Search & Order Plates

Make a statement with a specialized or personalized license plate. Our online search before you order makes it easy to find the plate that fits you.

Stack of North Carolina License Plates

To obtain a license plate and registration for a vehicle that already has a North Carolina title printed in your name, visit one of our Vehicle & License Plate Renewal Offices.

Getting a North Carolina License Plate

Step 1, Requirements & Documents

Before a license plate can be issued, the following is needed:

  • Vehicle must be registered & titled in North Carolina
  • Vehicle description
  • Proof of liability insurance

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
Acceptable documents for vehicle description:
  • Vehicle Title or Title number
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
Acceptable proof of liability insurance:
Step 2, Inspection

Next, you'll need to get your vehicle inspected. You can find more information about NC Inspections and Inspection Station locations here:

Step 3, Submit Information & Pay Fees

Payment for transactions at DMV Offices are limited to cash, money order or personal checks[?]. No other forms of payment are accepted, including debit and credit cards.

License Plate Fees
Plate Fee, Private Passenger Vehicles $28.00
Plate Fee, Private Truck Under 4,000 lbs $28.00
Plate Fee, Private Truck Under 5,000 lbs $43.50
Plate Fee, Private Truck Under 6,000 lbs $51.60
Plate Fee, Trailer or Semi-trailer $19.00
House Trailer and/or Camping Trailer $11.00
Motorcycle $18.00
U-Drive-It Car $51.00
Private Bus (16 Passengers and More) $31.00
Permanent & State Owned Plates $6.00
Regional Transportation Authority Registration Tax for Vehicles Registered in WAKE [?] $5.00
Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation Tax for Vehicles Registered in RANDOLPH County [?] $1.00

Vehicle Fees, Contact & Delivery Information

Email Us:
Mail Us:
N. C. Division of Motor Vehicles
3148 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699