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Registered Motor Vehicles

About North Carolina’s New Tag & Tax System

The North Carolina General Assembly passed a new law to create a combined motor vehicle registration renewal and property tax collection system (Tag & Tax System). In doing so, the new law transfers the responsibility for motor vehicle tax collection from the 100 counties across North Carolina to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

North Carolina’s new Tag & Tax System has been designed as a convenient way to pay annual vehicle tag renewals and vehicle property taxes.

If your address is current with the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles, you will receive a Tag & Tax Notice listing both vehicle registration fees and taxes due. Just as in the past, vehicle owners will receive the notice about 60 days prior to their vehicle’s registration expiration.

Completes the annual tag and tax payments for your vehicle. Now, your annual vehicle inspection, registration renewal and property tax are all due the same month each year.

Learn more about North Carolina’s new Tag & Tax System by reading the FAQs on this website or print this brochure 

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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