Don't have proof of vehicle ownership?
An Indemnity Bond or Cash Bond may be filed with the Division on your behalf.
What is an Indemnity Bond?
A security bond written by an insurance company.
What is a Cash Bond?
A monetary bond that must be for at least $100.00.
Obtaining a Vehicle Title using a Bond
Step 1, Requirements & Documents
When completing forms and documents read and follow the
complete set of directions. Identification will be required for
all services that are processed in person.
View Acceptable Identification Documents
- Step 2, DMV License & Theft Bureau Inspection
What if I don't have proof of vehicle purchase?
Please contact a License & Theft Bureau Inspector. You must present the Title Application & Affidavit of Facts to the inspector at time of inspection.
Next, you'll need to get your vehicle inspected. No registration will be issued until the vehicle has been deemed operable by a DMV License & Theft Inspector. You can find more information about License & Theft Inspections here:
- DMV License & Theft Bureau
- If the vehicle is not in operable condition at the time of inspection then an Inoperable Title will be issued.
Step 3, Vehicle Appraisal
Bonds are not acceptable for the following:
- On abandoned vehicles.
- Mechanics & storage liens.
- There is an outstanding lien & a cancellation cannot be issued.
- If litigation is pending.
- Vehicles not housed in North Carolina.
- You are a non-resident & the vehicle is not registered in North Carolina.
- Vehicle value is determined from the current Value Schedule [?]
- For mobile homes and vehicles not listed in the Value Schedule, two appraisals from North Carolina dealers will be required. The appraisals must be on the dealer's letterhead.
Step 4, Acquire Indemnity Bond
- The Indemnity Bond can only be written by an insurance company licensed to write Surety Bonds in North Carolina.
- The bond must be for one and one-half times the value of the vehicle (with a minimum of $100.00).
- The bond will remain on file with the Division for three years.
- Step 5, Emissions Inspection
Finally, you will need to get the vehicle inspected. Before a license plate is issued, the vehicle will need to pass an emissions inspection.
You can find more information about NC Inspections and Inspection Station locations here:
Step 6, Submit & Pay Your Application
Payments for transactions at License Plate Agencies Offices are accepted in the form of
personal checks[?] or
credit cards (limited to Visa, MasterCard and Discover).
We cannot accept debit cards at this time.
|Certificate of Title
|Tax, Vehicles [?]
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