North Carolina uses a staggered vehicle registration system. Your plate expires on the last day of the month and year currently displayed on your plate. Although an individual can legally operate their vehicle up to 15 days after their registration expires ("valid through" date), the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles charges a late fee up to $25 on all registration renewals paid after the expiration date.
When it is time to renew your vehicle's registration, you will receive a renewal card in the mail. If you do receive a registration renewal card, please see below.
If you did not receive a registration renewal card:
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