✅ Updated January 2022

Ultimate guide to Registering your Vehicle in North Carolina

Here's the ultimate guide to registering your vehicle in North Carolina. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.


What You’ll Need to Register your Vehicle in North Carolina

  • Completed Title Application (Form MVR-1)
  • Completed Damage Disclosure Statement (Form MVR-181)
  • Completed Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form MVR-180) (required for vehicles less than 10 years old)
  • Valid North Carolina driver’s license OR out-of-state license and North Carolina Temporary Driving Certificate
  • Proof of vehicle ownership
    • Notarized vehicle title OR
    • Current registration & odometer reading (if title held by lienholder)
  • Proof of vehicle insurance
  • Bill of sale (if applicable)
  • Payment for applicable fees
    • $52 for Certificate of Title ($98 for expedited title)
    • $36 for license plate fee OR $20 for license plate transfer
    • 3% Highway Use Tax (assessed based on value of vehicle)
    • Regional transporation taxes (vary by county)


What You’ll Do to Register your Vehicle in North Carolina

  • Step 1: Visit your nearest DMV office (optional: make an appointment!)
    • Submit the required documents & ID
    • Submit payment
    • Receive a temporary vehicle title and registration and North Carolina license plates
  • Step 2: Receive your North Carolina vehicle title and registration via U.S. mail

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