About North Carolina’s Joint Tax and Vehicle Identification Program
North Carolina’s Vehicle Tag and Tax Together program is designed to make it easier to pay for annual vehicle registration renewal and property taxes.
If the address on your vehicle registration is current, you will receive a statement listing both vehicle registration fees and taxes due. Vehicle owners will receive this statement approximately 60 days before their vehicle registration expires.
As of September 2013, the annual vehicle inspection, registration renewal, and vehicle property tax are due in the same month each year. Only one payment is required, either in person, online, or by mail, to pay for your vehicle’s annual tag and tax (inspection fees are still paid at the inspection station).
See below for answers to common questions about the tax and label program. For more information about your vehicle’s property tax, contact your local county tax office.
- what is the reason for the change?
- what changes with the approval of this legislation?
- when did the system of labels and taxes come into force?
- what will be different about my annual renewal notice?
- I pay my property tax with my mortgage. Does this system include property tax on my home or mortgage?
- When must the vehicle tax be paid?
- How should I pay both installments?
- Does my vehicle registration renewal fee stay the same?
- Do I still need to have my car inspected before I can renew my registration?
- How will I know how much I owe? property tax?
- can I renew my vehicle registration without paying property tax?
- are the property taxes on the vehicle due next year or for the previous year?
- Will I receive a notice if I have moved since my last vehicle registration renewal?
- What will happen if I do not pay the registration and vehicle tax before before the due date?
- can I pay the property tax on my vehicle? at my county tax office?
- who should I contact if I have questions about my vehicle’s property tax?
- how is property tax determined of my vehicle?
- what if I disagree with the value, property tax, or vehicle tax location? whom should I contact? and what is the deadline for filing an appeal?
what is the reason for the change?
the north carolina general assembly passed house bill 1779, creating what we call the tag and tax together program, a more streamlined method for vehicle owners to pay their registration and vehicle taxes. Beginning in 2013, annual vehicle registration fees and property taxes will be paid to the Division of Motor Vehicles. the dmv, in turn, will distribute the taxes to the appropriate counties.
what changes with the approval of this legislation?
Previously, vehicle registration fees and vehicle property taxes were billed and paid separately. each county was responsible for managing vehicle tax collection, while the dmv handled registration fees.
Since mid-2013, the dmv began sending registration renewal notices that bill the vehicle tax due along with the registration fee. fees are listed separately, but will be paid at the same time. the total amount due on the combined statement will be payable to ncdmv. As before, you can pay online, by mail, or in person at a tuition agency near you.
when did the tag and tax system come into effect?
The new system was phased in with vehicle registration renewals due in mid-2013. By mid-2014, all North Carolina vehicles were added to the system.
what will be different in my annual renewal notice?
The new renewal notice combines information about your vehicle registration renewal fee and vehicle property tax due. the new notice includes separate contact information for registration questions and for tax questions. the tag and tax together program allows you to make a convenient payment to ncdmv for both vehicle registration renewal and property tax. ncdmv will forward the property tax portion of your payment directly to your county department of revenue.
I pay my property tax with my mortgage. Does this system include property tax on my home or mortgage?
The tag and tax together program is for your vehicle property tax only and does not affect your mortgage or home property tax.
When is my vehicle tax due?
The tax on your vehicle will expire at the same time your vehicle registration expires. the expiration date will be printed on the renewal notice you receive in the mail.
how should I pay both fees?
You no longer have to pay separate fees. you can pay both fees together through ncdmv:
*if your mailing address has changed since your last registration renewal, you may need to recalculate the tax amount. if this is the case, please do not mail your payment. contact your county tax office to see if your tax amount needs to be recalculated.
will my vehicle registration renewal fee stay the same?
registration renewal fee is determined by ncdmv. Visit dmv fees (ncdot.gov) for an up-to-date list of ncdmv fees.
Do I still need to have my car inspected before I can renew my registration?
Yes, your vehicle must pass an annual safety and/or emissions inspection prior to renewal of registration. As in previous years, you can inspect your vehicle up to 90 days before your registration renewal is due. If your vehicle is 35 years old or older, it does not need to be inspected.
How will I know how much property tax I owe?
Your property tax information will be included in the combined notice, along with your county and municipal tax rates and any other applicable taxes due.
Can I renew my vehicle registration without paying property tax?
not. You cannot renew your motor vehicle registration unless all taxes and vehicle registration fees are paid at the same time.
Are the vehicle property taxes for next year or the previous year?
Taxes due on the combined notice are for the following year and cover the same period as the vehicle registration.
Will I get a notice if I’ve moved since my last vehicle registration renewal?
If you reported your new address to ncdmv, you should receive your tax label and notice at your new address. If you did not notify ncdmv of your new address, you may not receive the renewal notice.
If you’ve moved since your last renewal, you may need to recalculate your vehicle’s property tax. do not mail your renewal and payment. You can change your address by visiting your local registration agency or online by requesting a duplicate registration card for $20.00.
What will happen if I do not pay the registration and vehicle tax on the due date?
Interest will be charged on late vehicle property tax payments and registration renewals. Your vehicle could also be subject to ncdmv fees and a citation if driven after the tags expire.
Can I pay property tax on my vehicle at my county tax office?
no, you will no longer be able to pay vehicle tax at your county tax office.
Who should I contact if I have questions about property tax on my vehicle?
Contact information for your county tax office can be found on your label and tax renewal notice.
How is the property tax on my vehicle determined?
The county vehicle appraiser will appraise your vehicle based on its fair market value. your property tax will be based on the tax rates and the jurisdiction in which your vehicle is located.
What if I disagree with the value, property tax, or vehicle tax location, who do I contact, and what is the deadline for filing an appeal?
After a vehicle owner has received their combined notice and disagrees with the value, property tax, or location of the vehicle tax, they should contact the tax office in the county in which the vehicle resides. the owner has 30 days to appeal from the expiration date, which is the 15th of the month following the registration renewal or similar action on a new registration.