August 28, 2013
First ‘Tag and Tax Together’ combined bills due Sept. 1
The first combined tag and tax notices for vehicle registration renewals and newly purchased vehicles are due Sept. 1.
new bills reflect both vehicle property tax information from counties
and other taxing jurisdictions, as well as vehicle registration and
inspection information. Drivers used to pay for tags and taxes
separately. The new “Tag and Tax Together” program requires one payment
for both bills. Both tag renewals and tax payments must be paid in full
to renew your vehicle registration.
Vehicle owners with
a “9” (for the month of September) sticker on their license tag are due
to pay the combined bill in September. With each month that passes,
additional vehicle owners will receive the new notice when their
renewal is due. By mid-2014, the program should include all North
Carolina vehicle owners.
Combined payments will also be
due on vehicles purchased on or after Sept. 1 unless the owner elects
not to pay the property tax at the point of sale. In this case, the
owner will receive a limited registration plate that expires 60 days
after the vehicle is titled. The North Carolina Division of Motor
Vehicles will send a reminder notice to the owner stating the amount of
property tax due.
For leased vehicles, the person
purchasing the license plate will receive the combined bill. Leasing
companies will need to make arrangements with their lessee as to how
they want to collect fees and taxes.
An easy-to-read map
of the combined notice posted on the DMV website shows where property
tax information is listed and how to find vehicle registration
information. After receiving your entire payment, NCDMV will renew your
vehicle registration and forward the property tax portion of your
payment directly to your county revenue office. Owners may pay the
combined bill at their local license plate agency, online, or by mail.
DMV website features frequently asked questions about the combined
billing program and contact information for county revenue offices
across the state. A Spanish version of the questions has also been
posted. (Vea una version en Español de las preguntas más
frecuentes.) DMV has also produced a video to help explain the new
To figure out the projected total of your new
bill, visit the Tag and Tax Estimator and plug in your vehicle
information. Vehicle dealers and dealerships can also find information
that explains how the program works with vehicle purchases, trade-ins
and other situations.
The result of a law passed by the
General Assembly in 2005, the new billing combination has required the
incorporation of county tax rates into the vehicle registration system.
It is designed to provide an easy one-time payment of vehicle tags and
property taxes for vehicle owners.
In addition to the “Tag
and Tax Together” information on the website, NCDMV, the N.C.
Department of Revenue, and North Carolina’s 100 counties have worked
together to inform vehicle owners about the new combined payment
Key facts about the program:
new “Tag and Tax Together” program is for your vehicle property tax
only and does not affect your mortgage or home property tax.
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.
vehicle’s annual registration renewal fees will remain the same. The
increase in your bill is from the addition of the vehicle property tax.
owner will have to pay taxes twice in the same tax year for the same
vehicle. It is important to look at the vehicle property tax year
rather than the calendar year. By law, the tax year for your vehicle
begins the first month after your previous registration expires. While
it is possible to pay twice in a calendar year, no vehicle owner will
pay twice in the same tax year or for the same 12-month period.