The License & Theft Bureau conducts examinations on various vehicles for numerous reasons but with the primary goal of preventing theft and fraud.
Below are examples of vehicles that might require examination by the License & Theft Bureau:
- Specially constructed vehicles such as a replicas, custom vehicles and street rods
- Antique vehicles (1980 and older) from out of state that are being titled in North Carolina
- Salvage vehicles that were branded from another state and are attempting to be titled in North Carolina
- Six model years and newer salvage vehicles that are required to obtain a preliminary and final inspection per North Carolina General Statute 20-71.3
- Vehicles considered to be gray market that are imported from outside the United States and titled in North Carolina
- Homemade trailers
- Vehicles that may require an indemnity bond
- Additional examples not listed above might also receive examinations
If a vehicle requires an examination the owner should bring it with all original ownership documents to a local License & Theft Bureau office during normal business hours or request a vehicle examination by visiting the
NCDMV License & Theft Portal.
Go to the License & Theft Portal