North Carolina DMV hours, appointments, locations, phone numbers, holidays, and services. Find the North Carolina DMV office near me.
In North Carolina, the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is a state agency that oversees vehicle services, driver's licenses, state identification cards, traffic records, and forms. The DMV has several different office types, including Driver License and School Bus Offices, Plate and Vehicle Registration, License and Theft Bureau, Commercial Trucking (IRP), and Hearing Offices. Additionally, some areas of the state have Compact Mobile Offices and offices with extended hours to help accommodate the state's residents. The days and hours of operation may vary by location, so check with your local office before you visit.
Vehicle titles and registrations are processed at Plate and Vehicle Registration Offices. You must have a valid North Carolina driver's license or ID, proper documentation on the vehicle, and proof that you've paid property taxes associated with the vehicle. You will also need to bring your insurance information and complete the application forms for title and registration. Fees may vary by the weight of the vehicle and the county in which it is registered. Instant titles, which are issued the same day, are available for an additional fee at the Charlotte State Office and the Raleigh License Plate Agency.
To apply for a driver's license, learner's permit, or commercial driver license (CDL), you'll need to provide proof of age and identity, Social Security number, residency, and liability insurance on the vehicle you plan to drive. If you are applying for a learner's permit, you must pay the fees and pass the vision, traffic signs, and driving knowledge tests. To apply for a full license, you will need to pass these same tests plus a regulatory signs test and a road skills test. For teen drivers, North Carolina follows the graduated driver license (GDL) program, which has three levels. Drivers who are 15 years old can receive a limited learner permit, and at 16, after meeting certain requirements, you can receive a provisional driver permit. At age 18, drivers can get a full driver's license.