Registered Motor Vehicles
Owners of registered motor vehicles will receive a county tax bill approximately three months after a tag is initially issued or renewed according to North Carolina General Statute 105-330. The motor vehicle tax bill will become due the fourth month after the license plate is issued or renewed. These motor vehicle tax billings are generated from information provided by the motor vehicle owners to the Division of Motor Vehicles. The DMV then provides this information to the correct taxable county. The tax bill must be paid before the registration may be renewed the following year. If the bill becomes delinquent, the Tax Collector will place a block on the vehicle registration which prevents the owner of the motor vehicle from renewing the registration.
If you have turned a license plate in to the NC DMV after you sold or gave away a vehicle, moved out of the state and registered your vehicle in another state or totaled a vehicle, you will need to notify the Tax Assessor's Office in order to have the tax bill prorated. Your bill may be prorated only if you have any unused months left on the license plate's registration after surrendering the license plate. If you do not notify the Tax Assessor's Office of these circumstances within one year after turning in the license plate, you will be liable for the full tax bill.
Some information within the realm of the Tax Office is available to the public; however, information regarding registered motor vehicles is protected by federal law in the interest of preserving citizens’ welfare and privacy.
Click on this link for information about Registered Motor Vehicle tax bills.
For any assistance which you may require, please contact the Tax Assessor’s Office.
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