License Plates in North Carolina
LOST OR STOLEN LICENSE PLATES
As soon as license plates are lost, stolen or illegible they must be replaced. In order to replace your plates must:
- Visit your local DMV office.
- Present proper forms of ID and title.
- Hand in any remaining license plates.
- Fill in an application for replacement plates. Please see the list below for links to the appropriate forms for each type of plate.
- Pay the license plate replacement fees.
CUSTOM AND PERSONALIZED PLATES
These are the different types of plates in the regular series: Auto, Motorcycle and Trailer. Application forms are available at your local DMV office. Fill them in and submit with the appropriate fees (see below).
Special Interest Plates
Special Interest plates are divided into Special and Personalized Plates in North Carolina. Special Plates and Personalized Plates can be obtained in the following categories: Military, Collegiate, Civic Clubs, Special Interests and Stock Car Racing Theme. Click on these links to access applications forms and specific requirements for the different types of special interest plates - Special Interest Plates and Personalized Plates. When you have completed the forms, take them to your local DMV office and submit them with the appropriate fees (see below).
You can also order Personalized Plates by mail by picking the appropriate form from the list of available special license plates and mailing it along with the specific fee as stated on each form via check or money order to:
Special License Unit
3155 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-3155
Antique Plates can be ordered online. Cost varies depending on the type of vehicle and model year. Click here to for more information on antique vehicle registration.
The fees for replacing a license plate or getting new plates vary depending on the type of plate you need. For more information click here to select the applicable license plate, each carrying different fee structures.
WHAT TO DO WITH PLATES WHEN BUYING/SELLING A VEHICLE
Under North Carolina Law it is mandatory to retain license plates from a vehicle when selling. You may transfer them to another vehicle or surrender them at your local DMV.