New Registration

New drivers in North Carolina, as well as those who have recently bought a new vehicle, will need to register their car, truck, motorcycle, or other motor vehicle at the NC DMV. If you’re looking for information about how to apply for a new registration, here is everything you need to know to expedite the process:

Where to Register Vehicles in North Carolina

When you apply for a new registration, it must be done in person at a Vehicle Registration and License Plate Renewal Office. While the process can also be completed by mail, it’s recommended that you go to the DMV to minimize errors and misunderstandings.

For those who would like to register vehicles via mail, send your application and copies of necessary documents (listed below) to the following address:

Vehicle Titles/Liens, Duplicate Registration
3148 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27697

What You Need to Apply For A New Registration

Naturally, you are going to need to bring more than just yourself to the DMV. The most vital information would be proof of identification—your NC driver’s license or approved ID card. Additionally, you need:

  • Proof of auto insurance – must meet the requirements of private passenger liability (up to $30,000 for injury to one individual; $60,000 for two or more passengers; and $25,000 to cover property damage).
  • Vehicle title – must be notarized.
  • Lien release, if applicable
  • Form MVR-1 (Title Application) – in NC, registration and titling happen simultaneously
  • Form MVR-181 (Damage Disclosure Statement)
  • Form MVR-180 (Odometer Disclosure Statement) – only for vehicles 10 years old or less
  • Bill of sale – only if you bought the car from a dealership. Bill of sale must show price.

You may also want to receive proof of vehicle inspection if you are looking to register a previously-owned vehicle. Luckily, you shouldn’t have any problem finding a certified vehicle safety and emission inspection center, because there’s over 7,500 places in NC to have a convenient electronic reporting system.

Associated Registration Fees

While you might have some of these items already purchased and in your records, here are all associated fees you might need to consider when applying for a new registration:

  • $52 for Certificate of Title (or $98 for an instant decision)
  • $36 for passenger vehicle or small truck license plate
  • $13.60 for a vehicle safety inspection – not required for vehicles 35 years or older
  • $30 for an on-board Diagnostic Emissions Inspection

For New NC Residents

Those who are new to North Carolina have to apply for an official NC driver’s license, title, and vehicle registration within the first 30 days of gaining residency. While you are exempt from vehicle inspection the first time around, inspection is mandatory upon renewal. This inspection needs to be done within 90 days of expired registration for it to be viable.

It’s important to note that when applying for a new registration as a new resident, you must have an NC driver’s license. If you haven’t yet received the new license, bring your out-of-state one and the Temporary Driving Certificate that you should have received from the NC DMV.

There you have it: everything you need to know about applying for a new vehicle registration in North Carolina. If you gather up the listed documentation and follow the steps, you should be able to get everything settled swiftly and be behind the wheel of your vehicle in no time.