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.

First in Freedom License Plate

NCDMV now offers another no-cost license plate design option. Click here for more information.

Stack of North Carolina License Plates

This page is for those obtaining a North Carolina license plate for the first time. To obtain a license plate and registration for a vehicle that already has a North Carolina title printed in your name, visit a North Carolina license plate agency.

Getting a New License Plate

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

General Statue 20-279.21 requires Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists coverage. Auto insurance policies with the minimum Bodily Injury and Property Damage limits are required to include Uninsured Motorists coverage. Policies with limits greater than the minimum must provide combined Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists coverage. Contact the Department of Insurance's Consumer Services at 1-855-408-1212, option 3 for further information regarding this statute.

Step 1: Requirements & Documents

The following is required before a license plate can be issued:

  • Vehicle must be registered and titled in North Carolina
  • Vehicle description
  • Proof of liability insurance
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 North Carolina inspections and inspection station locations here:

Step 3: Submit Information & Pay Fees

Accepted payment for transactions at DMV Offices includes cash, money order, personal checks[?]
Some offices accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards. Call ahead to confirm.

License Plate Fees
Plate Fee, Private Passenger Vehicles $36
Plate Fee, Private Truck Under 4,000 lbs $36
Plate Fee, Private Truck Under 5,000 lbs $56.50
Plate Fee, Private Truck Under 6,000 lbs $67
Plate Fee, Trailer or Semi-trailer $25
House Trailer and/or Camping Trailer $14
Motorcycle $24
U-Drive-It Car $66
Private Bus (16 Passengers and More) $40
Permanent & State Owned Plates $6
Regional Transportation Authority Registration Tax for Vehicles Registered in WAKE County [?] $5
Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation Tax for Vehicles Registered in RANDOLPH County [?] $1
Vehicles Registered in DURHAM Regional Transit Authority Registration Tax $5 County Vehicle Registration Tax $10 [?] $15
Vehicles Registered in ORANGE Regional Transit Authority Registration Tax $5 County Vehicle Registration Tax $10 [?] $15

Vehicle Fees, Contact & Delivery Information

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