North Carolina Vehicle Titles

 

Seller’s Responsibilities in North Carolina

1. Sign the Title: On the back of the North Carolina title, sign your name in the “Seller’s Signature” section. Ensure it matches the name on the front of the title.
2. Fill in Buyer Information: Write the buyer’s name and address in the designated section on the title. This information must be accurate to avoid processing delays.
3. Odometer Disclosure: Complete the odometer reading section if the vehicle is less than 10 years old. This is required by North Carolina law.
4. Bill of Sale: Create a detailed bill of sale including the vehicle’s make, model, year, VIN, sale price, date of sale, and both the buyer’s and seller’s names and signatures. This document is important for legal and tax records.
5. Notice of Sale: It is advisable to complete and submit a Notice of Sale (Form MVR-4) to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) to protect yourself from liability after the sale.

 

Buyer’s Responsibilities in North Carolina

1. Verify Title Information: Ensure that all information on the North Carolina title is correct and that the seller has signed it properly. Verify the VIN and names.
2. Odometer Disclosure: Confirm the odometer reading if the vehicle is less than 10 years old. This step is necessary for accurate vehicle history records.
3. Complete the Application for Certificate of Title: Fill out the North Carolina Title Application (Form MVR-1).
4. Insurance: Obtain valid auto insurance for the vehicle in North Carolina. State law requires proof of insurance before registration.
5. Pay Fees: Pay the North Carolina title transfer fee, sales tax, and any other applicable fees. Refer to the current fee schedule on the NCDMV website.

 

Transfer Process at the North Carolina NCDMV

1. Visit the NCDMV Office: Both the buyer and seller should visit a North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) office to complete the title transfer. Locate your nearest office on the NCDMV website.
2. Submit Documents: The buyer submits the signed title, bill of sale, Form MVR-1, proof of insurance, and lien release (if applicable). Ensure all forms are accurately filled out.
3. Pay Fees: The buyer pays the North Carolina title transfer fee, sales tax, and registration fees. Payment methods typically include cash, check, and credit cards.
4. Receive New Title: The NCDMV will issue a new title in the buyer’s name. Processing times may vary, so check the NCDMV website for current estimates.

 

Important Notes for North Carolina Residents

– Ensure all signatures are legible and match the names on the title. Inconsistent signatures can cause delays.
– Double-check that all sections of the title are filled out correctly. Mistakes can require you to restart the process.
– Make sure to remove your license plates before handing over the vehicle to the buyer. North Carolina law requires you to retain your plates.

 

How to Get a North Carolina Duplicate Title

1. Complete the Application: Fill out the “Application for Duplicate Title” (Form MVR-4) from the North Carolina NCDMV. Indicate that you need a duplicate title.
2. Provide Proof of Identity: Include a copy of your driver’s license or other valid identification. This verifies your identity.
3. Pay the Fee: Submit the duplicate title fee along with your application. Check the current fee on the NCDMV website.
4. Submit the Application: Mail or bring your application and payment to your local NCDMV office. Processing times can vary.

 

How to Get a Lien Release Letter in North Carolina

1. Contact the Lender: Reach out to the lender who holds the lien on your vehicle. Use the contact information from your loan documents.
2. Request a Lien Release: Ask for a lien release letter stating that the loan is paid off. Most lenders have a standard process for this.
3. Provide Necessary Information: Be ready to provide your loan account number, vehicle details, and personal identification. This speeds up the process.
4. Receive the Letter: The lender will send you a lien release letter once they verify that the loan is paid off. Keep this document safe.
5. Submit to NCDMV: Submit the lien release letter to the NCDMV to clear the lien from your vehicle title. This can be done in person or by mail.

 

Contact Information for North Carolina NCDMV

For more details, visit the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles website or contact them at:
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles
Phone: (919) 715-7000
Address: 3101 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699

 

North Carolina Motor Vehicle Locations

Ahoskie
1473 US 13 South, Ahoskie, NC 27910
(252) 332-1933

Albemarle
720 NC 24-27 Bypass East, Albemarle, NC 28001
(704) 982-3872

Andrews
1355 Main Street, Andrews, NC 28901
(828) 321-2414

Asheboro
2754 U.S. Highway 220 Business South, Asheboro, NC 27205
(336) 629-1965

Asheville
1624 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 251-6065

Boone
331 Queen Street, Boone, NC 28607
(828) 265-5385

Brevard
50 Commerce Street, Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 884-2858

Burgaw
113 N. Wright Street, Burgaw, NC 28425
(910) 259-2112

Burlington
207 S. Worth Street, Burlington, NC 27215
(336) 228-7138

Burnsville
18 Mica Avenue, Burnsville, NC 28714
(828) 682-2533

Carthage
509 Saunders Street, Carthage, NC 28327
(910) 947-3187

Chapel Hill
1704-B E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 929-4161

Charlotte
6016 Brookshire Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28216
(704) 392-3266

Clinton
322 Northeast Boulevard, Clinton, NC 28328
(910) 592-2101

Concord
219 Winecoff School Road, Concord, NC 28027
(704) 786-4166

Dallas
312 West Trade Street, Dallas, NC 28034
(704) 922-5413

Davidson County
103 West Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292
(336) 248-2717

Dunn
600 S. Magnolia Avenue, Dunn, NC 28334
(910) 892-8766

Durham
3825 S. Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27713
(919) 560-3378

Eden
101 East Meadow Road, Eden, NC 27288
(336) 623-5551

Elizabeth City
3883 John D. Barry Drive, Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 331-4775

Forest City
596 Adriel Drive, Forest City, NC 28043
(828) 288-4300

Franklin
1024 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-3529

Gastonia
605 N. Broad Street, Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 853-5371

