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Posted on: December 10, 2020

Announcement from the Chief Assessor Concerning Motor-vehicles

To all Town of Hamden residents concerning motor vehicles and snowmobiles subject to property taxation pursuant to section CGA Chapter 203, Sec12-71- Taxation of motor vehicles not registered on the assessment date. This means, a motor vehicle is taxable whether it is registered with CT DMV or not. Motor Vehicles not registered are considered by law, personal property and taxed as such until proof of disposition is submitted.

The Assessor’s Office will now be requiring two forms of proof submitted to prove a vehicle is no longer in the possession of the owner of current record;

  1. Plate Receipt from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) indicating that the vehicle’s registration has been cancelled, or that the vehicle’s registration plate has been has been lost or stolen.

…AND…

2. Any of the following in addition to the plate receipt from the DMV:

  1. Bill of Sale (Copy): A bill of sale section is now included on the bottom of the vehicle owner’s registration form and transfer information must be recorded on the back of said form before it is submitted to the DMV. It is, therefore, the seller’s obligation to provide a copy of the signed registration form along with the plate receipt to the assessor(s).

(b) Transfer of Title (Copy): The seller must provide the assessor(s) with a copy of the          signed Transfer of Title and the plate receipt.

(c) Out of State Registration: Proof of residency in another state and a copy of the vehicle’s registration showing the date the vehicle was registered in that state, must be provided to the assessor(s) along with the plate receipt.

(d) Stolen Vehicle: A statement from the vehicle owner’s insurance company indicating that the vehicle was stolen and not recovered. The vehicle’s owner must file a lost or stolen plate form with the DMV, a copy of which must be provided to the assessor(s). No police reports taken as proof.

(e) Totaled: A statement from the vehicle owner’s insurance company indicating that the vehicle was totaled. If the vehicle’s owner did not return the plate to the DMV, he or she must file a lost or stolen plate form with the DMV, a copy of which must be provided to the assessor(s).    

(f) Junked Vehicle: A statement from the junkyard must be provided in addition to the plate receipt.

(g) Trade-in Vehicle: A copy of the purchase agreement identifying the trade-in vehicle and its plate receipt must be provided to the assessor(s).

Therefore, if TWO forms of proof of disposition are not submitted together, we will not make any adjustments to the assessment. Any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call the Assessor’s office (203) 287-2178, prior to arriving. This will make the process smoother and satisfy our auditors.

Thank you for your cooperation

Chief Assessor

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