What is the car registration fee in North Carolina? North Carolina

Car Registration Fees

The car registration fee in NC is $28, for either a first-time DMV registration or registration renewal.  However, individual counties may charge additional fees to cover their vehicle registration costs.

Late Fees

There are no late fees, but you will get a traffic ticket if you get pulled over with an unregistered vehicle.

Emissions Testing and Safety Inspection

Before you can register car, you must get a safety inspection. Those new to the state may skip this inspection for their first-time registration.

Note these important points about smog and emissions checks:

  • 48 counties also require a smog check in addition to a safety inspection.
  • Smog fees vary from $6.25 to $30, which usually includes the safety inspection fee.
  • The safety inspection fee is $13.25.
  • You do not have to get the safety and smog checks before your first registration.
  • Go to an inspection station authorized by the North Carolina DMV. The station files your test electronically.

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