When to Get Inspected
You must have your vehicle inspected no more than
before your plate expires.
A renewal reminder card will be sent to you by the DMV just prior to time for renewing your vehicle’s annual registration. This is a courtesy offered by the DMV. You should always know when your vehicle needs to be inspected and its registration renewed.
Curious to know when these dates occur? Look at your previous registration card or the month sticker located in the upper left corner of the vehicle’s license plate. The vehicle’s inspection and registration are due in the same month indicated by the sticker.
How to Renew, Steps
- Step 1, Meet the Requirements
First, to start Registration Renewal in NC you'll need to meet these requirements:
- Vehicle Taxation & Inspection
Property taxes for the vehicle you are attempting to register must be paid.
- Registration Stops or "Blocks"
Under certain circumstances, you may not be able to register your vehicle. These are referred to as Registration Stops or "Blocks." Please review the list of Registration Stops and take the required steps to clear them before continuing.
Minimum liability insurance requirements for private passenger vehicles
- $30,000 – bodily injury, one person
- $60,000 – bodily injury, two or more people
- $25,000 – property damage
- Proof of Liability Insurance
- Step 2, Inspection
Next, you'll need to get your vehicle inspected.
You can find more information about NC Inspections and Inspection Station locations here:
- Step 3, Submit & Pay Your Application
Payment for transactions at DMV Offices are limited to
money order or
No other forms of payment are accepted, including debit and credit cards.
|Plate Fee, Private Passenger Vehicles
|Regional Transportation Authority Registration Tax for Vehicles Registered in WAKE, DURHAM, ORANGE Counties, & Research Triangle [?]
|Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation Tax for Vehicles Registered in RANDOLPH County [?]
|Safety Inspection [?]
|On-Board Diagnostic Emissions Inspection [?]
Safety & On-Board Diagnostic Inspections,
N. C. Division of Motor Vehicles
3148 Mail Service Center
Lost or Never Received Renewal Registration Card
If you never received your Renewal Card and your vehicle has a current inspection you can:
Forgot to Renew Your Registration?
Life can be hectic. If you forget to renew your registration during the allotted month there is a grace period of 15 days.
If your vehicle failed to pass inspection, you may obtain a 10-day trip permit from the DMV to allow you to drive to an inspection station to have it re-inspected once it’s repaired.
If you have questions regarding the 15 day grace period and 10 day permit: