North Carolina

If you’re new to North Carolina or have recently acquired a vehicle, you must get it titled in North Carolina.

To avoid inconveniences, be sure you have all necessary documents before making your visit to your vehicle registration office.

Step 1: Requirements

  • You must have a valid North Carolina driver license or ID.
  • For vehicles owned by more than one individual, all signatures on required documents must be notarized, and accompanied by a black-and-white copy of the alternate owner’s valid driver license⁄ID, or a Power of Attorney must be provided to sign for the co-owner(s). If paperwork is being signed with a Power of Attorney, a black-and-white copy of the owner’s valid driver license is required when paperwork is submitted.
  • If mailing in the paperwork, please provide a black and white copy of your valid North Carolina driver license.
  • If you are a new North Carolina resident, your valid out-of-state driver license, along with your North Carolina Temporary Driving Certificate (TDC), is required to title and register your vehicle.

Vehicle Taxation & Inspection

Property taxes for the vehicle you wish to register must be paid.

Registration Stops or Blocks

Under certain circumstances, you may not be able to register your vehicle. Please address any registration stops or blocks prior to registering your vehicle.

Step 2: Documents

Minimum liability insurance requirements for private passenger vehicles

  • $30,000 – bodily injury, one person
  • $60,000 – bodily injury, two or more people
  • $25,000 – property damage

General Statue 20-279.21 requires Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists coverage. Auto insurance policies with the minimum Bodily Injury and Property Damage limits are required to include Uninsured Motorists coverage. Policies with limits greater than the minimum must provide combined Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists coverage. Contact the Department of Insurance's Consumer Services at 1-855-408-1212, option 3, for further information regarding this statute.

Proof of Identity

  • You must have a valid North Carolina driver license or ID.
  • For vehicles owned by more than one individual, all signatures on required documents must be notarized, and accompanied by a black-and-white copy of the alternate owner’s valid driver license⁄ID, or a Power of Attorney must be provided to sign for the co-owner(s).

If you are a non-resident of the state of North Carolina, you will need to bring one additional document that proves one of the following:

  • Military ID for active duty stationed in North Carolina
  • Student ID showing enrollment in a North Carolina college or university
  • Vehicle is garaged in North Carolina for at least six months each year
  • Court-ordered sale of a vehicle
  • Vehicle is co-owned
  • Registration for a motor home
  • Documented medical condition

Proof of Liability Insurance

Step 3: Complete Appropriate Forms

Choose one of the below categories appropriate for your need, then complete and fill out the corresponding documents and forms.

Please follow all instructions when completing forms and documents. A valid North Carolina driver license is required for all services processed in person.