North Carolina Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
In the state of North Carolina, you are not required to complete a motorcycle training course. However, you may find it beneficial to enroll in drivers ed classes to practice road safety skills and to familiarize yourself with motorcycle driving tidbits. The more you learn, the more well-prepared you will be at the time of applying for your motorcycle license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Carolina

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
Yes, in North Carolina, all motorcycle riders and passengers must be equipped with a helmet. More so you must have the symbol “DOT” featured on the back of your helmet, which should be added by the manufacturer. According to the NC DOT, your helmet must contain a “form inner liner of polystyrene foam that is about one inch thick.” For more information, review the North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Helmet Law.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Carolina

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
You should renew your vehicle registration before it expires in order to avoid any late fees and penalties. If a significant amount of time has passed since your registration expired, contact the NC DMV for information on how you should proceed. Keep in mind that you should also receive a renewal notice 60 days prior to the expiration date of your car registration.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
The steps to change addresses vary, depending on what DMV record you need to update. Additionally, your mailing address may be different from your physical or residential address. If you only wish to update your mailing address, you can do so by calling 919-715-7000. To be best prepared, it is highly recommended that you make a visit to a nearby North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles office and make your address change in person.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Carolina

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
No, you must get insurance for cars in the state which you reside in. Prior to obtaining insurance in North Carolina, make sure to verify whether or not it is required for you to surrender your license plate to the DMV of your previous state. Once you have permanently moved to North Carolina, contact the DMV for information about switching your car insurance.

For more information: How To: Save on North Carolina Auto Insurance

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
The state of North Carolina does not allow commercial drivers to complete their drivers license renewal online. You must visit a local DMV office instead to complete the CDL renewal process. Make sure to gather any necessary documents to complete your in-person renewal. It is highly suggested that you call the North Carolina DOT to find out what specific documentation may be required of you.

For more information: North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
Yes. North Carolina provides both Certified Driving Records and Non-Certified Driving Records. Your certified driving record, which is mainly used court-related requests, will contain the following information:

  • Any car accidents and violations you were involved in
  • Any convictions on your record
  • The current status of your driver’s license
  • The expiration date of your driver’s license

For more information: Your North Carolina Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?
You must take your written knowledge and vision exam in person. The knowledge exam will consist of multiple choice questions about safe driving procedures, as well as North Carolina traffic laws. For your vision exam, you must wear corrective lenses at the time of testing if you already do so in your day-to-day life. For further information, contact the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles at 919-715-7000 or locate a DMV close by.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in North Carolina

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
As long as you are abiding by the road rules and regulations of the state you are driving through, you can use your commercial drivers license anywhere in the country. Keep in mind that there is a difference between interstate and intrastate CDLs. To drive commercially throughout the US, you must have an intrastate CDL license.

If you are unsure about certain laws, contact the DMV of the state where your destination is.

For more information: North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
It is best that you, not another individual, renew your North Carolina vehicle registration. And with the convenience of renewing either online or in person, you can select the option that facilitates matters for you. Make sure to bring the following documentation with you when renewing your registration in person:

  • Your North Carolina drivers license
  • Proof of car insurance
  • Payment for renewal fee

Keep in mind that your driver’s license must be valid and current.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

Do boats need to be registered?
Boat registration in North Carolina is handled by the Wildlife Resources Commission.

The following types of vessels must be registered:

  • Any boat that is deemed a motorized vessel used on public waters.
  • Any United States Coast Guard Documented Vessel that has been operating in NC for a period longer than three months.
  • Any sailboat on public waters if it is longer than 14 feet at the load waterline.

Visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website to read more about boat registration.

For more information: How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in North Carolina

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
You are not required to obtain a driver’s license in order to operate a moped, nor are you required to have it registered. However, you must be at least 16 years of age and you must wear a helmet at all times when riding on North Carolina highways. For information about operating a motorized scooter, contact the NC DOT at 919-715-7000.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Carolina

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
A speeding ticket can result in high fines and fees and in some cases, even a driver s license suspension. Pay speeding tickets online through the NC Court System website. You only have to enroll in a drivers improvement course if your license was suspended due to speeding.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in North Carolina

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
Yes, you will be required to obtain vehicle insurance in the new state you intend to reside. You must adhere to their minimum insurance requirements. However, make sure to surrender your license plate prior to switching your insurance. Simply mail it to the below address:

DMV Vehicle Registration Section Renewal Title and Plate Unit 3148 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-3148

For more information: How To: Save on North Carolina Auto Insurance

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
Although it is not required, it is highly recommended that you notify the police of your lost drivers license or stolen drivers license. By doing so, you will minimize the risk of identity theft and fraud. After you have paid a visit to your local police station, you can then proceed to requesting a replacement at a nearby DMV office.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Carolina Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
Although it is not mandatory, it is highly recommended that you do file a police report in the event that you have lost car registration or stolen car registration. With this report, you may be able to have your car registration fee waived at the local North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles office. Additionally, you will reduce your chances of identity fraud or unauthorized use of your registration.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
When registering car documentation in a different state, North Carolina requires drivers to surrender their license plate prior to moving. You can do so in person or by mailing your plate to the following address:

N. C. Division of Motor Vehicles 3148 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699

Prior to moving, contact the DMV of your new state at your earliest convenience to find out about their mandatory guidelines when it comes to registering your vehicle. When scheduling an appointment at the DMV, make sure to bring proof of identity, such as your driver’s license.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Carolina

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
Yes, to obtain your Limited Learner Permit, you need to take and complete an approved drivers education class. This course must consist of 30 hours in a classroom setting, as well as six hours of driving skills. Additionally, a driver education program in North Carolina also requires you to take an eye exam. You must meet the NC DMV vision standards in order to pass. Once you have completed and fulfilled all of these requirements, you will then have to present a Driving Eligibility Certificate to a local DMV in order to obtain your Limited Learner Permit.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in North Carolina

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
If you have a damaged car title, you should hand it in to your local DMV office in order to avoid any confusion with your car title copy. If you would like further clarification, you can speak to a NC driver s license representative by calling 919-715-7000. You can also stop by any nearby North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles branch for assistance. Bring your NC driver’s license so they can properly identify you and help you with your request.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Carolina

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
If you have a damaged registration on your person, you should turn it in at a DMV office so you can properly be issued you a North Carolina car registration copy. You may be required your NC driver’s license as proof of identity, plus you should have payment at hand for the duplicate registration fee. If you would like any further clarification about what you should do, contact the NC DMV at 919-715-7000.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
For information regarding whether or not a motorized scooter needs to be registered in the state of North Carolina, contact the NC DOT at 919-715-7000. In terms of mopeds, although you are not required to obtain a driver’s license, you must be at least 16 years of age and you must wear a helmet at all times when riding on North Carolina highways.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Carolina

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
Yes, several vehicles in North Carolina are required to undergo an emissions inspection prior to car registration. However, there are a few exceptions, such as the following:

  • Vehicles more than 35 years old
  • Electric vehicles (but must complete a safety inspection)
  • Vehicles from 1995 or older
  • Diesel-operated vehicles
  • Farmer rate vehicles

Contact the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles website to find out more about emissions inspections.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Carolina

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
If you do not intend to operate your vehicle for a lengthy period of time, then you should cancel your car registration, as well as surrender your license plate. You must first adhere to these steps prior to canceling your North Carolina car insurance, in order to avoid any penalties, fines or the possibility of a driver s license suspension. For more information, contact the NC DMV about how you should proceed.

For more information: North Carolina Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
You can easily obtain the “VETERAN” designation on your North Carolina ID card by presenting your DD-214 discharge at a local DMV office. This essential document will act as proof that you were honorably discharged from military service. The veteran designation will be featured on the lower, left-side of your driver’s license, and you can request the designation free-of-cost upon renewing your driver’s license or ID card. For more information, visit the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles website.

