Registered Motor Vehicles
The Tag and Tax Together Program became effective with September 2013 initial registrations and renewals. The program was designed as a convenient way to pay registration fees and property taxes in one transaction.
The NC Department of Motor Vehicles sends out a combined notice that includes both the vehicle registration fee and property taxes due. You pay NC DMV for the entire bill by mail, online or in person at any NC License Plate Agency. You will not be able to renew your registration without paying the property tax that is due.
If you purchase a vehicle and do not transfer an active tag to it, you will be required to either pay the property tax at the time you register the vehicle or acquire a limited registration plate, which allows you approximately 60 days to pay the tax and receive your permanent plate.
Unregistered Motor Vehicles/Special Plates
The Tag and Tax Together Program does not apply to unregistered motor vehicles, vehicles that have an IRP plate (International Registration Plan/Apportioned), or permanent/multi-year plates. Please go to the Individual Personal Property section for listing requirements for these vehicle types.