Motor Vehicle Tax
If the address on your vehicle registration is current, you will receive one statement listing both vehicle registration fees and taxes due. Vehicle owners will receive this statement about 60 days prior to their vehicles registration expiration. The total amount due on the combined statement will be made payable to NCDMV. You will not be able to renew your vehicles registration unless the total taxes and registration fees on the vehicle are paid at the same time.

Visit your local License Plate Agency or to pay taxes and fees.

If your address has changed since you registered your vehicle you can change your address by visiting your local license plate agency or by requesting a duplicate registration card online.

Click here for more information on the state's "Tag and Tax Together" program.

Phone: 252.475.5965

Room 166
962 Marshall C Collins Dr
Manteo NC 27954

Fax: 252.475.9130

The property tax law calls for counties to charge interest for overdue accounts. FIVE Percent (5%) Interest will be added on the Past Due Date. Additional interest adds at 3/4 of ONE percent (1%) each month until taxes are paid in full.

Recent legislation now allows counties to block the license plate (registration) renewal for any vehicle for which the owner owes an overdue property tax. A county tax collector can place a "block" on the registration of any vehicle for which property tax payment is at least four months overdue. If a county places a "block" on the vehicle registration, the DMV is unable to renew the license plate for that vehicle until the owner presents the DMV with a standardized paid tax receipt.

The DMV is not involved in establishing the value of a vehicle for property tax purposes. It furnishes a record of the make and model of the registered vehicle, and the local county assessment office determines the tax accordingly.

The new law covers all motor vehicles except:
  • vehicles exempt from registration by North Carolina law
  • manufactured homes
  • mobile classrooms and offices
  • semi-trailers registered on a multi-year basis
  • motor vehicles owned or leased by public service companies
  • vehicles in confidential status

All vehicles are valued at estimated retail value. Dare County valuation guide generally values slightly less than the N.A.D.A. retail value. Licensed vehicles appeals and supporting documentation must be postmarked or within 30 days of the due date printed on the notice.