For more information: How to Apply for a North Carolina Identification Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
Before you apply for drivers license credentials, you can review the English copy of the manual on the NC DMV website. The handbook will contain information on everything from driver safety to traffic signals to driver records. You will also found further details on the following topics:

  • Obtaining a duplicate driver’s license
  • Driving while impaired
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Types of licenses
  • Learner’s permit
  • Driving skills and rules
  • Emergency situations
  • Vehicle registration
  • Driver records

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in North Carolina

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
In North Carolina, you can pay traffic ticket or parking ticket either online, in person or by mail. Choose the option that is most convenient for you from the list below:

  • Online Make your payment on the North Carolina Court System website.
  • In Person Visit the county clerk s office of the county where you were issued your ticket.
  • By Mail Send proper payment to the mailing address of the county clerk s office.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in North Carolina

How can I renew my drivers license?
The state of North Carolina requires its drivers to renew drivers license credentials at a DMV branch. To complete the process, you will be asked to do the following:

  • Present your driver s license at a DMV office.
  • Present proof of your Social Security Number (if it is not already on file).
  • Pass vision and traffic signs, if required.
  • Pay any necessary fee.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Carolina

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
In North Carolina, you have the option to renew car registration in person or online.

In Person

To renew your car registration at a DMV office, you will need to bring the following documentation with you:

  • Your NC drivers license
  • Proof of car insurance
  • Payment for renewal fee

Online

You can renew your vehicle registration online by visiting the NC DMV Vehicle Registration Renewal page.

Prior to beginning your transaction, make sure to have the following information with you:

  • Your plate number
  • Your title number
  • Your credit card number for payment

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
In order to transfer your DMV car registration, you should contact the DMV of the new state in which you will be residing in for information about how to complete the process. You may need to present documents that show proof of identity, as well as your car insurance. Also have payment available for any registration related fees.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Carolina

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
In order to apply for a North Carolina commercial drivers license, you will need to make an in-person visit to a nearby DMV office. There are various tests you will have to take and certain documentation you will need to present.

The following documents must be submitted to a driver s license representative at a DMV location:

  • Two documents that show proof of age and identity (both must contain your full name and date of birth)
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Proof of North Carolina residency
  • Proof of car insurance
  • Proof of clean driving record

Once you have gathered all the appropriate documents, you must be prepared to take the tests below:

  • Written knowledge test
  • Road skills test

For more information: North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
You must present the NC DMV with an Application for Disability Parking Placard (MVR-37A) form, which should be partially filled out by your physician.

You must also be ready to make payment for any applicable fees.

For a Handicap Registration Plate:

You must present the NC DMV with an Application for Handicap Driver Registration Plate, which must be certified by your physician.

You must also be ready to make a payment for any applicable fees.

If you would prefer to submit the aforementioned items by mail, you can send them to the address below:

Vehicle Titles/Registration 3148 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Carolina

How do I apply for a drivers license?
To apply for a standard North Carolina drivers license, you will be required to make an in-person visit to a local DMV office. Once there, you will be required to do the following:

  • Present certain documentation to show proof of identity, residency, car insurance, age and Social Security.
  • Pass various tests including driving skills, vision, traffic signs and driving knowledge.
  • Pay any required fees.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in North Carolina

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
The state of North Carolina has a Graduated Licensing program in place for drivers between the ages of 15 and 18. First, you will need to apply for a Limited Learner Permit and thereafter a Limited Provisional License, once you have held your regular permit for 12 months.

In order to obtain your Limited Learner Permit, you will need to visit your local DMV office and provide the items below:

  • Two proofs of identification (one must include your date of birth)
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Payment for any applicable fee

To obtain a Limited Learner Permit, you will need to complete the following:

  • Take a Driver s Practice Test
  • Written knowledge test
  • Road signs test
  • Vision exam
  • Drivers ed course
  • A Driving Log to Advance to Level 2 Limited Provisional Driver License application

Once you have maintained your Limited Learner Permit for a year (and if you are under the age of 18), you can then advance to a Limited Provisional License. This is the time when you will be required to pass a road skills test, as well as submit proof of car insurance.

The third stage of the Graduated Licensing Program will allow you to obtain a Full Provisional License, whereby you will be allowed to operate a vehicle at any hour unsupervised.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in North Carolina

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
To apply for a North Carolina motorcycle license, you will be required to visit a nearby DMV location and pass certain tests, such as the following:

  • Vision
  • Traffic signs
  • Road skills
  • Written knowledge

In order to obtain your motorcycle learner permit in NC, you must be at least 16 years old. However, you must be less than 18. To properly complete your motorcycle application, a parent or legal guardian will be required to sign on your behalf.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Carolina

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
To complete an official address change on your car insurance, you should contact your insurance company directly and follow the step-by-step instructions you are provided with. They may ask you to fill out a form to confirm this change, or they may be able to process your request over the phone. If you have an online account, you can also update your account information and include your new residential address.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Carolina

How do I change my address on my car registration?
To complete an address change request on your car registration, you can do so in person or by mail.

In Person

You will need to complete a Notice of Change of Address Form (MVR-24A) at your local DMV. Be aware that changing your address will only modify your records with the DMV. If you would like to request a duplicate registration card, then you will need to apply for a replacement and pay any applicable fees.

By Mail

To make your change of address effective by mail, send a completed Notice of Change of Address Form (MVR-24A) to the following address:

Division of Motor Vehicles 3148 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Carolina

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
For address changing on your commercial license, you should make an in-person visit to a nearby DMV office. You also have the option to request a replacement license online by visiting the NC DMV Request for Duplicate Driver License page. If you only wish to change your mailing address, you can do so over the phone by calling 919-715-7000. Make sure to provide both your old address and your current address.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Carolina

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
You may request a change of address on your license either online or in person.

  • To do so online, you will need to visit the NC DMV Duplicate License/ID Card page.
  • To complete the process in person, you will need to present your driver s license and payment for the duplicate fee.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Carolina

How do I change my address on my ID card?
You may request a change of address on your ID card either online or in person.

  • To do so online, you will need to visit the NC DMV Duplicate License/ID Card page. To complete the process in person, you will need to present your ID and payment for the duplicate fee.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Carolina

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
In order to make your petition for name change effective, contact your insurance provider to find out what documentation the specific company requires from you. They may ask you to fill out a specific form, or you may be able to proceed with your request over the phone. Have both your old address and current address available, as they may need these to update your records.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
Before drivers can complete the steps to change names on car registrations, it s important to have already updated their North Carolina driver s licenses. Thereafter, you may bring proof of name change to your local DMV office. Any of the below documents are acceptable:

  • Court Order or Affidavit
  • Marriage License
  • Divorce Decree

You will also need to present your car title and a completed Corrected or Substitute Title Application (MVR-5)

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
To begin the NC name changing process, you must first notify the Social Security Administration of your new name. Once this is complete, you may then proceed to update your name with the North Carolina DMV.

Along with your drivers license, make sure to bring proof of name change to your in-person appointment. Acceptable documents proving an official name change include the following:

  • Court Order or Affidavit
  • Marriage License
  • Divorce Decree
How do I change my name on my ID card?
For your ID card to reflect your name change request, you will need to provide the NC DMV proof of this modification. Acceptable documentation include the following:

  • Court Order or Affidavit
  • Marriage License
  • Divorce Decree

Should you have any questions about the name change process, contact the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles ahead of time to find out about any additional documents you may bring. When making your request, remember to bring your NC driver’s license as well.

How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
To complete an official name change, you can find a Social Security branch in your area by visiting the Social Security Administration s Office Locator page. Once there, you will be able to search for an office nearby by simply entering your ZIP code. Keep in mind that you must first change your name with the Social Security Administration before you can proceed to updating your NC DOT records
How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
If you have reason to believe that an unauthorized party has accessed your North Carolina DMV driving record, you can file a complaint directly with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. You can use NC s Driving Records Post A Comment page to make note of your complaint. You will be required to input your driver’s license number, as well as your name and email address for a response.

