What you need to know
This page provides vital information about:
- Transferring a vehicle from a deceased family member
- When and where to take an emissions test
- What the Passports to the Parks fee is and associated fees
- Transferring a vehicle from one immediate family member to another
- The process for selling a vehicle and related tax information
Important notice on Passports to the Parks fee
Beginning in 2018, Connecticut began offering all residents with Connecticut license plates on their vehicles free parking at all state parks and beaches.
Connecticut wants to make state parks, forests, trails, historic sites, and beaches more available to our residents so they can enjoy the many attractions and beauty they offer.
A $15 fee, which amounts to $5 per year, will be included in all three-year non-commercial vehicles with new registrations, renewals, and plate transfers. These are passenger cars and vehicles with combination plates as well as motorcycles, campers/motor homes, and vehicles with antique car plates.
In addition, seniors age 65 and older with a one-year registration renewal will have only an additional $5 fee each year.
The new program allows the Connecticut to give more to the public that has now invested in our park system:
- Increased lifeguards
- Improved park maintenance
- Shoulder season camping for opening day of fishing and into the fall foliage
- Longer hours at our museums and nature centers
When people visit our state parks and other sites they visit local restaurants, shops, and local farms. This program brings many economic benefits for our state.
Click to learn more about Connecticut state parks.