Excise Tax Commitments Program

The Registry of Motor Vehicles’ (RMV) Excise Tax Program sends municipalities and their processing vendors excise tax commitments for the purpose of excise billing.

Excise commitment files contain Driver’s Privacy Protection Act protected information, so your employees, contractors, and/or agents must have a background check before they can access RMV data. Please refer to Section 11 of the Agreement for Access to Records and Data Maintained by the Registry of Motor Vehicles, which can be found in the Document Section on this page.

Who should use this program information?

This program information is for municipal employees and/or their processing vendors that issue excise tax bills.

RMV data is only available to permitted users. Refer to Section 1 of the Agreement for Access to Records and Data Maintained by the Registry of Motor Vehicles, which can be found in the Document Section on this page.

What is Changing?

Direct RMV Access
Portal Use

  • Excise corrections
  • Adding dealer, repair, owner contractor, farm registrations (Section 5 Plates) to the regular excise process
  • Ability to update customer’s place of garaging address

File Layout/Additional Data Fields
A number of data fields will be changing (e.g. person and company name format, new garaging address).

New Information Available via ATLAS

  • Moped Registrations
  • Motor Vehicle Dealers, Owner/Contractor, Repair, Farm, Transporter Registrations (Section 5 plates)
  • Garaging address

Delivery Method
The RMV’s Secure File Transfer Process (SFTP) is changing to MOVEit, which provides more secure, modern technology. The delivery of all excise tax commitment files will be transitioned to MOVEit by April 1, 2019.

For more detailed information, please refer to the MOVEit section.

Next Steps

  1. Electronically complete & submit Access Agreement, RMV Business User Request form, and a RMV Business Partner Contact form. These will be sent separately through DocuSign, a third-party secure service.
  2. Depending on the method of access follow the appropriate option(s):
    1. Portal
      1. Complete a RMV Business User Request form.
      2. Complete required Computer Based Trainings (CBTs) on navigating the portal, viewing, and paying invoices.
      3. Portal credentials will be sent to each requested End User via secured email when ATLAS R2 goes live. This website will keep you informed on timing.
      4. You will log into the eServices Portal using the secured link provided by the RMV
    2. SFTP
      1. Download the ATLAS MOVEit File Transfer Guide.
      2. Email ATLAS.MOVEitproject@dot.state.ma.us with the contact information for your organization’s person(s) that we should work with to transition your organization to MOVEit.
      3. Mass DOT IT will set up a MOVEit account (prior to the implementation of R2).
      4. We email you with information about testing and when it will begin.
      5. After successful testing, production access will be granted and you’ll receive appropriate credentials to send and/or receive files via MOVEit.

What's New

  • License Plate Inquires
    This document was created to assist you with plate/registration number inquires in the new ATLAS system.


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