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This page is for those obtaining a North Carolina license plate for the first time. To obtain a license plate and registration for a vehicle that already has a North Carolina title printed in your name, visit a North Carolina license plate agency.

Getting a New License Plate

Step 1: Requirements & Documents

The following is required before a license plate can be issued:

  • Vehicle must be registered and titled in North Carolina
  • Vehicle description
  • Proof of liability insurance
Acceptable documents for vehicle description:
  • Vehicle title or title number
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
Acceptable proof of liability insurance:

Minimum liability insurance requirements for private passenger vehicles (NC G.S. 20-279.21)

  • $30,000 – bodily injury, one person
  • $60,000 – bodily injury, two or more people
  • $25,000 – property damage

Uninsured Motorist/Underinsured Motorist (NC G.S. 29-279.21)

You are required to purchase uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage, uninsured motorist property damage coverage and, in some cases, underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage. This insurance protects you and your family against injuries and property damage caused by the negligence of other drivers who may have limited or only minimum coverage or even no liability insurance.

This coverage can found on your original and renewal declarations pages or in a separate notice accompanying the original and renewal declarations pages.

Complaints against the insurance companies or agents should be forwarded to the North Carolina Department of Insurance Consumer Services Division at 1-855-408-1212, option 3.

Step 2: Inspection

Next, you'll need to get your vehicle inspected. You can find more information about North Carolina inspections and inspection station locations here:

Step 3: Submit Information & Pay Fees

Cash, money order, personal checks[?] and Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards are acceptable forms of payment for transactions at DMV Offices.

License Plate Fees
Plate Fee, Private Passenger Vehicles $36
Plate Fee, Private Truck Under 4,000 lbs $36
Plate Fee, Private Truck Under 5,000 lbs $56.50
Plate Fee, Private Truck Under 6,000 lbs $67
Plate Fee, Trailer or Semi-trailer $25
House Trailer and/or Camping Trailer $14
Motorcycle $24
U-Drive-It Car $66
Private Bus (16 Passengers and More) $40
Permanent & State Owned Plates $6
Regional Transportation Authority Registration Tax for Vehicles Registered in WAKE County [?] $5
Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation Tax for Vehicles Registered in RANDOLPH County [?] $1
Vehicles Registered in DURHAM Regional Transit Authority Registration Tax $5 County Vehicle Registration Tax $10 [?] $15
Vehicles Registered in ORANGE Regional Transit Authority Registration Tax $5 County Vehicle Registration Tax $10 [?] $15

Vehicle Fees, Contact & Delivery Information

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Mail Us:
N. C. Division of Motor Vehicles
3148 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699