Can I complete registration renewal online in North Carolina? North Carolina

Registration Renewal Online

Yes, you can. You’ll need your vehicle registration renewal card from the NC DMV, or the following information:

  • The last five digits of the title number.
  • The license plate number.
  • The insurance policy number.
  • The current address filed with the North Carolina DMV.
  • A Visa or MasterCard.

The cost for a renewed car registration is $28, plus additional county fees. If you want to get specialized plates, there will also be an extra fee.

Smog Check and Inspection

All vehicles except those older than 35 years old must get a safety inspection before they're eligible for online DMV registration renewal.

If you live in one of the 48 counties requiring emissions testing, you will also need an emissions and smog check. Your renewal notice will tell you if you need to get a smog check, or you can look at the North Carolina DMV Web site to see if your area requires the test.

Diesel cars are exempt from the smog check.

Smog testing can be done at any service station or dealer that advertises they are state-certified. Once the vehicle passes, the station reports it electronically to the DMV. Then you can register car.


Fees for a smog check and safety inspection vary from $6.25 to $30, depending on where you live.

A safety inspection alone is $13.25.

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