The North Carolina General Assembly passed a new law to create a combined motor vehicle renewal and property tax collection system. In doing so, the new law transfers the responsibility for motor vehicle tax collection from the 100 countries across North Carolina to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). North Carolina General Statute (NCGS) 105-330.4(2) states in part that all county vehicle tax and registration is due at the time of registration.
How Does This New Legislation Change Things?
Currently, vehicle registration and taxes are processed separately. First, you receive and pay your vehicle registration. Then three (3) months later, you receive notice and pay your tax. This occurs separately because the counties are responsible for managing vehicle taxes, and the DMV is responsible for managing vehicle registration.
What will happen !
Effective with registration renewals for September 2013 the DMV will send a new combined notice that includes the vehicle registration and the vehicle tax, which will be due and payable at time of renewal. You will not be able to renew your vehicle without paying the county tax.
All delinquent tax on all vehicles must be paid prior to registration renewal.
For more information about this change, please contact the