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Having a Car in the City

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Having a Car in the City

Last updated 1/6/16

There's a lot that goes into having a car in a city. There's traffic, street sweeping schedules, parking, and sometimes, tickets. We've gathered some helpful information to make your experience a little easier.

25 mph in Boston
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The default speed limit is 25 mph. If you don’t see a sign, the speed limit is 25 mph.
Speed limit information

Get Notified

Contact: Parking Clerk

We can notify you if your vehicle gets towed or if you receive a parking ticket.

Towing Notifications:

You’ll need to enter your license plate and contact information to get towing alerts. You’ll receive an alert message, usually within an hour, if you are towed in Boston.

Sign up for Towing Notifications

Parking Ticket Notifications:

Take some of the headache out of handling parking tickets. Register to receive a notification if your car receives a parking ticket.

Sign up for Ticket Notifications

Tools & Apps

Tools & Apps
ParkBoston

No more digging for quarters; you can now pay for metered parking in Boston with your phone.

City Hall To Go Truck

We bring City Hall to your neighborhood so you can update your resident parking permit without going downtown.

DriveBoston

Access ZipCar and Enterprise car shares in local neighborhoods.

Towed Cars

Contact: Parking Clerk

If you believe your vehicle was towed in Boston, search the towing database or call the Boston Police Tow Line at 617-343-4629.

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Meet the Pothole Kings

Potholes? Yup, we fill 'em.

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Excise Tax

Contact: Assessing
What is motor vehicle excise tax?

In Massachusetts, registered vehicle owners pay an annual tax on their vehicle called motor vehicle excise tax. Owners can pay the bill online, in person, or by mail.

When is payment due?

The tax is annual. Payment is due within 30 days of the date listed on the bill.

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How much do I have to pay?

The amount you pay is based on the taxable value of your vehicle. The taxable value is a percentage of the manufacturer's list price for your vehicle based on the year it was made. You pay 2.5% on the taxable value.