RALEIGH - The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is working with county revenue offices across the state to educate vehicle owners to a new legislative program that will require the payment of vehicle property taxes at the same time vehicle registration renewals are due.
The new "Tag & Tax Together" program is the result of a law passed in 2005 by the General Assembly that makes vehicle property taxes due in full before a vehicle's registration can be renewed. To help vehicle owners with the new requirement, NCDMV is posting a special web page offering information about the program, which is set to begin with new combined tag and tax notices mailed in mid-2013.
"We hope it will help explain the new program and provide citizens with answers to any questions they may have about how it works," said DMV Commissioner Eric Boyette. "The division is working with all 100 county revenue offices to make this new web page available."
The page features frequently asked questions and contact information for each county revenue office
. New features will be added in coming months, such as a description of "How to Read Your Combined Vehicle Tag and Tax Notice" and a link to a county vehicle tax calculator, where specific county taxes can be computed for individual vehicles.
The new combined payment program has required the coordinated effort of county revenue offices, the state Department of Revenue, and the NCDMV. When it goes into effect, the total combined payment will be payable to NCDMV when annual vehicle registration is due. Citizens who have questions about their vehicle taxes should continue to contact their county revenue office. Fees for renewing vehicle registrations will remain the same.
In addition to the special page, NCDMV also offers a variety of online services on its website, as well as the North Carolina Driver's Handbook and other information.