For more information: Your North Carolina Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
In order to file a report, you should make your way to a local police station and explain the situation to an officer. After a police report has been filled out, you can take it with you to a nearby DMV office and request a NC duplicate car registration in no time.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
You can easily file a police report by venturing to a nearby station and notifying an officer about the incident. Make sure to get a copy of the police report, so that you can present it at a local DMV branch and alert them of your NC stolen car title. Doing so may also reduce your chances of fraud or unauthorized use of your car title.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Carolina

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
The state of North Carolina allows you to check driving records either online, in person or by mail.

Online

If you would like a quick and convenient way to get your driving record, you can make your Driving Record Request online, through the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles website.

In Person

In order to check your driving record in person, you will need to bring your North Carolina drivers license, along with payment for the appropriate fee to a local DMV office.

You will also need to present a completed Driver Privacy Protection Act Request (DL-DPPA-1a) Continuation form

For more information: Your North Carolina Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
The state of North Carolina allows individuals to apply for ID card replacements in one of two ways: online or in person.

Online

To replace your ID card online, you must first make sure that you have your Social Security Number on record with the DMV. If yes, you can then proceed with a replacement request on the NC DMV Duplicate Driver License page.

In Person

To replace your ID card in person, you must bring with you two proofs of identity and payment for any applicable fee.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Carolina Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a hardship license?
In order to apply for a hardship drivers license, you should file a petition with the district court in the county you live in. You may also contact the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles and speak to a drivers license representative for further assistance.

Depending on the type of North Carolina suspended drivers license you have, you may be eligible to get a hardship license as soon as you have completed 90 days of your revocation period. In some instances, though, you may have to wait a good year before you can apply.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Carolina

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
If you are currently serving in the military and stationed outside of NC, you may request a drivers license copy by mail. If you are unable to do so, your spouse or dependent children may also make the request on your behalf. In order to find out more about the process, including the mailing address you should submit any written letter to; contact the NC DMV at 919-715-7000. They will be able to provide you with all the specifics pertaining to your individual case, and how you can receive a duplicate driver’s license in a timely manner.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Carolina Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
In order to get your NC traffic ticket fines dismissed, weigh your options and choose the one that is best for you in the circumstance. For example, you may choose to represent yourself in court. But, in other cases, you may find it suitable to hire a traffic attorney. Keep in mind that neither option guarantees having your traffic ticket dismissed.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in North Carolina

How do I know if my license was mailed after it has been restored?
You can contact the NC DMV at 919-715-7000 to find out if your drivers license has been sent out. If you prefer to make an in-person visit, you can stop by a nearby DMV office for further details regarding NC suspended drivers license reinstatement. You are required to pay any reinstatement fee prior to the restoration of your North Carolina driver’s license. Your reinstatement fee can be paid in the form of cash, personal check or money order. NC driver license offices do not accept credit cards or debit cards at this time.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Carolina

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
If you wish to request somebody else s NC driving record, you may be eligible to do so under the North Carolina Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA). However, you must have the following information available:

  • Full name
  • North Carolina driver s license number
  • Date of birth
  • Social Security Number

For information about NC s Authorized Usage List, visit this link.

Keep in mind that it may take up to 10 business days for your request to be processed.

For more information: Your North Carolina Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
In North Carolina, you have the option to replace car registration online, in person or by mail. Choose the method that is most convenient for you.

Online

To replace car registration online, visit the NC DMV Duplicate Registration page. Once there, you will need to enter your license plate number, your title number and your credit card number.

In Person

To apply in person, make sure you are ready to present the below documents:

By Mail

Send the aforementioned items to the address below:

NC Division of Motor Vehicles 3148 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
If you lost your original title, you will be required to obtain a duplicate car title in person or by mail. The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles does not currently offer an online option.

In Person

Gather the following items prior to making your in-person visit at a DMV office:

By Mail

Send your duplicate car title request to the following address:

North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles 3148 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Carolina

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
In North Carolina, there are two ways in which you can get a drivers license replacement: online or in person.

Online

In order to use the NC DMV online service, you must first make sure that your current driver s license is unexpired and that your Social Security Number is on file with the DMV. Thereafter, you can proceed to the NC DMV Requesting A Duplicate Driver License Page to begin your replacement transaction.

In Person

To complete your NC duplicate drivers license request in person, you must have your current driver s license with you and be ready to pay a replacement fee. If you do not have your drivers license, you must present two documents that show proof of age and identity. For more information, visit the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles website.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Carolina Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
For information regarding salvaged vehicles, visit the NC DMV website. Generally speaking, if a vehicle claim has been paid off by an insurance company, the DMV must be given notice within 10 days. You can find out more about salvaged car titles in North Carolina by calling them at 919-861-3500.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Carolina

How do I obtain car registration?
To apply for NC car registration, you will have to make a visit to your DMV office and complete the following requirements:

  • Bring your North Carolina drivers license or ID.
  • Show proof of car insurance.
  • Complete any applicable forms. Keep in mind that the form you will be required to fill out will vary, depending on whether you purchased your vehicle from a private party or a dealer.

If you are currently in the military and stationed outside of North Carolina, you may register your vehicle by mail. Send the aforementioned items to the below address:

N. C. Division of Motor Vehicles 3148 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Carolina

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
If you refuse a chemical test at the point in time of being accused of driving while intoxicated in North Carolina, you are required to go through the same reinstatement process as suspended-license-drivers. The steps include:

  1. Waiting out the drivers license suspension time.
  2. Paying violation fines.
  3. Serving jail or parole time.
  4. Reinstating your drivers license with the NC DMV.

The only difference is as follows: if you refuse the chemical test, you will receive an additional 12-month license revocation on top of any original suspension or revocation.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for North Carolina

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
Depending on the offense you have committed, there may be a different set of requirements you will have to meet prior to reinstating suspended drivers license paperwork. You should visit your nearest DMV office to find out about the proper steps you need to take and what fees to pay.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Carolina

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
Depending on your case, you may be able to remove points from your license by attending defensive driving school. To find out if this applies to you, you should get in touch with the District Attorney s office of where you were issued your ticket. Make sure to have information such as your driver’s license number, in case it is requested in order to identify you.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in North Carolina

How do I renew my driving permit?
After you have completed the required 12-month period of maintaining a learners permit what is known as a Limited Learner Permit in North Carolina you will then be able to apply for a Limited Provisional License next. A Limited Provisional License consists of a different set of rules to abide by. For example, you can only operate a vehicle without supervision between the hours of 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Additionally, you must pass a road skills test and maintain car insurance in order to get a Provisional License.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in North Carolina

How do I renew my ID card?
You must visit a nearby DMV office in order to complete the renewal process for your ID card. You should receive a friendly renewal notice in the mail reminding you when it is time to do so. To renew ID card documentation, make sure to bring the required documentation, along with payment for the renewal fee. Documents you will need to present at the DMV include the following:

  • Verification of Social Security Number
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of age
  • Proof of citizenship/residency

For more information: How to Apply for a North Carolina Identification Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
If you are currently out of the state, you, your spouse or dependent children may request a renewal by mail. To renew driving license documentation by mail, you must first make sure that your driver s license has not been expired for longer than 12 months and that your Social Security Number is on file.

For information regarding where to sending your mailing request to, have your spouse or dependent children contact the DMV at 919-715-7000.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Carolina

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
If you are an interstate CDL licensed driver, you can renew your medical report by obtaining a Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination and giving it to a medical examiner to fill out. The medical examiner will be asked to supply information regarding your health history, such as your hearing, vision, blood pressure, physical examination, etc. Once this form has been completed, it should be handed in to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
You need to make an in-person visit for drivers license renewal. Make sure to have any necessary documents with you, such as two proofs of identity and your Social Security Number, then locate a DMV near you to start the motorcycle renewal process. Prior to the expiration date of your motorcycle license, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will mail out a friendly reminder notice about your upcoming renewal.

For more information: How to Renew/Replace a Motorcycle License in North Carolina

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
If you do not have your current driver s license available, you may replace drivers license credentials by presenting two documents that show proof age and identity. Acceptable documents can include the following:

  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • W-2 or 1099 form
  • Certified Marriage Certificate
  • Court-ordered document
  • Foreign passport
  • School Records
  • Certified NC Motor Vehicle record
  • Valid photo ID

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Carolina Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
A lost drivers license while outside of North Carolina will require you to wait until you return home to renew your license. The only exception to this rule are military members and individuals temporarily residing in a different state for 30 or more days, who may be eligible to renew their license by mail. For more information about license replacement by mail, contact the NC DMV by using their “Post A Comment” form.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Carolina Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
In order to complete a car title transfer to a different state, you will need to contact the DMV of your new state. Make sure to inquire what documents you should bring upon making your in-person visit and what fees you will have to pay. You will most likely need to bring in your driver’s license, as well as proof of car insurance and car registration. It is highly recommended that you write down a checklist of questions you may have for the DMV prior to your move.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Carolina

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
If you lost your original title, you will be required to obtain a duplicate car title. Gather the following items prior to making your in-person visit at a DMV office:

If making your payment at a license plate agency office, it is important to note that debit cards are not accepted. However, you can pay in cash, personal check money order or credit card.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Carolina

How do I transfer my car title?
If you have acquired a vehicle from a private party:

  • Make sure to get the car title from the seller with complete information, such as their signature, odometer mileage and date of transfer.
  • Submit a completed Title Application (MVR-1) form at the DMV.
  • Present proof of car insurance and your NC driver s license.
  • Make payment for any titling fees.

If you are transferring your car title upon selling your vehicle:

  • Note the odometer mileage on your car title prior to transferring it over to the buyer.
  • Sign, date and have the title notarized.

If purchasing a car through a dealer:

If you are buying your vehicle at a dealership, rest assured that the dealer will take care of the titling process for you.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Carolina

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
In order to transfer your RV title, you must follow the same process you would for a regular, passenger vehicle. For example, some of the documentation you will be required to present include:

You will also need to have payment available for the car title fee.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Carolina

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
To obtain a NC motorcycle license endorsement, you will need to fulfill all the requirements and pass all the necessary tests for a regular license. For example, you will be required to take and pass these exams:

  • Written knowledge exam
  • Driving skills exam (motorcycle on-cycle skills)
  • Vision exam

Additionally, when applying for your motorcycle license, you must make payment for any necessary fees either in the form of money order, personal checks or cash. The North Carolina DOT currently does not take credit cards or debit cards. Schedule an appointment at an office near you by using our DMV locator.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Carolina

How does the DMV check my vision?
Your eyesight will be checked through a proper vision test at your local DMV address. If the test determines that you must wear corrective lenses while driving, you will be required to do so at all times. Failure to wear corrective lenses may result in fines and other penalties. In the event that you fail the vision exam, you may be referred to an eye specialist who will be required to fill out a form about your eyesight and then brought in to the DMV office.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in North Carolina

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
When getting drivers permit credentials, the Graduated Licensing Program in North Carolina has three stages of different permits/licenses:

  • Limited Learner Permit
  • Limited Provisional License
  • Full Provisional License

During each stage, you must have held that permit or license for a certain period of time before you can proceed to a higher-level license.

  • With a Limited Learner Permit, you must be between the ages of 15 and 18. You must have had this permit in your possession for 12 months before you can apply for a Limited Provisional License.
  • With a Limited Provisional License, you must be between the ages of 16 and 18. You must have had this permit in your possession for six months before you can apply for a Full Provisional License.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in North Carolina

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
The state of North Carolina does not currently offer an online option for replacing car titles. Instead you will be required to make your duplicate request in person or via mail. If you wish to order your car title copy by mail, you will need to send your request to the below address:

North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles 3148 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Carolina

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
If you refuse to submit to a blood or alcohol test, your drivers license suspension will last a year. However, if this is not your first offense, you will face additional penalties and a longer suspension period. You will be unable to reinstate your driver’s license until you have fulfilled the requirements of your suspension.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Carolina

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
After you have applied for your North Carolina DMV ID card, you can expect to receive it in the mail within 10 days. If sufficient time has passed and you have yet to receive your identification card, you should contact the NC DMV at 919-715-7000 to inquire about its delivery status. Keep your receipt handy should you be asked for any information that is on it.

For more information: How to Apply for a North Carolina Identification Card

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
If you accumulate 12 or more points on your NC driving record within a three-year period, you run the risk of facing a driver s license suspension. A license suspension can result in high fines and fees, as well as possible jail time, therefore you should always keep an eye on your driver’s license status.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Carolina

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
Depending on the offense you committed, you may be eligible to complete a driver improvement course in order to have points removed from your NC drivers record. For information regarding the number of points you can have removed, contact the Driver Improvement Clinic at 919-715-7000 or write them to the below address:

NC Division of Motor Vehicles Driver License Section Information Services Branch 3114 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699

For more information: North Carolina Driver Education and Traffic Schools

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
The fee to “change my name” on your car registration is $15 (fees may vary). In order to begin the process of changing your name on your car registration, visit a local DMV office and bring proof of name change. Acceptable documentation may include:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Court-ordered document
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
The fee to complete an official name change on your car title is $15 (fees may vary). In order to begin the process of changing your name on your car registration, visit a local DMV office and bring proof of name change. Acceptable documentation may include:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Court-ordered document
How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
In order to get a DMV replacement document, depending on what service you are utilizing, the fee is as follows:

  • Driver s license: $10
  • ID card: $10
  • Title or registration: $15

Keep in mind that fees may vary, so it is best to contact your local DMV branch ahead of time to be sure. When requesting a duplicate DMV-related document, whether it be your North Carolina driver’s license or ID card, you will need to show proof of identity as well.

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
You are allowed to renew driving license credentials up to six months before its expiration date. In North Carolina, you are only allowed to complete this process in person. it is recommended that you set up an appointment at your nearest DMV location, in order to avoid long wait times. If you are serving in the military, you may be eligible to renew your driver’s license via mail instead.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Carolina

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
The process to obtain a car title from a loved one slightly differs than a regular title transfer. To transfer the NC DMV car title of a deceased to your name, you will be required to present the following documents at your local DMV:

For more details pertaining to your individual case, contact the NC DMV at 919 715-7000.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Carolina

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
North Carolina offers a grace period of 15 days after your car registration expires to complete the renewal process without any penalty charge. However, it is in your best interest to renew your registration prior to the expiration date. Not only will this give you peace of mind, but it will also save you any trouble or hassle related to late fees.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
For information regarding the possibility of a waived fee for your stolen drivers license, contact the NC DMV at 919-715-7000, or you may visit a DMV office and speak to driver s license representative directly.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Carolina Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
If you have been involved in a car accident, the first thing you should do is file a report with the police. In North Carolina, you are required to file a report if the property damage exceeds $1,000. Make sure to also exchange proper vehicle insurance information with the other party involved. For further clarification pertaining to your case, contact the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: North Carolina Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
You are required to get car insurance in the state where you have established residency and your vehicle is registered. Failure to do so may result in a driver s license suspension and other penalties. In North Carolina, you must get the minimum liability insurance coverage, which includes the following:

  • $60,000 of bodily injury liability, total per accident
  • $30,000 of bodily injury liability, per individual
  • $25,000 of property damage liability

For more information: How To: Save on North Carolina Auto Insurance

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
The North Carolina Court System website makes it easy for you to get NC traffic fines information online. Simply search for your ticket by using the “Citation Query by Defendant Name” provided on the site. You can also input your citation number (including any letters) in order to locate your traffic ticket. Keep in mind that once you have set your option to “Make payment” you will be pleading guilt and responsibility to the offense. Thereafter, your citation will be removed.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in North Carolina

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
You may request an online identification card replacement if yours is currently valid and non-expired. To begin the process, simply visit the NC DMV Duplicate Driver License page. You will need to have the following information available in order to complete your duplicate request:

  • Your drivers license number
  • Social Security Number
  • Your date of birth
  • A current email address
  • Credit card information for payment

If you have any questions regarding this online process, contact the NC DMV at 919-715-7000.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Carolina Driver’s License or ID Card

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
The only way for you to get your drivers license back after it is confiscated for a DWI is to wait until your suspension period is over. Once the period is concluded and you complete all other requirements (such as paying fines or possible jail time), you must reinstate your license with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. You can contact the DMV to find out information pertaining to your particular case.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for North Carolina

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
You should follow the same process as you would to replace standard plates. If you wish to obtain replacement plates in person, make sure to bring the proper documentation and correct form of payment with you. When making your payment at a driver license office, only cash, money order or personal checks will be accepted. However, if making a payment at a license plate agency office, credit cards are also accepted.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
You must be 18 or older to apply for a CDL license. If your commercial endorsement requires a medical card, then you need to be at least 21. Also, once you have reached the age of 21, you will be able to operate a commercial vehicles across state lines. There are several requirements you will need to meet in order to obtain a CDL driver’s license in North Carolina. For example, you will need to present proof of Social Security, car insurance and a clean driving record, just to name a few.

For more information: North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
As long as you are able to meet the DMV renewal requirements such as passing a vision and traffic signs tests you should have no issue renewing drivers license documentation. In order to pass the vision test, you must meet the standard set forth by the North Carolina DMV. Be prepared ahead of time for the traffic signs test by taking a practice test to sharpen your knowledge about road safety. You can contact them at 919-715-7000 to inquire more.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Carolina

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
You should keep your car registration in your vehicle at all times. Should you be pulled over by a police officer, you will have this documentation readily available. You should also have your North Carolina driver’s license on your person, along with a copy of your car insurance, such as your insurance card.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Carolina

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will mail your duplicate drivers license to whichever mailing address you currently have on file. Therefore, if your address has recently changed, you should contact the DMV at your earliest convenience. Upon updating your information, make sure to provide both your old address as well as your new address. You should also have your driver’s license number available, in the event that a driver’s license agent needs this information to identify you.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Carolina Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
If you are 70 or older, you will need to schedule an in-person visit at your local DMV office to renew your driver s license. Your NC drivers license renewal will be valid for a period of five years. When renewing your license, you will need to bring the below documentation with you:

  • Your North Carolina driver’s license
  • Proof of Social Security Number, if it is not already on file
  • Payment for any fees, if applicable

Be aware that the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles only accepts money orders, personal checks or cash. They do not accept any debit cards or credit cards at this.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Carolina

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
You will need to do a NC transfer of title in the following circumstances:

  • You are selling your car.
  • You are donating your car.
  • You are giving your car as a gift.

If any of the aforementioned apply to you, there is a standard procedure you will need to abide by in order to have the car title properly transferred over to a new party. For example, you may need to complete a Bill of Sale that serves as proof of the vehicle sale and an Odometer Reading report.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Carolina

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
In North Carolina, there are various offenses, violations and convictions that may result in a drivers license suspension. Some of these include but are not limited to the following:

  • Refusal to submit to a blood or alcohol test
  • Drag racing
  • Speeding over 55 mph, with at least 15 mph over legal limit
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Speeding plus reckless driving
  • Failure to pay child support
  • Failure to maintain car insurance

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Carolina

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
In order to obtain a motorcycle learners permit in North Carolina, you must be at least 16 years old. You will need to present various documents when applying as part of standard DMV procedure. These documents include the following:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of Social Security Number

Additionally, you must pass and take a written knowledge exam, a signs test and a vision exam in order to obtain your Motorcycle Learner Permit. For a motorcycle endorsement on your license, you will be required to pass an on-cycle skills road test as well.

Prior to applying for a NC motorcycle license, familiarize yourself with road safety practices by reviewing the North Carolina Motorcycle Handbook.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Carolina

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
In North Carolina, there are five types of CDL endorsements:

  • H Hazardous Materials
  • S School Buses
  • P Passenger
  • T Double/Triple Trailers
  • N Tank Vehicle

The endorsement you get on your CDL driving license will depend on the type of vehicle you intend to drive. Additionally, there may be a set of different rules and requirements for each endorsement.

For more information: North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
Depending on the offense you have committed, your NC suspended drivers license may result in the following:

  • High fees and fines
  • Jail time
  • Community service
  • Mandatory alcohol and drug course

For specifics regarding your case, it is best to contact the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. You should also take note that you will need to fulfill the rules and instructions of your suspension before you are allowed to get your license reinstated.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Carolina

What are the different types of driving records?
North Carolina offers two different driving records:

  • Certified Driving Record: For court or official use
  • Non-Certified Driving Record: For your own personal use

Both types of records will contain information about your driver’s license status, traffic accidents you have been involved in, violations and convictions, among other things. If you have any pending charges, they may not currently be reflected on your driving record. To obtain a certified driving record by mail, you should allow at least 10 business days for proper delivery.

For more information: Your North Carolina Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
The fee to apply for ID cards is $10. Keep in mind that fees may vary. You can obtain a North Carolina identification card from any DMV office. In order to complete the process, you will need to bring with you proof of the below documentation:

  • Citizenship and residency
  • Social Security Number
  • Your age
  • Your identity

For more information: How to Apply for a North Carolina Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
To obtain a NC drivers license replacement, the fee is $10. However, keep in mind that fees may vary. If you are obtaining a duplicate drivers license at a DMV office, take note that you can only make your payment with cash, personal check or money order. No credit cards or debit cards are accepted at this time.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Carolina Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
During the first year of holding a Limited Learner Permit, you will need to abide by the following rules:

  • You can only drive between the hours of 5 a.m. to 9. p.m. for the first six months. A supervising driver must be with you at all times and situated in the passenger seat.
  • You cannot use a cellphone while driving.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in North Carolina

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
In addition to submitting a federal medical card/certificate, you must present a completed Self-Certification form that states your type of commercial operation, such as:

  • Excepted Interstate
  • Non-Excepted Interstate
  • Excepted Intrastate
  • Non-Excepted Intrastate

For more information: North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
You may require NC car registration replacement due to the following:

  • Your registration was lost
  • Your registration was stolen
  • Your registration was damaged

If any of the aforementioned apply to you, then you should obtain your duplicate registration either by mail, in person or online. The process in person will require you to present proof of car insurance, your driver’s license and license plate number. Additionally, you will need to fill out an Application for Duplicate and/or Additional Registration Certificates (MVR-10) form.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
If you have a North Carolina learners permit and recently received traffic fines, you may be faced with high fines and fees, in addition to other penalties. If you are unclear of the price or penalties, order a driving record and also contact the county clerk s office in the county you were issued the ticket. They will be able to further provide you with any penalties you may be faced with. You can also look up your traffic ticket online through the North Carolina Court System website. Once there, you can locate your ticket either by your name or by inputting your citation number (including any letters it may contain).

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in North Carolina

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
The penalties for driving while intoxicated in North Carolina vary based on severity and the number of the offense. However, you can expect to incur all of the following:

  • Drivers license suspension
  • Jail, parole or community service time
  • Traffic fees
  • Substance abuse assessment
  • Reinstatement fees

In order to reinstate your NC driver’s license, you will first be required to complete all the terms set forth by your suspension period, such as the ones listed above. Thereafter, you should contact the NC DOT for further information about reinstating your license.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for North Carolina

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
A standard restoration fee is $50, while a DUI restoration fee is $100. Keep in mind, however, that there may be other fees you will be held responsible for. To acquire specific information about your case, you should contact the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. You can find a branch near your area by using our convenient DMV locator. When paying for your reinstatement fee, be aware that the NC DMV only accepts money order, personal checks or cash. Debit cards and credit cards aren’t accepted at a driver license office.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Carolina

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
North Carolina DMV car registration fees will vary, depending on several factors, including the weight of your vehicle. For example, a plate fee for passenger vehicles less than 4,000 pounds is $48. Keep in mind that you will need to pay license plate fees and state taxes as well.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Carolina

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
For a duplicate certificate of title, the fee is $15. Keep in mind that fees may vary. The North Carolina driver license offices currently accept cash, money order or personal checks as payment. However, it does not take credit cards or debit cards. If you wish to pay with a credit card, you will need to make a visit to a NC license plate agency office. Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted at these locations. For more information, contact the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Carolina

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
The car registration replacement fee is $15 (fees may vary). If you are applying to obtain a duplicate registration online, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will only accept a debit card or credit card, such as Visa, MasterCard or Discover. If you are requesting a replacement in person, find an office near you with our DMV locator and have your North Carolina driver’s license with you when you go.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
The standard car registration renewal fee for passenger vehicles is $28 (fees may vary). However, you may also have to pay select county taxes and an emissions/safety inspection fee. For more specifics, visit the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles website.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
You will be required to obtain a motorcycle driving license for the operation of a three-wheeler. If you would like more information about the proper steps you need to take, visit our Motorcycle License page. It is also strongly encouraged that you review the NC Motorcycle Handbook for further guidance.

Keep in mind that you must be at least 16 years old in order to obtain a motorcycle license in the state of North Carolina. You will also be required to pass a number of different tests and pay any necessary fees.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Carolina

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
There are some circumstances whereby North Carolina allows those with a revoked drivers license to apply for a hardship license. However, they do not include the following offenses:

  • If you have several suspensions
  • If you have a DUI conviction
  • If you have charges and offenses in other states
  • If you have requested a hardship license within the last three years

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Carolina

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
If you failed a recent driving test, you will need to schedule another appointment to re-take it at a later date. Brush up on your knowledge about road safety and traffic laws with a practice test. Contact the NC DMV at 919-715-7000 for more information about setting a new appointment for your driver’s license, or find the DMV nearest you.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in North Carolina

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
You will need to present the following documentation when applying for a NC driving permit:

  • Two proofs of identification (one must include your date of birth)
  • Proof of Social Security Number

Without the aforementioned items, you will be unable to proceed with applying for a learner’s permit. When applying for your learner’s license, you will also be required to pass a written knowledge exam, as well as meet the vision standards set forth by the NC DMV.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in North Carolina

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
You will need to present the same documents as you would for a regular license, such as the following:

  • Two documents that show proof of age and identity. One of which must contain your name and date of birth.
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Proof of car insurance
  • Proof of North Carolina residence

To be best prepared, compile all of these documents together before visiting a local DOT office, that way you will be ready to present any documentation that may be asked of you.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Carolina

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
You will need to present the following documentation to obtain your license to drive:

  • Two documents that show proof of age and identity (One of which must contain your name and date of birth.)
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Proof of car insurance
  • Proof of North Carolina residence

You should make sure to have all these documents with you when visiting your nearby North Carolina DMV office for an appointment. Failure to do so will require you to re-schedule applying for a driver’s license at a later date.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in North Carolina

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
To request a car title replacement at a NC DMV, you will have to present the following:

Bring all of these documents with you to your in-person appointment at a local branch.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Carolina

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
When changing your address with the DMV, you will be required to present certain documentation that confirms your new address. You will also need to show proof of identity, such as your North Carolina driver’s license. For proof of residency, bring two of following documents to the DMV:

  • School records
  • Utility bills, such as electricity or cable
  • Mortgage statement
  • Banking statement
  • North Carolina Voter Registration Card
  • North Carolina Vehicle Registration Card
  • North Carolina Car Title

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Carolina

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
Contact the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles to find out what documents may be asked of you when changing your address in person. Generally speaking, however, you may be able to present the following documents as proof of legal presence in the country:

  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Employment Authorization Card
  • Foreign passport with attached temporary I-551

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Carolina

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
Apply for your car registration replacement by presenting these documents:

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
If you are getting car registration, you will need to present one proof of identity, such as your NC driver s license, when visiting a local DMV office. If you do not live in the state of North Carolina, you will also be required to hand one of the documents below:

  • Court-ordered sale of a car
  • Proof of active military duty in NC
  • Record of NC college enrollment
  • Record of a medical condition
  • Record of vehicle co-ownership
  • Record of car garaged in NC for half the year
  • Registration for a motor home

In addition, you will need to fill out any appropriate forms and present proof of car insurance, along with your car title.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Carolina

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
If you wish to complete NC car registration renewal in person, then you should gather the following documents and bring them with you to the DMV:

  • Your NC drivers license
  • Proof of car insurance
  • Payment for renewal fee

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
Upon NC drivers license renewal, you will need to present your current or expired drivers license. If you do not have it with you, then you must show proof of age and identity.

For example, acceptable documentation may include:

  • Your birth certificate
  • Your W-2 or 1099 form
  • Your Social Security Card
  • Your passport
  • Your school record
  • A court order

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Carolina

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
Prior to transferring your NC title for car, make sure to note the odometer mileage, as well as sign and date the document itself.

For a car title to be transferred to your name, you may also be required to present the following at your local DMV:

  • A completed Title Application (MVR-1) form
  • An Eligible Risk Statement for Registration and Certificate of Title
  • Proof of car insurance and your NC driver s license
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Carolina

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
If you do not have your driver s license on hand, then you will need to present two documents that show proof of age and identity For example, acceptable documents to renew drivers license credentials include the following:

  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • W-2 or 1099 form
  • Certified Marriage Certificate
  • Court-ordered document
  • United States or foreign passport
  • United States Military ID
  • School Records
  • Government Documentation

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Carolina Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
In order to get a motorcycle endorsement in the state of North Carolina, you will be required to pass the following tests:

  • Vision
  • Traffic signs
  • Road skills
  • Written knowledge

Schedule an appointment at an office near you by using our DMV locator.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Carolina

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
The NC DMV requires drivers in need a duplicate car title fill out an Application for Duplicate Title (MVR-4) form. The application will ask you to fill out pertinent details about yourself and your vehicle. For example, you will have to enter the following information:

  • Year of vehicle
  • Make of vehicle
  • Body style of vehicle
  • Title number
  • Vehicle Identification Number
  • Your physical address
  • Your mailing address
  • Lien holder information (if applicable)

After you have submitted this application, you should allow a 15-day waiting period in order for the NC DMV to receive your duplicate request.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Carolina

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
If you are a commercial driver who has received a traffic ticket, you must notify your employer immediately. Failure to do so will result in additional unwanted penalties. You will have the option to plead guilty and pay traffic tickets online or fight the charges. To be certain of the penalties you are faced with, you should reach out to the county clerk s office in the county where you received your citation.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in North Carolina

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
If it is your first conviction of a DUI, then your driving privileges will be suspended for a year. The suspension period increases to three years if you are convicted of a DUI while operating a commercial vehicle with hazardous materials endorsement. By law, in the state of North Carolina you are required to notify your employer about any driving under the influence conviction.

For more information: North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
Your NC duplicate car title is the only document that will be deemed valid should you find your original title. For more information about what you should do with your original title, contact the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. However, to be on the safe side, it is highly recommended that you turn it in to the DMV.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Carolina

What information does a driving record contain?
Your North Carolina drivers record includes the following information:

  • Your current license state
  • Your license s expiration date
  • Driver control actions
  • Any convictions and violations
  • Car accidents you have been involved in

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles offers both certified and non-certified driving records. A certified driving record is mainly used for court-related or official purposes. If you have any pending charges, they may not currently be reflected on your record.

For more information: Your North Carolina Driving Record

What is an ID card?
An ID card is a form of identification that is often used by individuals who do not drive but wish to carry an identification document on their person. This is essential because a DMV ID card will allow you to enter government buildings, as well as travel at ease. As a general rule: any activity that requires proof of identification except for international travel can be used with a North Carolina ID card.

For more information: How to Apply for a North Carolina Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
In the state of North Carolina, the fees that you must pay for committing an NC DUI vary based on the number of the offense. The fees to restore your drivers license however, are fixed:

  • Standard reinstatement: $50
  • Reinstatement due to DWI: $100

Traffic fines associated with the charge are also based on severity. For instance, a first offense can vary from $200 to $10,000.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for North Carolina

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
The traffic ticket price should be noted on the ticket itself. If it is unclear, you can look for your ticket online. Simply visit the North Carolina Court System website and enter your citation information to get specific details. If you do not have your citation number readily available, you can also find your traffic ticket online by searching with your name. In the NC Court System website, click on the option to search “Citation Query by Defendant Name” and input any of the requested information.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in North Carolina

What is the cost to get a driver record?
  • Certified Driving Record: $11
  • Non-Certified Driving Record: $8

Be aware that fees may vary. The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles asks to allow 10 business days for delivery. You can also call the DMV Customer Service line at 919-715-7000 if you have any questions.

For more information: Your North Carolina Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
If you are a commercial driver who is convicted of driving under the influence in NC, your first offense will result in a one-year suspension of your drivers license. Any subsequent DUI charge will cause your CDL to be disqualified permanently. Additionally, by law, any information regarding your driving under the influence conviction should not be withheld from your employer, or this may result in more serious consequences and penalties.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for North Carolina

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
If you are under 21 and are convicted of any of the following crimes, your drivers license will be suspended for a 30-day pretrial period and then one full year:

  • Driving while intoxicated in NC with alcohol in your system
  • Trying to buy alcohol
  • Trying to buy alcohol with someone else s ID
  • Trying to help someone else buy alcohol
  • Using a fake ID or driving license to buy alcohol

A court may also require minors to engage in community service and pay additional court fees as penalties for their violations.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for North Carolina

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
In North Carolina, drivers are required to have the following types of car insurance coverage:

  • $60,000 of bodily injury liability, total per accident
  • $30,000 of bodily injury liability, per individual
  • $25,000 of property damage liability

If you do not obtain the minimum liability insurance coverage, you will run the risk of facing a driver’s license suspension.

For more information: How To: Save on North Carolina Auto Insurance

What is the passing score for a written test?
You must have a passing score of 80 percent or more in order to pass the written knowledge exam. The exam will consist of multiple choice questions and test your knowledge of state traffic laws and safe driving essentials. You can review a sample question by visiting the North Carolina Division of Motor vehicles website. For further details regarding the score, contact the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles at 919-715-7000 or visit a nearby DMV location.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in North Carolina

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
The process to obtain a car title for your scooter or motorcycle is the same you would need to follow for a passenger vehicle. If you wish to obtain your car title in person, make sure to bring the necessary documents with you, along with the right form of payment. Some of the documentation you will be required to present include:

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Carolina

What languages is the written test available in?
When applying for drivers license credentials, the written test is available in English. There is also an audio version upon request. For more information about other languages, contact the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles at 919-715-7000.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in North Carolina

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
The process to reinstate a suspended drivers license requires that you follow these steps:

  • Wait for the end of your NC DWI suspension period.
  • Go to a local NC DMV office.
  • Pay traffic fees and other court costs, if applicable.
  • Apply for a new North Carolina drivers license. You may be required to retake the written and driving tests.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for North Carolina

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
Failure to change addresses when moving may result in fines and other penalties; therefore it is best to update your DMV records at your earliest convenience. In most cases, you will be required to make this change either in person or by mail. Some instances may allow you to make this change online by visiting the NC DMV Duplicate License/ID Card page. When requesting your address change in person, you should bring your North Carolina driver’s license and payment for the duplicate fee.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Carolina

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
The state of North Carolina allows you to renew an expired drivers license. However, you may face fines and additional penalties if it has been expired for an extended period of time. For more information, contact the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Carolina

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
In order to register your vehicle, the NC DMV requires you to submit any of the following documents for proof of car insurance:

  • Your car insurance card
  • Your car insurance policy or binder
  • A DL-123 form completed by your insurance company

It is recommended that you gather the aforementioned documents prior to making your way to a local DMV office, that way you have everything in order upon your arrival. You will also need to present proof of your identity, such as your North Carolina driver’s license.

For more information: How To: Save on North Carolina Auto Insurance

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
If you have not received your renewal documentation, you should contact the NC DMV at 919-715-7000 for information about your registration status. You can also make an in-person visit to a local DMV office. If you have proof of your renewal transaction online, such as a receipt, you may be able to obtain your registration after speaking to a driver’s license agent.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
If you have not received your drivers license renewal in the mail, you should contact the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles at 919-715-7000 to find out about its pending status. You can also stop by at a local DMV office to inquire about your renewed drivers license. Make sure to bring with you your North Carolina driver’s license, that way the driver’s license agent can easily access your information in their system.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Carolina

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
You will need to take and pass the following tests in order to obtain your Limited Learner Permit:

  • Written knowledge test
  • Road signs test
  • Vision exam

If you wear corrective lenses, you will be required to have them on when taking the vision exam. As for the written test, it will consist of questions pertaining to traffic laws of the state, as well as road safety tips and responsible driving information. The format of this exam will be made up of multiple-choice questions.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in North Carolina

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
Depending on your NC CDL endorsement, you may be required to only take a written knowledge test or in other instances, both a written test and road skills test. You can take a written test at any North Carolina DMV branch. A road skills test is provided by both the NC DMV, as well as certain third party companies. In terms of payment, you will be able to pay either in cash, personal check or money order. The North Carolina DMV does not accept any type of credit cards.

For more information: North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
To get your NC driving license, you will need to pass the following tests:

  • Traffic signs and regulatory signs
  • Road skills
  • Vision
  • Written knowledge

The written test will consist of questions that ask you about the state’s traffic laws and responsible driving facts and tidbits. You will also be required to take a sign exam that will test your knowledge on regulatory signs and warning signs. The driving test is taken behind the wheel to test your safe driving skills and abilities.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in North Carolina

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
The state of North Carolina requires drivers to maintain liability insurance for their vehicle. The liability you are required to have must cover both bodily injury and property damage. You can also have additional insurance for more complete coverage, such as the following:

  • Collision
  • Comprehensive
  • Rental car
  • Towing

Failure to maintain car insurance in the state of NC will result in the suspension of your driver’s license and other penalties.

For more information: How To: Save on North Carolina Auto Insurance

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
The following noncommercial driving licenses are available for adults:

  • Class A
  • Class B
  • Class C

In order to obtain any of the aforementioned licenses, you must pass all the necessary tests (written and driving skills test), as well as meet the DMV’s vision standards. If you would like to schedule an appointment to get your noncommercial driving license, use our DMV locator. For more information regarding these types of licenses, visit the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles website.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in North Carolina

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
The state of North Carolina requires all drivers with a valid license plate to maintain insurance for cars. Failure to do so may result in the suspension of driver s licenses, or other severe penalties. To avoid this unwanted hassle, apply for car insurance at your earliest convenience.

For more information: How To: Save on North Carolina Auto Insurance

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
You will be eligible to reinstate your North Carolina drivers license after you have completed the requirements set forth by your suspension period. Some of these requirements may include completing an alcohol and drug course (if applicable), paying reinstatement fees, possible jail and more.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Carolina

When does my car registration expire?
Your NC DMV car registration must be renewed prior to the expiration date on your registration documentation. As a friendly reminder, in case you lose track, the North Carolina DMV will also send you a renewal notice 60 days before it expires. If a sufficient amount of time has passed and you have yet to receive your renewal notice, the contact the North Carolina DOT at 919-715-7000 to inquire about the status of your renewal.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

When does my ID card expire?
If you are under 65, your identification card will be good for eight years. If you are a senior over the age of 65, your ID card will remain valid for five years. Prior to your ID card’s expiration date, you will need to make a visit to your local DMV office in order to request a renewal. During your appointment, you will be required to present the following documentation:

  • Social Security Number
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of citizenship/residency
  • Proof of age

For more information: How to Apply for a North Carolina Identification Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?
In the state of North Carolina, there are different grace periods to change your DMV-related documentation. They are as follows:

  • License or ID card address change request: 60 days within setting up a new residence
  • Car registration or title address change request: 30 days within setting up a new residence

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Carolina

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
It is highly advised that you fill out a bill of sale when there is a car sale involved between private parties. Whether you are selling or buying a vehicle, the Bill of Sale will serve as essential paperwork to document this transaction, so both parties are protected in the sale and in the exchange of car titles. To learn more about this important document, visit the Bill of Sale page.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Carolina

When will I need to renew my license?
Depending on your age, the state of North Carolina has different time periods in which a driver’s license remains valid before renewal is due. For example, if you are between the ages of 18 to 65, you are required to renew license credentials every eight years. However, if you are 66 or older, you are required to renew license documentation every five years. During your in-person appointment, you will need to present proof of identity, as well as verification of your Social Security Number, if the DMV does not have it on file. In certain instances, you may be eligible to renew your drivers license by mail.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Carolina

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
It is important to allow 10 business days to receive your North Carolina drivers license copy in the mail. If you would like to know the status of your license, contact the NC DMV at 919-715-7000. You can also inquire about your duplicate driver’s license at a nearby branch. Use our DMV locator to find one that is close to you.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Carolina Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
In order to see the status of your license, you can request a copy of your driving record. Your driving record will include important information such as the following:

  • Your name and address
  • Accidents and traffic violations you have been involved in
  • The current status of your NC driver’s license
  • Information about points on your record

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Carolina

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
In terms of replacing car registration, you can find a tax county collector s office by visiting the NC DMV Office Locations page. It is highly recommended that you call the office beforehand in order to find out what you will need to bring. Aside from your North Carolina driver’s license, a duplicate car registration will also require proof of insurance. Get in touch with the North Carolina DMV by calling them at 919-715-7000.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
In some instances, North Carolina requires a driver convicted of a DUI to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. If you committed a DWI in North Carolina and need more information about ignition interlock requirements, then you can call one of the following ignition interlock providers:

  • ALCOLOCK NC, Inc. at 1-855-664-0353
  • Monitech, Inc. at 1-800-521-4246
  • Smart Start, Inc. at 1-800-880-3394

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for North Carolina

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
You can search for and pay traffic tickets online by visiting the North Carolina Court System website. Once there, you will see an option to locate your citation number by clicking on the “Citation Query by Defendant Name” link. If you have your citation number with you, you can use it along with any letters that are a part of the document, when looking up your traffic ticket. Be aware that in order for your traffic ticket to be accessed online you must first allow a few days for it to be processed into the North Carolina Court System.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in North Carolina

Where can I get a new drivers license?
You can get your NC drivers license by visiting any local DMV location. When making your visit, make sure to bring all the necessary documents, such as the ones listed below:

  • Two documents that show proof of age and identity (One of which must contain your name and date of birth.)
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Proof of car insurance
  • Proof of North Carolina residence

You will also need to have payment readily available for any fees.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in North Carolina

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
To obtain a car title copy, you can send your written letter, along with proper payment, to the below address:

North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles 3148 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699

The cost of a duplicate car title is $15. You should also fill out an Application for Duplicate Title (MVR-4) form when submitting your request.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Carolina

Where can I obtain an ID card?
You can apply for an ID card at any DMV address. Keep in mind that you should bring with you two proofs of identity and payment for the ID replacement fee. Acceptable proofs of identity include the following:

  • Motor Vehicle Driver’s Record
  • NC School Transcript/Registration
  • Certified birth certificate
  • Valid foreign passport
  • Valid U.S. military ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Tax form with your name and SSN

For more information: How to Apply for a North Carolina Identification Card

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
In North Carolina, the majority of vehicles should be insured. These include but are not limited to:

  • Passenger vehicles
  • Commercial vehicles
  • Trucks
  • Vans
  • Boats
  • Mopeds
  • Motorcycles

If you are unsure whether or not your specific vehicle requires auto insurance, contact the NC DMV.

For more information: North Carolina Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
A supervising driver can add their printed name and drivers license number on the completed Driving Log to Advance to Level 2 Limited Provisional Driver License. The supervising driver must have the following qualifications:

  • They must be your parent, legal guardian, grandparent or an adult approved by parent or legal guardian.
  • They must be licensed for at least five years.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in North Carolina

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
If you just received a traffic citation, it may not yet be reflected on your driving record, depending on the date in which it was issued. If you would like more information about your traffic ticket, contact the county clerk in the jurisdiction where you received your ticket.

For more information: Your North Carolina Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
Yes, upon drivers license renewal, the state of North Carolina requires its drivers to pass a vision test that meets certain standards. If it is determined you must use corrective lenses while driving, this will be noted on your driver s license. Additionally, you must use your corrective lenses when taking the test. If you fail the vision test, you may be referred to see an eye specialist. For more information pertaining to your particular case, contact the NC DMV.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Carolina

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
Yes, the North Carolina DMV sends a friendly reminder card in the mail prior to the expiration date of your driver s license. Although you are not allowed to renew drivers licenses online, you are allowed to renew your driver s license up to six months before it expires in person. Prior to renewing your driver’s license, sort through all the documents you will need to present at the DMV. Also have payment ready for the renewal fee.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Carolina

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
North Carolina follows a strict point system that can result in drivers license suspension if you acquire 12 or more points within three years. You may or may not have points added to your driving record if you receive a ticket. However, you do have the option to fight the ticket by appearing in court or having legal counsel to represent you.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in North Carolina

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
Yes, the state of North Carolina requires that all drivers who are convicted of driving under the influence take an Alcohol and Drug Education Traffic School (ADETS) course before reinstating their drivers licenses. If your drivers license has been suspended, you will be required to fulfill everything that is outlined in your suspension prior to reinstatement.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for North Carolina

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
Yes, when renewing car registration you will need to complete an Application for Duplicate and/or Additional Registration Certificates (MVR-10) form. You will be required to input key information on this application in order to complete your request. Some of this information includes the following:

  • Year of vehicle
  • Make of vehicle
  • Title number
  • Vehicle Identification Number
  • Number of duplicate cards you need
  • Name of registered owner
  • Address of registered owner
  • Signature of owner

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
Yes, you are required to show proof of insurance when applying for a North Carolina car title. Additionally, you will need to submit proof of identity, such as your North Carolina driver’s license and an Odometer Reading if your car is less than 10 years old. You should also have your form of payment ready at the time of your DMV visit. If applying at a NC driver license office, take note that credit cards and debit cards are not accepted.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Carolina

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
Yes, the state of North Carolina sends out a courtesy reminder prior to your car registration renewal date. Make sure that the DMV has your correct mailing address on file, so that you receive your renewal notice on time. Upon renewing your car registration, make sure to have your plate number, driver’s license and credit card information readily available to complete the transaction. If you have not received your registration notice in the mail, contact the North Carolina DMV at 919-715-7000.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
Your car registration expires on the date listed on your registration document. Up to 60 days before its expiration date, you should receive a friendly renewal notice from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. With this renewal notice, you can easily renew your registration at a local DMV office. Gather all other necessary documents as well, such as your NC driver’s license and proof of car insurance, so to ensure a seamless and smooth transaction.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Carolina