What if I did not receive a NC registration renewal notice? North Carolina

Registration Renewal Without a Notice

You have a few choices if you did not get a North Carolina car registration renewal notice. You can:

  • Phone (919) 715-7000 and ask for a new renewal notice to be sent out.
  • Complete vehicle registration online, if you have your insurance number, license plate, title number, and address.
  • Go to an office and finish the DMV registration.

Late Registration

NC does not charge extra for registering your car late, but you’ll be subject to fines if you are caught driving with an expired car registration.

Smog Check

Before you try to register car, check to see if you live in one of the 48 counties requiring an emissions and smog check on the DMV website. If you do, go get a smog check.


  • Emissions testing is performed at authorized service stations around the state. They report the results directly to the DMV.
  • These stations also perform the annual safety inspection, which is done at the same time as the smog check.

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