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Canceling Liability Insurance

Because state law requires continuous liability insurance on all registered vehicles, a vehicle owner should cancel their insurance only after they have turned in their North Carolina license plate to the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles

Canceling insurance before returning the license plate will result in a fine for failure to maintain continuous insurance coverage.

Vehicle Storage

An owner storing a vehicle for an extended period should also return the vehicle's license plate before canceling liability insurance coverage.

Turning in a Plate

North Carolina license plates can be returned at any NCDMV license plate agency or by mailing them to:

NCDMV Vehicle Registration Section
Renewal Title & Plate Unit
3148 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27697-3148

Receipts are provided upon request.

Drop-Off Service

License plates can also be left in a drop box at NCDMV Headquarters, at 1100 New Bern Ave. in Raleigh. Customers who need a receipt, however, should turn in the plates at a license plate agency or by mail.

Lost or Stolen Plates

Owners needing to cancel a lost or stolen North Carolina license plate must submit a completed License Plate Turn-In Verification (MVR-18A) form to any NCDMV license plate agency or by mailing it to the address on the form.

Completed forms may also be scanned and submitted online.

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7/22/2019 8:25 AM

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