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TAG & TAX - One Stop for Tag Renewal and Vehicle Tax Payment

How you pay your vehicle tax is changing!
North Carolina has a new law that combines motor vehicle registration renewal and property tax collection. This initiative fundamentally changes the way vehicle taxes are billed and collected.                            Link to NC DMV Tag and Tax Site->


How Does The New Law Change Things?

Old system:

Vehicle registration is done by the state and taxes have been processed by the Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor.

New system:

Vehicle owners will now begin receiving Tag & Tax Notices from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) listing both vehicle registration fees and taxes due. A single payment to cover both vehicle registration fees and vehicle property taxes will be made directly to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Raleigh.

Do I still need to get an inspection before renewing my registration?
Yes, just like the current system, inspections are required before registrations are granted.


Beginning with Mid-year 2013 Renewals and New Issue registrations:
If your mailing address is up-to-date with the NC Division of Motor Vehicles, you will receive a Tag & Tax Notice listing both vehicle registration fees and taxes due. Just as in the past, vehicle owners will receive the notice about 60 days before the expiration of the vehicle registration.

Previously, those who register their vehicles with the NCDMV have their car inspected and then pay the state license tag renewal. Afterward, they would receive a tax bill from the County, about three months later.

Beginning in mid-2013, the State will begin collecting vehicle taxes at the same time vehicle owners renew their license tags.

With Tag & Tax Together, annual registration fees and vehicle property taxes will be paid to the NCDMV in person at a local tag office, online at the NCDMV website or by mail.

The new system will be phased-in as vehicle registration renewals become due in mid-2013. By mid-2014, all North Carolina vehicles that are registered with the DMV will be using the new system. The calendar below indicates when vehicles will enter the system according to the renewal dates on the license plates.

During the change, tax years will seem to overlap: some vehicle owners will receive a tax bill from the County and then, less than 12-months later, receive another tax bill from the State for the same vehicle. This overlap will occur because previously, vehicle owners paid taxes after the tax year began; under the new system, they will pay taxes before the new tax year begins. The State will collect the taxes and distribute revenue back to the County, who will then distribute the portions due to Charlotte and the Towns.

Vehicle owners will be unable to renew their motor vehicle’s registration unless the total taxes and registration fees on the vehicle are paid at the same time.


Tag and Tax Renewal Calendar

Chart below shows when each vehicle will be added to the new system, based on the renewal sticker on the license plate.

Tag Expiration/Renewal Invitation
Due Date

Unpaid Tax
Interest Begins

2013 Tag Renewals
Sep 13 Jul 2013 Oct 15, 2013 Oct 16, 2013
Oct 13 Aug 2013 Nov 15, 2013 Nov 16, 2013
Nov 13 Sep 2013 Dec 15, 2013 Dec 16, 2013
Dec 13 Oct 2013 Jan 15, 2014

Jan 16, 2014

2014 Tag Renewals
Jan 14 Nov 2013 Feb 15, 2014 Feb 16, 2014
Feb 14 Dec 2013 Mar 15, 2014 Mar 16, 2014
Mar 14 Jan 2014 Apr 15, 2014 Apr 16, 2014
Apr 14 Feb 2014 May 15, 2014 May 16, 2014
May 14 Mar 2014 Jun 15, 2014 Jun 16, 2014
Jun 14 Apr 2014 Jul 15, 2014 Jul 16, 2014
Jul 14 May 2014 Aug 15, 2014 Aug 16, 2014
Aug 14 Jun 2014 Sep 15, 2014 Sep 16, 2014



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