Registering Your Vehicle in North Carolina

North Carolina Vehicle Registration

If you're a new driver to North Carolina, here is a guide to registering your vehicle with the state, including fees and required documents. If you're looking for help with obtaining a driver's license, visit the guide to obtaining a North Carolina Driver's License.

After I move to Charlotte from out-of-state, how long do I have to register my vehicle with the state of North Carolina?

New North Carolina residents must register their vehicle when their previous state registration expires (in most instances, this is 30 days), or when gainful employment is accepted -- whichever happens first.

Where do I go to register my vehicle in North Carolina?

Application for a North Carolina vehicle registration must happen in person at a Vehicle Registration and License Plate Renewal office.

Where are the Charlotte area Vehicle Registration and License Plate Renewal offices located?

  • Charlotte (State Office)
    6016 Brookshire Blvd.
    Charlotte, NC 28216
    Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Charlotte
    6058 E. Independence Blvd.
    Charlotte, NC 28212
    Monday to Friday 9 5 p.m.
  • Charlotte
    4200-H South Blvd.
    Charlotte, NC 28209
    Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


What documents do I need to bring with me to register my vehicle in North Carolina?

  • Proof of Identification: Applicants are required to present a valid North Carolina Driver's license for registration. Another state's license may be accepted if the applicant can show that they are active duty military stationed in North Carolina, enrolled in an North Carolina college, possess a vehicle  that is garaged in North Carolina for a minimum of 6 months; have a court ordered sale of a vehicle; are registering a motor home or RV.
  • There are four different cases to registering a vehicle and all require slightly different documentation. Please visit the North Carolina DMV site for specific document requirements.

What are the fees associated with registering your vehicle in North Carolina?

  • Certificate of Title: $52.
  • Instant Title: $98.
  • Plate fee (passenger vehicle and/or small truck under 4,000 lbs.): $36.
  • Regional Transportation Authority Registration Tax (Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties, plus the Research Triangle only): $5.
  • Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation Tax (Randolph County only): $1.
  • Transfer of plate: $20.
  • Highway Use Tax: 3%.

Remember that vehicles in North Carolina do require an annual emissions inspection.

What are the insurance requirements in the state of North Carolina?

The state of North Carolina requires proof of automobile insurance carrying the minimum requirements of liability insurance for a private passenger vehicle which is is $30,000 for bodily injury for one person; $60,000 bodily injury for two or more people and $25,000 property damage. North Carolina law requires each company to notify the DMV when coverage has been canceled.