Beginning July 1, North Carolina vehicle owners
must pay their annual vehicle registration renewals by the expiration
date or face a late fee. The new fees were passed by the General
Assembly last September and require one of three graduated late fees to
be assessed on late registration renewals starting in July.
The late fees will be added beginning the first
day of the month following the expiration date. Though citizens can
still operate their vehicle up to 15 days after their registration has
expired without being ticketed, they will be fined beginning the first
day of the month after the registration expires.
If the registration has been expired for less
than one month, a late fee of $15 will be charged. If the registration
has been expired for one month or greater, but less than two months, a
late fee of $20 will be charged.
A late fee of $25 will be charged for registrations that have been expired for two months or greater.
Vehicle registration renewals may be paid in person at any license plate agency, by mail, or online at www.ncdot.gov/dmv/online.
If paying by mail, the registration fee is
considered to be made on the date shown on the postmark stamped by the
United States Postal Service. If the mailed fee is not postmarked to
show the date of mailing, the payment is considered to be made on the
date the Division receives the payment.