Leasing a vehicle in North Carolina
The responsibilities of titling and registering a leased vehicle are shared between the owner of the vehicle and the operator of the vehicle.
Who is responsible for the leased vehicle's Title?
Leased vehicles are titled in the name of the lessor, the legal owner of the vehicle.
Who can apply for the License Plate?
The plate can be issued to the lessor or the lessee, depending on who carries the liability insurance.
How to Title & Register a Leased Vehicle
- Step 1, Requirements & Documents
Choose one of the below categories that best describes your situation, then complete the corresponding documents and forms.
When completing forms and documents read and follow the
complete set of directions. Driver License will be required for
all services that are processed in person.
- Vehicle to be Licensed in Lessor's name
- Vehicle to be Licensed in Lessee's name
- Lessee is Moving to North Carolina
- Step 2, Emissions Inspection
Next, you will need to get the vehicle inspected. Before a license plate is issued, the vehicle will need to pass an emissions inspection.
Emissions Inspection is not required for Out-of-State or MCO title processes.
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.
|Certificate of Title
|Tax, Vehicles [?]
||3% Highway Use Tax
|For Vehicles Registered in DURHAM Regional Transit Authority Registration Tax $5.00 County Vehicle Registration Tax $7.00 [?]
|For Vehicles Registered in ORANGE Regional Transit Authority Registration Tax $5.00 County Vehicle Registration Tax $7.00 [?]
|House Trailer and/or Camping Trailer
|Permanent & State Owned Plates
|Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation Tax for Vehicles Registered in RANDOLPH County [?]
|Plate Fee, Private Passenger Vehicles
|Plate Fee, Private Truck Under 4,000 lbs
|Plate Fee, Private Truck Under 5,000 lbs
|Plate Fee, Private Truck Under 6,000 lbs
|Plate Fee, Trailer or Semi-trailer
|Private Bus (16 Passengers and More)
|Regional Transportation Authority Registration Tax for Vehicles Registered in WAKE [?]
|Standard and Special Plates
|Transfer of Plate