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5/18/2016: Calling All Vehicle Owners: Vehicle Registration Late Fee Goes Into Effect July 1

Calling All Vehicle Owners: Vehicle Registration Late Fee Goes Into Effect July 1

Posted 5/18/2016 9:44:22 AM

 Late fee amounts range from $15 to $25 RALEIGH – 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. ***NCDOT***
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5/11/2016: NCDMV License and Theft Bureau Inspectors Arrest North Carolina-Based Online Document Manufacturer Selling Driver Licenses

NCDMV License and Theft Bureau Inspectors Arrest North Carolina-Based Online Document Manufacturer Selling Driver Licenses

Posted 5/11/2016 2:26:34 PM

  Documents showing up in towns across state, nation   Raleigh – In a three-month investigation that ranged across North Carolina and into other states, inspectors with the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles’ License and Theft Bureau arrested a Wilmington man yesterday morning and charged him with six felony counts related to the manufacture, sale and distribution of fraudulent North Carolina driver licenses.   The investigation, which began in March in Mecklenburg County as the result of a fake driver license recovered from a retail establishment, uncovered hundreds of counterfeit driver licenses made largely for use by underage license holders. The probe involved about 10 License and Theft Bureau inspectors, along with investigators from the U.S. Postal Service and Homeland Security Investigations of the Department of Homeland Security.   “We are extremely proud of the efforts of the License and Theft Bureau and grateful for the support of the other agencies involved in ending fraudulent ID labs,” DMV Commissioner Kelly J. Thomas said. “Eliminating these operations helps protect hundreds of North Carolina citizens and their identities, and this makes it a priority for NCDMV and the License and Theft Bureau.”   Daniel Corey Benson, 33, of 133 Charter Drive, Wilmington, was arrested and charged with one felony count of trafficking in stolen identities and five felony counts of identity theft. Benson is accused of manufacturing 250 fraudulent driver licenses since October 2015.   Months of investigation yielded the location of a document lab in Wilmington and the identification of the suspect, according to License and Theft Bureau Inspector W. L. Carswell. He and Inspector A. J. Pinney, both based in NCDMV’s Huntersville office, described the operation as having advanced document-making equipment, including several computer towers, a laptop, a laser precision cutting device, card stock, fraudulent state seals and additional lab paraphernalia, all of which were seized.   Included in the seizures were about 30 completed fraudulent North Carolina driver licenses. Investigators successfully identified individuals who purchased documents through Benson’s website. The fraudulent licenses were issued to individuals in Cary, Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, Greenville, Raleigh, Carrboro, Matthews, Gastonia, Boone, Kernersville, Wilmington, Henderson, Goldsboro, and in the states of Texas, Minnesota and South Carolina.   “We are now shifting our attention to actively seeking the holders of these documents," Inspector Carswell said.   Following a court appearance today, Benson is being held in the New Hanover County Jail on $50,000 secured bond. According to inspectors, additional charges are probable, pending added information regarding the manufacture of fraudulent licenses.   ***NCDOT***
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4/21/2016: NCDMV Reminds More Than 26,000 Moped Owners About Upcoming Insurance Requirement

NCDMV Reminds More Than 26,000 Moped Owners About Upcoming Insurance Requirement

Posted 4/21/2016 3:44:30 PM

  Agency sends letters about changes effective July 1 Raleigh – The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is sending 26,799 letters to moped owners reminding them about a new law that will require the vehicles to carry liability insurance beginning July 1. Letters are being mailed this week to moped owners whose vehicles are registered with NCDMV. Moped owners must provide NCDMV proof of liability insurance coverage from their insurance company or take a Certificate of Liability Insurance form, available from their insurance carrier, to their local license plate agency. They may also provide the insurance company’s name and policy number to their local LPA. Failure to provide proof of insurance to NCDMV could result in their license plate being revoked. Once NCDMV receives insurance information from a moped owner, the owner will be issued a corrected registration card showing the insurance information for the moped. Mopeds were first required to register with the Division in July 2015. The requirement for insurance coverage was added in a law passed by the General Assembly to become effective a year later.   ***NCDOT***
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4/12/2016: Plymouth Hosts New North Carolina DMV Indoor Mobile Unit

Plymouth Hosts New North Carolina DMV Indoor Mobile Unit

Posted 4/12/2016 10:19:44 AM

New compact unit brings easy, efficient service Raleigh – One of the first stops in eastern North Carolina for the Division of Motor Vehicles’ new compact mobile office will be in Plymouth, the county seat of Washington County. The office, which carries two driver license examiner stations, will be located at the Cooperative Extension Service Office at 128 E. Water St., on Tuesday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will return on the second Tuesday of each month. Once it leaves Plymouth, the unit will continue its eastern route to towns including Columbia, Currituck, Swan Quarter, Hatteras, Snow Hill, Trenton and Bayboro. The new office is installed in specially-modified sports utility vehicles that conserve fuel, offer easier driving and lower maintenance costs, and provide the capability for flexible deployment throughout the state. The mobile office is constructed on a specially-made deck that holds the equipment necessary for completing license and ID card applications. The deck is mounted on a sliding base that fits into the back of a large SUV. Two units fit side-by-side, each containing touch-screen testers, a customer-facing monitor for information verification, a document scanner and, for the first time, a credit/debit card machine for customer convenience. NCDMV has introduced three new mobile offices and plans to increase the number of stops made by the units, up to 70 from the current 20, and serve over 36,400 customers. The offices are part of Governor McCrory’s Driving Change initiatives to improve customer service and reduce wait times at DMV offices. The offices are expected to reduce lines in driver license offices by taking services directly to customers in remote areas. Among other Driving Change announcements, the agency is offering online driver license renewals statewide, a more durable and secure driver license, a new MyDMV web portal, and updating DMV offices across the state.  ***NCDOT***
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3/9/2016: Edenton Driver License Service to Move Back into Renovated Office

Edenton Driver License Service to Move Back into Renovated Office

Posted 3/9/2016 3:51:05 PM

Office repairs, updates enable customers to return RALEIGH – Beginning Monday, March 14, driver license services at the Edenton Driver License Office, located at 705 N. Broad St., will return to the building after moving out for a month of repairs and renovations. While the office was being renovated, services were offered onsite by the NCDMV mobile unit. Offices for the License and Theft Bureau will reopen in the building within the next two weeks. Driver license services, including road tests, will continue to be offered onsite Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers may call the office at (252) 482-8941. ***NCDOT***
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