About 60 days before a vehicle's registration expires, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles mails to the address on record
a renewal notice
that lists the vehicle's registration renewal fee as well as any vehicle property taxes due.
Both are due at the same time and can be paid
as well as by mail or at
an NCDMV license plate agency
as part of North Carolina's
Tag & Tax Together program
that, under state law, transfers the responsibility of motor vehicle tax collection to NCDMV.
After renewing the vehicle’s registration, the new registration card and sticker will be mailed within 7-10 business days.
To renew online, the registered owner must have the vehicle’s license plate number and last five digits of the vehicle title number, both of which can be found on the renewal notice as well as the vehicle registration card.
Requirements & Restrictions
Before renewing a vehicle's registration, the vehicle must first undergo a
safety and/or emissions inspection no more than 90 days before its license plate expires. (Some vehicles may qualify for a waiver.)
North Carolina liability insurance must be maintained continuously on a vehicle for registration to be renewed.
Registration Stops or "Blocks"
Under certain circumstances, an individual may not be able to register a vehicle. These are referred to as
registration stops, or "blocks." Please review the list of registration stops and take the required steps to clear them before continuing.
Vehicle Tax Estimates
Questions regarding vehicle values and appeals on tax values must be directed to the
tax assessor in the county where the vehicle is registered, not NCDMV.
Registration Renewal Late Fees
Although an individual can legally operate their vehicle up to 15 days after their registration expires, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicle charges a late fee up to $25 on all registration renewals paid after the vehicle's license plate expires.
|Less than one month||$15|
|Two or more months||of $25|
Learn how vehicle inspection and registration renewal work together.
Lost or Never Received Renewal Registration Notice?
A renewal notice isn’t required to renew a vehicle registration. To request a registration notice, however,
send a message or call NCDMV at (919) 715-7000.
In addition to paying online, renewals can be made at an
NCDMV registration office. The vehicle’s license plate number and insurance information is required.
If a vehicle fails to pass an emissions inspection, its owner may obtain a 10-day trip permit that allows them to drive to an inspection station for re-inspection once issues have been repaired.
Contact NCDMV with questions about the 15-day grace period and 10-day permit.