The US states, not the national government, control vehicle ownership in the United States.
In order to own a vehicle in any US state, you must establish a presence in that state.
These are the presence requirements to own a vehicle in this state:
North Carolina address required to own a vehicle in North Carolina.
Proof of Residency at Address
A valid North Carolina driver license or ID is required. New North Carolina residents may present their valid out-of-state (US) driver license and their North Carolina Temporary Driving Certificate.
Cost of owning a vehicle
When you register a vehicle - apply for ownership and permission to drive it on public roads - two costs are due:
- Sales tax
- Registration fees
Sales tax and registration fees are due in the state in which the vehicle is registered, not where the vehicle is purchased.
These are the costs to own a vehicle in this state.
Sales tax is due where a vehicle is owned, not where it is bought - so owning a vehicle in Montana can save you hundreds (or thousands) of dollars.
Sales tax (state + local average)
4.3% of the vehicle's value
In order to register a vehicle (or renew a registration in this state, the vehicle must meet the following inspection requirements:
Emissions inspection required in 48 of 100 counties. No sticker or decal: inspection outcomes are stored in electronic database. Vehicles less 3 years old or less with 70,000 miles or less are exempt. Safety inspection required for cars 35 years or less in age