Department of Environmental Protection


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Sales and Use Tax Exemption

Legislation enacted in New Jersey in January 2004 provides a sales tax exemption for zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), which are battery-powered or fuel-cell powered vehicles pursuant to the California Air Resources Board zero emission standards for the model year.


ZEVs sold, rented, or leased in New Jersey are exempt from state sales and use tax. This exemption does not apply to partial ZEVs, including hybrid electric vehicles. ZEVs are defined as vehicles that meet California Air Resources Board zero emission standards for that model year.

The definition of "sale" in the law includes rentals and leases. Thus, the exemption is applicable to the sale, rental or lease of a new or used zero emission motor vehicle on and after May 1, 2004.

Motor Vehicle Dealers, Leasing and Rental Companies and Other Vendors: In order to document the exemption for the sale or rental of a qualified zero emission vehicle, the customer should complete an Exempt Use Certificate (ST-4) and insert the statutory reference "N.J.S.A. 54:32B-8.55."

The following vehicles have been certified by the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as qualified Zero Emission Vehicles and thus, are exempt from New Jersey sales and use tax:

How to receive your sales tax exemption:

For new vehicles:Remind the dealership to complete an Exempt Use Certificate that you should keep a copy of. Make sure to cite N.J.S.A. 54:32B-8.55 as the statutory reference.

For used vehicles: The person you are buying the vehicle from should complete the Exempt Use Certificate citing the above reference. When you go to register your vehicle at the Motor Vehicle Commission, bring the Certificate. You will need to present it at that time to be exempt from paying sales tax.

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Exempt Use Certificate – Form ST-4 Motor Vehicle Commission Instructions