In order to register a vehicle in North Carolina, you need a North Carolina driver's license and a North Carolina address.
Getting a North Carolina driver's license is not an easy process. We recommend starting your visit in another state, or using visitor.us' services to register a vehicle that you buy in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handles vehicle registrations in North Carolina.
Whether you buy your vehicle from a dealer or from a private party, if you plan to register it in North Carolina, you must bring the required items (below) to a DMV service center.
The DMV may issue a 10-day temporary license plate. Applicants must present their North Carolina driver's license.
For vehicles being registered in North Carolina, North Carolina sales taxes are payable to the dealer upon sale, or the DMV upon registration (if purchased from a private party).
Fees: $94.75 - $123.26
The vehicle's title must be signed by the owner(s) printed on the title, its odometer reading recorded (if less than 10 years in age), and be free of all liens in order for the prior owner's interest to be released. North Carolina titles must also be notarized to release the owner's interest in the vehicle.
A North Carolina driver's license is required to register a vehicle in North Carolina.
Vehicles purchased from a dealer must be accompanied by a bill of sale to be registered in North Carolina.
Emissions inspection required in 48 of North Carolina's 100 counties. The state doesn't issue a 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 from inspections.
Safety inspections are required for cars 35 years or less in age.
VIN inspections are not required in North Carolina
North Carolina's minimum liability insurance limits are 30/60/25.
North Carolina does not require proof of residency to register a vehicle.
Vehicles registered in North Carolina must be registered to a North Carolina address.