Yes. Your vehicle's annual registration renewal fees will remain the same. The increase in your bill is from the addition of the vehicle property tax.
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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 registration fees and vehicle property taxes will be paid to the Division of Motor Vehicles. The DMV will, in turn, distribute the taxes to the appropriate counties.
Currently, vehicle registration fees and vehicle property taxes are billed and paid separately. Each county is responsible for managing vehicle tax collections, while DMV handles registration fees.
Beginning in mid-2013, DMV will begin sending out registration renewal notices that invoice the vehicle tax due along with the registration fee. The fees are listed separately but will be due at the same time. The total amount due on the combined statement will be payable to NCDMV. As before, you can pay online, through the mail or in person at a license plate agency near you.
The new system will be phased in with the vehicle registration renewals that are due in mid-2013. By mid-2014, all North Carolina vehicles will be incorporated into the system.
The new renewal notice combines the information about your vehicle registration renewal fee and the vehicle property tax due. The new notice includes separate contact information for registration questions and for tax questions. The new Tag and Tax Together program allows you to make one convenient payment to NCDMV for both registration renewal and vehicle property tax. NCDMV will forward the property tax portion of your payment directly to your county revenue department.
The new Tag and Tax Together program is for your vehicle property tax only and does not affect your mortgage or home property tax.
Your vehicle tax will be due at the same time your vehicle registration is due. The due date will be printed on the new renewal notice that you receive in the mail.
*If your mailing address has changed since your last registration renewal, the tax amount may need to be recalculated. If this is the case, do not mail your payment in. Contact your county tax office to see if your tax amount needs to be recalculated.
Yes. Your vehicle must pass an annual safety and/or emissions inspection before the registration is renewed. As in previous years, you may have your vehicle inspected as early as 90 days before your registration renewal is due.
Information about your property tax will be included on the combined notice, along with your county and municipality tax rates and other applicable taxes due.
No. You cannot renew your motor vehicle’s registration unless the total taxes and registration fees on the vehicle are paid at the same time.
Taxes due on the combined notice are for the coming year, covering the same period as the vehicle registration.
If you reported your new address to NCDMV, you should receive your tag and tax notice at your new address. If you did not notify NCDMV of your new address, you may not receive the renewal notice.
If you have moved since your last renewal, your vehicle property tax may need to be recalculated. Do not send your renewal and payment by mail. You can change your address by visiting your local license plate agency or online by requesting a duplicate registration card for $15.00.
Interest will be charged on late vehicle property tax payments and registration renewals. Your vehicle will also be subject to citation if it is driven after the tags expire.
Once your vehicle becomes part of the Tag and Tax Together program and you have received the combined notice, you will no longer be able to pay your vehicle tax at your county tax office.
Contact information for your county’s tax office is on your Tag and Tax renewal notice, or refer to this list of county tax offices.
The county vehicle appraiser will value your vehicle based on its fair market value. Your property tax will be based on the tax rates and jurisdiction your vehicle is located in.
After a vehicle owner has received their combined notice and the owner disagrees with the value, property tax, or vehicle tax location, they should contact the county tax office in which the vehicle resides. The owner has 30 days to appeal from the due date which is the 15th day of the month following the registration renewal action or similarly on a new registration.