Car Dealer Doc Fee by State in 2024 (Updated)

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Last updated Jan 1, 2024

Through the ups and downs of the auto market, one thing remains the same: every state has a documentation fee. Also known as a doc fee, this isn’t like the other fees you’ll encounter. Be sure to familiarize yourself with what car dealer fees you should and shouldn’t pay.

The price of a car is never what it seems. There’s the selling price, the fees, the add-ons, and taxes. When it’s all said and done, you end up with the out the door price, and one of the line items you’ll see on your purchase agreement is a “doc fee”. Car dealer doc fees show up on EVERY car deal, and on this page we’ve aggregated all the car dealer doc fees by state for 2024.

Some states (like California and New York) cap the dealer doc fee. Others, such as Florida, don’t cap the doc fee. We’ve gathered the average doc fee that you should expect a dealership to charge in every state. If a dealer is charging more, you should try to negotiate the price down. Download this FREE negotiation cheat sheet!

Car Dealer Doc Fee by State – 2024

We’ve also included the average title and registration fee you should expect to pay in each state.

StateAverage Doc FeeTitle FeeTotal Registration FeesMore Info
AK$299$15$245More info
AL$489$18$393More info
AR$129$10$28More info
AZ$499$4$564More info
CA$85$25$524More info
CO$699$7$595More info
CT$599$25$180More info
DC$300$26$185More info
DE$475$35$45More info
FL$999$75$297More info
GA$599$18$20More info
HI$395$5$78More info
IA$180$25$333More info
ID$399$14$126More info
IL$347$155$151More info
IN$199$15$38More info
KS$499$10$80More info
KY$450$6$26More info
LA$425$77$64More info
MA$459$75$60More info
MD$499$100$187More info
ME$499$33$40More info
MI$260$15$128More info
MN$125$8$69More info
MO$565$9$57More info
MS$425$8$719More info
MT$299$12$237More info
NC$699$56$370More info
ND$299$5$123More info
NE$299$10$83More info
NH$375$25$51More info
NJ$695$60$271More info
NM$339$3$60More info
NV$499$20$49More info
NY$175$50$146More info
OH$250$15$31More info
OK$289$11$100More info
OR$150$106$169More info
PA$449$58$39More info
RI$399$53$58More info
SC$400$15$40More info
SD$200$10$122More info
TN$499$14$29More info
TX$150$33$74More info
UT$299$6$57More info
VA$799$15$36More info
VT$200$35$78More info
WA$199$15$73More info
WI$299$165$85More info
WV$250$15$52More info
WY$500$15$616More info

In today’s market you will likely not be able to negotiate the dealer doc fee. That being said, we have this complete guide to car dealer fees you should never pay.

You can find this data incorporated into our out the door price (OTD) calculator. When you are shopping for a new or used car it is important that you understand the total “out the door” price that you will be paying. Dealers like to get you to talk about monthly budget, however the most important things is to negotiate the OTD price.

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18 Comments

  1. Jessie

    Any possibility that as part of this chart you can also add the other fees? For example, for new there is the license plate fee, NY tire fee and inspection fee.

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  2. Rob Stanton

    Doc fees are much higher in WV now

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  3. Mary Ellen

    Fees for PA are higher than on the list. Doc fees are now $422, title $58 and registration is $39.

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  4. KM

    NM link to MVD is bad.

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  5. ECK

    Standard vehicle price on sticker $29,200.00+options & destination charge = total vehicle price $31.615.
    When I ask the sales person for Otd price… When should I mention I have an employee discount is it in the beginning before he starts writing the otd price or when they show the total price of everything in finance room and If I agree can I then mention the employee discount? Some say it doesn’t matter because they go with standard vehicle price sticker $29, 200.00 . And you don’t get discount on options installed by manufacturer. Thanks for your time!

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  6. james d dodd

    Three weeks ago I purchased a used car. The paper work printed and given to me is from the 1960s! On yellow or pink paper with extremally light ink. I tried coping it all so I would have a clear readable copy. It did not work. I re wrote all the umbers (next to the original ones) to help
    me figure out what it all said.

    Something I have not seen you guys talk about. What if the numbers on the buyers order do not jive with what was talked about. They did not show the -$2000 for financing and trade in allowance. They keep telling me “oh it’s in there”.
    I was under the weather when my 20 year old picked up the car. I have never let anybody take advantage of me (UNTIL NOW). I BOUGHT IT AND HAVE NOT FOUND OUT THAT THEY DID NOT PRICE THINGS OR GIVE ME THE DISCOUNTS THAT WE SUPPOSED TO BE PART OF THE DEAL. ONLY A COUPLE OF THOUSAND DOLLARS BUT WE HAD TO GO 75 MONTHS AND I HATE TO BE TAKE ADVANTEGE OF.

    They even produced a fake document to show the $2,000 being taken off!

    Should see an attorney ? To be honest I can’t even figure out what they did!

    I at least want good clear copies of everything!! They pulled the paper work from us and ran it to the back as fast as they could!

    Advice ?

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  7. tom wall

    where can I find the dealer invoice price?

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  8. Joel Payne

    Your
    “doc” prices, stop at Rhode Island. There is NO next page. What is “doc” price for TX?

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    • Zach Shefska

      Joel, we are able to click on the next button to see more. For TX you’re looking at a $150 doc fee on average.

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  9. Javier Torres

    Here in Florida they are thieves and abusers and when you ask them why the dealer fees are so excessively high they tell you that they check the car’s oils, the tires and wash them, that is, a car that has just left the factory, they check to see if a tire It has air and will charge you 1500.00. People should stop buying from these dealers and we should create a Facebook account where here in Florida we only support dealers who are fair and do not have these dealer fees. We are already tired of theft from car dealers, yes. We don’t buy from them, they will lower the prices because otherwise they will have to buy the cars themselves.

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  10. Bill Gerard

    I’m naive yes but why aren’t there stronger regulations for what a dealer can charge for doc fees? Cleary if California can file paperwork for $80 then other states can do they same. Why are dealers in other states able to set their own doc fee?

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    • Justin Fischer

      Hi Bill. The short answer is: dealership lobbyists are powerful in every state, some more than others. It’s unfortunate but has been the case for decades.

      Reply
  11. Matt Stegmaier

    Should I expect the doc fee to be associated with the state of purchase or my state of residence?

    Reply
    • Justin Fischer

      Hi Matt, it will be associated with the state of purchase.

      Reply

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