has been canceled, lost, or stolen, any of the following serve as a form of proof of vehicle disposition: copy of bill of sale, transfer of title, out-of-state registration, insurance statement indicating the vehicle was stolen, totaled, junkyard receipt or copy of purchase agreement identifying trade-in vehicle and plate receipt.
If you lived in Old Lyme at the time the vehicle was registered but now live in another town, you are responsible for changing your registration information with the DMV. The bill, however, will not be sent from your new town until the next billing, and you must pay the bill from Old Lyme.
If you do not receive a tax bill for a vehicle you own, promptly contact the Tax Office at 860-434-1605, ext. 216. Connecticut State Statute 12-130 states that failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax.