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How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Carolina

Vehicle Registration Online Services Guide

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) notifies vehicle owners of the expiration date of their vehicle registration by mail. Vehicle registrations can be renewed up to 90 days before the registration expires either through the mail, using the DMV's online service, or in person.

REGISTRATION RENEWAL BY U.S. MAIL

  • Send the completed registration renewal form and the appropriate payment along with a $1 postage fee to:
    NC Division of Motor Vehicles
    Post Office Box 29620
    Raleigh, N.C. 27626-0620    

REGISTRATION RENEWAL VIA THE INTERNET

  1. Go to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles Online Services website.
  2. The license plate number and the title number are needed.
  3. Have your Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card handy to pay for the renewal.
  4. There is no additional fee for online renewals.

REGISTRATION RENEWAL IN PERSON

  1. Locate the Vehicle and License Plate Renewal Office in your area.
  2. Bring the registration renewal form along with a credit card, check, money order or cash to pay for the renewal.
  3. In the absence of the renewal form, carry your license plate number as well as insurance details.

FEES

Registration for different categories of vehicles in North Carolina will have different fees varying from $1 to $30 as seen here.

FOR CORRECTIONS

  1. Before renewal, check for errors in the pre-printed vehicle renewal notice that arrived in the mail.
  2. If you do not receive the registration renewal form, call (919) 715-7000.
  3. For correction or change of address, fill in the address change form and mail it within 60 days of your move to:
    NC Division of Motor Vehicles
    3148 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-3148    
  4. For any other error, visit your local DMV Office.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Submitted by michibp@gmail.com on 5th Jun 2015

I have paid for vehicle

I have paid for vehicle yearly-registration and have had the car inspection sent electronically. Passed... once the DMV receives the inspection notice does this automatically generate the new registration sticker for my license plate. Once again I have already paid the fee by mail. Thank you

Submitted by mjd777 on 29th Sep 2012

My vehicle inspection date is

My vehicle inspection date is not until 10/31. Can I renew my registration now (10/01), before I get my car inspected?

Submitted by jerryandersen on 2nd Jul 2012

I am currently deployed in

I am currently deployed in Afghanistan and need to re-register my Vehicles. I need to get a hold of the DMV in Fayetteville NC and have them reset or do something with the online thing since I am unable to get my vehicles inspected. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Submitted by felcitas smith on 3rd Jan 2012

how i can renew my driver"s

how i can renew my driver"s license,because i am outside the county, i was due on january 10,i have to be out six months,i'm in spain,i have to driver here,someone help me!!!! thanks.

Submitted by Megan Harvey on 21st Jun 2011

The tag on my boat trailer is

The tag on my boat trailer is paid up for 2 years....but the decal stickers are wearing off..is there a place online that i can order a new set of stickers??

thank you!

Submitted by Anonymous on 4th Apr 2011

DID NOT RECEIVE A RENEWAL

DID NOT RECEIVE A RENEWAL AND WAS CITED FOR REGISTRATION EXPIRED (-ONE MONTH OVER DUE. AM I STILL LIABLE?

Submitted by TrulyMMe on 14th Jun 2011

Yes. You are responsible for

Yes. You are responsible for keeping up with your vehicle registration renewal date even if you don't get notice in the mail. Sorry.

Submitted by raylam1943 on 30th Jun 2013

do I have to get my car

do I have to get my car inspected in NC before I re-register it or can I get it inspected in another State?