FAQ FCL Registration
What fees or expenses am I responsible for through The First Class Lease?
How do I renew my license plates?
What happens if I move/change my address?
How do I re-register my automobile if I move to another state?
What about taxes?
How are sales tax and personal property tax billed?
What if I get a citation? (Such as parking, speeding, or toll ticket)
Are there any travel restrictions?
What should I do when I receive my registration renewal? (CA residents only)
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What fees or expenses am I responsible for through The First Class Lease?
As a lessee, you are responsible for payment of license plate and registration fees, sales and personal property taxes, and parking tickets.
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How do I renew my license plates?
Renewal notices are usually mailed by each state's vehicle registration department. If the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services address is listed on your current registration, we will forward it to you as soon as we receive it from your state. Otherwise, you'll receive your registration renewal notice directly from the state. If you don't receive a renewal notice at least 30 days before expiration, please contact your State Department of Motor Vehicles.
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What happens if I move/change my address?
If you need to update your Billing and/or Garaging Address, you can do so online by selecting "Update Personal Info" while you are logged in to "Manage Your Account". Changes to your Garaging Address (this pertains to lease accounts only) may result in a tax increase or decrease on your account. For more information on the tax impact of changing your Garaging Address, please contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). For assistance in locating the DMV for your state, you may visit www.onlinedmv.com .
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How do I re-register my automobile if I move to another state?
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services will provide you the documentation for registration in your new state. Just give us your new address using one of the following two options:
- Call the Client Service Center at 1.800.654.6222.
- Include your new address on the Invoice Remittance form when you send your monthly payment.
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What about taxes?
Generally speaking, all taxes assessed to your leased vehicle are your responsibility. For more information, review your copy of the lease agreement, or call the Client Service Center at 1.800.654.6222.
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How are sales tax and personal property tax billed?
Sales Tax is assessed and collected by the state in which a customer resides. Sales tax is billed either monthly or upfront depending on the state law. If the account is billed for upfront sales tax, the tax must be paid upon execution of your lease agreement. If it is billed as monthly sales tax, the tax will be added to the monthly payment amount. All sales tax must be paid on time to avoid possible negative effects on your credit.

Personal property tax is collected by the tax assessor's office in the county/city in which the vehicle is registered and/or garaged. Personal property tax is billed monthly, annually or semi-annually depending on that county/city's billing process.

The taxing authority dictates the amount of taxes owed and the timing of the invoice(s). Mercedes-Benz Financial Services will receive a bill from the taxing authority, and will pay the amount directly to the taxing authority; this amount will be charged to your account.

In some states, both sales tax and personal property tax may be assessed on your vehicle.
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What if I get a citation? (Such as parking, speeding, or toll ticket)
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services will be notified by the citing authority of any citations incurred by you, the lessee. We will forward the citations to you for handling. If MBFS receives a second notice, we will pay the amount of the ticket and any penalties or fees assessed and charge that amount to your account. Per the lease contract, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services may charge an administrative fee for paying such tickets. Please refer to your contract for the fee. When you receive a forwarded ticket, you should pay the ticket directly to the citing company and keep records of that payment.
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Are there any travel restrictions?
Leased vehicles are restricted to the United States. However, limited vacation arrangements may be made for up to 30 days in Mexico and Canada. Please call 1.800.654.6222 for details and assistance.
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What should I do when I receive my registration renewal? (CA residents only)
California's Department of Motor Vehicles will notify Mercedes-Benz Financial Services when it is time to renew the registration of your leased vehicle. Upon receipt of the Notice for Registration Renewal, MBFS will pay the amount and any penalties or fees assessed and charge this amount to your account.

Occasionally, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services is notified by the California Department of Motor Vehicles about an overdue registration renewal. Upon receipt of the notice for overdue registration, MBFS will pay the amount and any penalties or fees and charge your account for this amount.
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