What is the New York Motor Vehicle Law Enforcement Fee?

If you live in New York, you are probably already used to the extra expenses that often come along with living in such a densely populated area of the country. Since traffic is so congested in New York, many of these fees come in the form of higher insurance premiums. If you take a look at your car insurance bill, you may notice something called the Motor Vehicle Law Enforcement Fee. New York is the only state to charge this fee, and you may be wondering exactly what it is.

What is the Motor Vehicle Law Enforcement Fee?

The Motor Vehicle Law Enforcement Fee is a $5 fee that is tacked onto every car insurance bill in New York state. This fee goes from the insurance companies to the state government, which then distributes it to law enforcement agencies. The purpose of the fee is to cover the cost of police efforts to investigate auto theft and other car-related crimes. The fee is charged per car, not per policy, so if you have multiple cars on your policy, you may be charged more than one fee.

Why do we need this fee?

Many people wonder why this fee is necessary, particularly if other states don’t have it. The necessity of this fee has actually been debated over the years, but it is an important part of keeping the New York police force working to the best of their ability. The fee generates over $50 million dollars in revenue, which is then distributed to local police forces throughout the state. While a large percentage of the revenue does go towards automobile-related crimes, but the money is also used to fund general highway patrol services. A large percentage of the revenue also goes towards grants that the state awards to local law enforcement programs, which they can use as they see fit.

Is the fee required?

Motor Vehicle Law Enforcement FeeCar insurance companies are required to charge this fee for each car on their policies. The government leaves it up to insurance companies to charge and enforce these fees, so if you don’t pay this fee, you could get in trouble with your insurance company. Insurance companies could face consequences from the state if they don’t charge these fees, which is why they are motivated to charge it. The fee has changed over time, and the state periodically sends out reminders to insurance companies to make sure they are charging the fee. If you don’t live in New York and believe you were charged this fee erroneously, or you were charged an incorrect amount for the fee, contact your insurance company to have it removed.

Before moving to New York, it’s important to do your research on car insurance options there to see how they differ from your home state. Car insurance is very expensive in many parts of New York because of the high population density and congested roads. This leads to a much higher risk of car accidents and other issues, which is why insurance companies charge more. Each state also has its own unique fees, like the Motor Vehicle Law Enforcement Fee, so be aware that your bill may look very different once you move.

There are a few key ways that you can save money on car insurance, even in an expensive state like New York. Staying aware of your local driving rules and regulations can go a long way towards saving you money. These money saving tips include:

  • Taking a New York state-approved driver safety class. These classes are typically run by the DMV or another approved organization and can be done in person or in an online session. They aren’t particularly time-consuming, but they will give you a discount on your driver’s insurance, so it’s definitely worth doing.
  • Switching to a pay-per-mile insurance plan. Some insurance companies in New York are now offering insurance plans where you are only charged for the miles you drive. In New York, where public transportation is fairly comprehensive, many people find it easy to get around without driving, and just reserve their cars for special occasions. By switching to this type of policy and minimizing the amount of time you spend on the road, you could save hundreds of dollars each year.
  • Maintaining a clean driving record. Insurance companies like to reward drivers with good records with slightly lower premiums. This is because the insurance company considers you less of a risk than someone who has gotten into many accidents throughout the course of their life. Being a smart driver will not only keep you safer, but it will also save you money.
  • Shopping around. While you can’t control government fees, you can control which insurance company you use. Don’t be afraid to look around at different insurance companies to find a good deal.

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  1. david oshaughnessy says:

    What is the fee for NY state-required motor vehicle law enforcement fee? Just paid $20.00 for 2 vehicles when renewing ins. Policy. Just least new SUV, still have 2 vehicles insurance company now charging $30.00 for the 2 vehicles. Called ins company, was told by agent its ny law. That’s a total of $50.00 in one month.

    1. Darlene says:

      Same here… Just got charged $30 for 2 vehicles. Major rip off!

    2. New York Motor Insurance says:

      Hi David,
      It definitely can be frustrating at times to pay so much money to the state government, but that is how the insurance and legal system is set up. Each state has different insurance requirements and regulations and operates differently. The State of New York is one of the most expensive states to live in when it comes to fees and taxes, so this isn’t surprising and is unlikely to change anytime soon. It can be frustrating to pay this money, but that is the law and unfortunately there isn’t anyway around it.

  2. Robert Shupinski says:

    isnt that what we pay taxes for?

    1. Liam Kol says:

      This is a garbage fee. They are using our money to bribe police departments to investigate car thefts.

  3. Delles says:

    Thieves. It doesn’t generate revenue. It takes more money for residents of this overtaxed state.

  4. Robert DiMassi says:

    Just another perk of living in NY

  5. Rich says:

    The politicians in New York will try every way to TAX. They SPEND AND TAX and then lie to us how they seduce taxes. Useless liberal politicians steal our money and tell us how good th eye are.

  6. Alvin says:

    this is not a good reason to add another charge to insurance policy,
    like New York don’t rip-off the middle class just keep adding deductions to my income. this site shows $5 but my policy added $20 for 2 vehicles. The police needs extra money , this is BS

  7. Sofiya Chavdaroff says:

    It’s outrageous to make drivers pay this type of fee to profit NY state which already gets our tax money. its never enough because they don’t know how to save money they just impose new constantly growing fees. so they continue to push insurance companies to collect more revenue to pay for police who supposed to work on salaries not from drivers’ pockets money because we don’t hire them. perhaps it’s even going to hire more traffic agents to give super high tickets for minor offenses and parking tickets which hard to dismissed because courts as well work under not law but to please NY state by increasing revenue. by the way no one collects even an extra dollar to increase my salary. it’s a very unfair system to only take, take, and take and don’t give anything back. NY spent so much money on coloring streets and decrease speed and cameras there is no place to drive anymore and in such slow speed impossible to get anyway. and where before were extra driving lines now are zebras. what was the purpose for these terrible changes? who came up with this idea and who got profit out of it?

    1. New York Motor Insurance says:

      Hi Sofiya,
      Unfortunately that is the reality of fees and regulations in New York. Each state is governed and regulated differently, and some states have more of a state budget surplus than others. Unfortunately, due to many historical, political, and demographic reasons, New York is one of the more expensive states to live in but also one that struggles with a budget. This is why there are so many fees for many things, in addition to high taxes. It can definitely be frustrating, but there isn’t much recourse other than speaking with your state representative or moving to another state.

  8. demi says:

    But if they charge $5.00 per vehicle how come I’m getting a charge of $40.00 for 4 cars not $20.00

  9. Connie says:

    If I get a new vehicle to replace an old vehicle, why do I have to pay this fee again for the same time period? I already paid it for the old vehicle. I still have the save number of vehicles.

  10. Janet Rich says:

    The money collected should go to drivers education in schools; which has been cut in many NY schools. The greed of NYS law enforcement without checks and balances has ruined our once great state. We now have police in all NY schools but no drivers education. Keep wondering what’s wrong.
    Greed – more, more and more

  11. Peter Locicero says:

    This motor vehicle enforcement fee is just another rip off from these criminal politicians.
    No wonder New York State leads the country in people leaving here. We have the worst governor in the country!