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What is the Highway Use Fee?

The purpose of the highway use fee (HUF) is to ensure a more fair contribution to the Commonwealth Transportation Fund from fuel-efficient and electric vehicles using highways in the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Transportation Fund is funded, in part, by motor fuels taxes. The highway use fee began July 1, 2020.

Who pays the HUF?

You pay the HUF if you register a:

  • Fuel-efficient vehicle
  • Vehicle manufactured in a year in which the average combined miles-per-gallon (MPG) rating for all of the vehicles produced in that year is 25 MPG or greater

Who is exempt?

The following vehicles are exempt from the HUF:

  • Vehicles with a combined MPG rating less than 25 MPG
  • Autocycles
  • Motorcycles
  • Mopeds
  • A vehicle with a gross weight greater than 10,000 pounds
  • A vehicle that is owned by a governmental entity
  • A vehicle registered under the International Registration Plan (IRP)

How is the HUF calculated?

A vehicle's fuel efficiency, the fuels tax rate at the time the vehicle is registered, and the average number of miles driven are factored into the calculation of the HUF.

Payment options

You have two options to pay your highway use fee.

You can pay in full in combination with your registration fee at the time of your vehicle renewal, or you can pay over time, as you drive, through the Mileage Choice Program.