Buying and Selling FAQs in Wyoming
What is Wyoming's Sales and Use Tax?
This is a one time fee levied when you first register a vehicle. The tax fee is based on your county's tax rate.
Is there a penalty if I'm late paying Wyoming's Sales and Use Tax?
Indeed there is. To avoid the fine, pay this tax within 50 days of purchasing your vehicle. If you don't pay within 50 days, you'll be slapped with a $25 fine. If you don't pay it within 61 days, you'll be penalized the greater of $25 or 10% of the tax due. Plus, starting on day 51 interest will be charged at 1% per month.
How long are temporary plates good?
Ah, good question. Depending on your situation, you can apply for a temporary plate valid for 30, 60 or 90 days.
If I can't find a certification label with my imported vehicle, how do I know if it complies with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standards?
You must directly contact the vehicle's manufacturer. If you need assistance gathering contact information, call the NHTSA's Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance at (202) 366-5291.
If I'm importing a car into Wyoming, is it true I must have the undercarriage cleaned before shipping?
Not just cleaned, but thoroughly cleaned. The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that all undercarriages be thoroughly cleaned so as to safeguard against transporting any dangerous pests into the state and the country.
What documentation will I need if I'm importing a vehicle into Wyoming?
You'll need the following:
- The shipper's or carrier's original bill of lading.
- The bill of sale.
- Foreign registration documents.
- A letter from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirming that the vehicle adheres to all U.S. emission standards.
Or, if all of the above seems like too much work, you can hire an Independent Commercial Importer (ICI) to import your vehicle. Be willing to dent your savings account, however. ICIs are extremely expensive.
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