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General Information

North Carolina's vehicle Tag and Tax Together program combines the billing of vehicle property taxes and registration fees so you can pay them together. Below are answers to some of the questions that we get most often.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about the Tag & Tax Together program? You’ve come to the right place. For details and online tools, visit the Tag & Tax Together program page.

What is Tag & Tax Together? 
The Tag & Tax Together program combines your North Carolina vehicle’s registration fees and property taxes into one renewal notice. We send you one invoice; you pay in one transaction.
How do I pay? 

Paying your vehicle's Tag & Tax together has never been easier! We offer three convenient ways:

When will I get my notice? 
About 60 days before your vehicle registration expires, we will send you a renewal notice to the mailing address we have on record. This notice lists both your vehicle's registration fees and taxes due, which is paid in one easy transaction. Here is an example of what a renewal notice looks like.
When do I pay? 
Your annual vehicle inspection, registration renewal and vehicle property tax will be due the same month each year. Only one payment – made either in person, online or by mail – is required to pay both the annual tag and tax for your vehicle (Inspection fees are still paid to the inspection station).
I just bought a car. Will I owe taxes? 
Yes. If you choose not to pay the vehicle property tax at the time you register your newly purchased vehicle, you will receive a Limited Registration sticker, which is good for 60 days. You must pay the property tax before the 60 days is up. You can pay at your local License Plate Agency, by mail or use our convenient online tool especially for Limited Registration tax payments.
I just moved to North Carolina. Do I have to pay taxes this year? 
Yes. However, just like with a newly purchased vehicle, you have the option to defer payment of your taxes by getting a Limited Registration sticker, which expires in 60 days. You must pay the property tax by the time the sticker expires. You can pay online with our tax payment application, which is exclusively for paying just the tax on your vehicle. You can also visit your local License Plate Agency.
How much will I owe? 
Your combined notice will show you exactly the amount due for your vehicle registration and property tax. However, you can get an estimate of the property taxes due using our Vehicle Tax Estimator.
Will my vehicle registration renewal fee remain the same?  
Yes. Your vehicle’s annual registration renewal fees will remain the same. The addition of the vehicle property tax increases the total amount due on your bill.
Can I renew my vehicle registration without paying my property tax?  
No. You must pay both your vehicle’s registration and the property tax at the same time. The only exceptions are if you have just bought a vehicle or have just moved to North Carolina.
I pay my property tax with my mortgage. Does the new system include my home or mortgage property tax? 
No. The new Tag & Tax Together program is only for personal property taxes on your vehicle and does not affect your mortgage or home property tax.
Are the vehicle property taxes for the coming year or the preceding year?  
Taxes due on the combined notice are for the coming year, covering the same period as the vehicle registration.
Do I have to pay more than once a year? 
It is important to look at the tax year rather than the calendar year. While it is possible to pay twice in a calendar year, no vehicle owner will pay twice in the same tax year or for the same 12-month period.
Will I receive a notice if I have moved since I last registered my vehicle? 

If you changed your address with us, you should receive your combined notice at your new address. If you haven’t, you may not receive the renewal notice.

If you have moved since your last renewal, your vehicle property tax may need to be recalculated. DO NOT SEND YOUR RENEWAL AND PAYMENT BY MAIL. Visit your local license plate agency to receive a corrected tag and tax fee.

What will happen if I don’t pay the registration and vehicle tax by the due date?  
The due date is the expiration date of your vehicle’s registration, so you may get a ticket for driving a vehicle with expired tags. Interest will also accrue on your vehicle’s property tax and you’ll have to pay a late fee when you renew your vehicle’s registration.
Can I pay my vehicle property tax at my county tax office?  
No. All vehicle property taxes are to be paid to NCDMV. However, any questions about your vehicle property tax should be directed to your county tax office.
Where do I call if I have questions? 

If you have questions specifically about your vehicle property tax, contact your county's tax office.

List of NC County Tax Offices.

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