The Assessor's office receives a motor vehicle listing from Department of Motor Vehicles annually. This listing provides this office with the vehicles that are owned and/or garaged in East Lyme as of the assessment date of October 1. The tax period covers October 1 through the following September.
If during this period of time, the vehicle is sold, stolen, junked, donated, or totaled, the owner may be entitled to an adjustment.
There are two (2) forms of proof the vehicle owner must provide to the Assessor's office when requesting an adjustment.
1. First form - owner shall submit a marker plate receipt from DMV indicating that plate has been cancelled, lost or stolen.
2. The second form of proof must be one of the following in addition to #1
a) Copy of Bill of Sale
(the bill of sale is on the bottom of the owners registration form and transfer information must be recorded on the back of the registration form before being submitted to DMV (therefore it is the sellers obligation to provide a copy of the signed registration form along with the plate receipt)
b) Copy of Title Transfer
(the seller must provide a copy of the title showing transfer to new owner along with plate receipt)
c) Out of State Registration
(vehicle owner must show proof of residency and a copy of the out of State vehicle registration for said vehicle along with the Connecticut plate receipt)
d) Stolen Vehicle
(owner must provide a letter from the insurance company describing the vehicle and indicating that vehicle was stolen and not recovered along with plate receipt)
e) Totaled Vehicle
(owner must submit a statement from the insurance company describing vehicle and indicating date of loss along with plate receipt)
f) Junked Vehicle
(vehicle owner must provide a receipt from the junkyard along with plate receipt
(copy of the purchase agreement identifying the trade-in vehicle along with the plate receipt)
Note: if marker plate was transferred from one vehicle to another no paper work is required as this will be updated on the next DMV listing
Please be advised that there is a limited time frame in order to request an adjustment.
The information shown the web page is for information purposes only as the Assessor or staff members may require further documentation.
NEW: Antique Motor Vehicles
The 2008 session of the General Assembly capped the assessment of antique and collectible motor vehicles twenty (20) years old or older at $500.00, regardless of the registration status of the vehicle. To be eligible for the preferential assessment, the vehicle must all criteria pursuant to Section 14-1 (3) as amended by by Public Act 08-150.
C.G.S. Section 14-1 (3) "Antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle Â twenty years old or older which is being preserved because of historic interest and which is not altered or modified from the original manufacturer's specifications.
If your vehicle does not have an antique plate issued by DMV as of October 1, an affidavit to attest to fact the vehicle meets the legal requirements is available at the Assessor's office. Motor vehicles registered prior to October 1 with an antique plate are not required to file an affidavit andÂ will automatically be assessed at $500.00.
Filing: Affidavits for the 2012 motor vehicle grand list must be filed with the Assessor's office no later than January31, 2013. Affidavits received after January 31, will be referred to the Board of Assessment Appeals when they meet in September, 2013
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