Goldsboro
2306 U.S. Highway 70 West, Goldsboro, NC 27530
(919) 731-7963

Graham
235-A E. Harden Street, Graham, NC 27253
(336) 570-6811

Greensboro
2527 E. Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
(336) 334-5438

Greenville
2100 Charles Boulevard, Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 830-3456

Hamlet
817-B W. Hamlet Avenue, Hamlet, NC 28345
(910) 582-7032

Harrisburg
6689 Morehead Road, Harrisburg, NC 28075
(704) 454-7853

Henderson
946 West Andrews Avenue, Henderson, NC 27536
(252) 438-6020

Hickory
1255 U.S. Highway 70 SW, Hickory, NC 28602
(828) 323-7532

High Point
1689 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262
(336) 889-5700

Hillsborough
101 E. Orange Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278
(919) 732-2427

Hudson
309 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC 28638
(828) 728-2710

Huntersville
12101 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 875-3366

Jackson
2016-A North Wilmington Street, Richlands, NC 28574
(910) 324-7344

Jacksonville
299 Wilmington Highway, Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 347-3610

Jefferson
6679 U.S. Highway 221 South, Jefferson, NC 28640
(336) 246-5001

Kenansville
305 S. Main Street, Kenansville, NC 28349
(910) 296-2087

Kinston
2214 W. Vernon Avenue, Kinston, NC 28504
(252) 527-4336

Lenoir
1408 Hickory Boulevard SW, Lenoir, NC 28645
(828) 754-5287

Lincolnton
1403 East Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092
(704) 735-7433

Louisburg
104 Nash Street West, Louisburg, NC 27549
(919) 496-2239

Lumberton
2750 N. Roberts Avenue, Lumberton, NC 28358
(910) 618-5599

Madison
1086 New Market Road, Madison, NC 27025
(336) 427-7850

Marion
2214 NC Highway 226 South, Marion, NC 28752
(828) 652-3357

Mocksville
278 Hospital Street, Mocksville, NC 27028
(336) 751-5701

Monroe
3122 U.S. Highway 74 West, Monroe, NC 28110
(704) 283-4264

Morganton
600 E. Fleming Drive, Morganton, NC 28655
(828) 438-6211

Mount Airy
231 N. South Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030
(336) 789-5076

Murphy
57 Junior Drive, Murphy, NC 28906
(828) 837-7455

Nashville
517 S. Barnes Street, Nashville, NC 27856
(252) 459-7153

New Bern
2106 Neuse Boulevard, New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 514-4734

Newton
112-A North College Avenue, Newton, NC 28658
(828) 466-5518

North Wilkesboro
207 W. Main Street, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
(336) 667-7200

Oxford
103 Providence Road, Oxford, NC 27565
(919) 693-6128

Plymouth
217 East Water Street, Plymouth, NC 27962
(252) 793-2668

Raeford DMV License Plate Agency
113 E. Elwood Avenue, Raeford, NC 28376
(910) 875-3122

Raleigh
2431 Spring Forest Road, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27615
(919) 715-7000

Raleigh DMV License Plate Agency
1100 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27697
(919) 715-7000

Raleigh DMV License Plate Agency
3825 Barrett Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 790-3939

Raleigh DMV License Plate Agency
3231 Avent Ferry Road, Suite 103, Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 816-9128

Raleigh DMV License Plate Agency
5106 Western Boulevard, Suite C, Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 859-5991

Raleigh DMV License Plate Agency
7401 Creedmoor Road, Suite 104, Raleigh, NC 27613
(919) 676-2423

Red Springs
122 Cross Creek Connector, Red Springs, NC 28377
(910) 843-9020

Reidsville
1731 Freeway Drive, Reidsville, NC 27320
(336) 634-5605

Roanoke Rapids
1100 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
(252) 537-3061

Rocky Mount
305 S. Church Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
(252) 442-5096

Rocky Mount DMV License Plate Agency
3825 Sunset Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
(252) 443-4064

Roxboro
335 S. Madison Boulevard, Roxboro, NC 27573
(336) 597-0575

Rutherfordton
125 Walter Street, Rutherfordton, NC 28139
(828) 287-3282

Salisbury
281 Faith Road, Salisbury, NC 28146
(704) 639-0742

Sanford
3318 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 776-1119

Shallotte
5300 Main Street, Suite 6, Shallotte, NC 28470
(910) 754-4591

Shelby
1334 E. Dixon Boulevard, Shelby, NC 28152
(704) 480-5392

Siler City DMV License Plate Agency
1103 N. 2nd Avenue, Siler City, NC 27344
(919) 742-2124

Smithfield
934 N. Brightleaf Boulevard, Smithfield, NC 27577
(919) 934-3187

Spruce Pine
13090 Hwy 226 South, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
(828) 765-5289

Statesville
201 E. Broad Street, Statesville, NC 28677
(704) 878-4237

Sylva
876 Skyland Drive, Suite 1, Sylva, NC 28779
(828) 586-5413

Tarboro
2330 N. Main Street, Tarboro, NC 27886
(252) 823-7133

Taylorsville
10 2nd Street SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681
(828) 632-3261

Thomasville
1033 Randolph Street, Suite 31, Thomasville, NC 27360
(336) 472-7963

Troy
301 N. Main Street, Troy, NC 27371
(910) 572-2023

Wadesboro
210 E. Caswell Street, Wadesboro, NC 28170
(704) 694-9449

Wake Forest
350 E. Holding Avenue, Wake Forest, NC 27587
(919) 554-4351

Wallace
513 E. Southerland Street, Wallace, NC 28466
(910) 285-3161

Warrenton
136 Ridgeway Street, Warrenton, NC 27589
(252) 257-3667

Washington
155-A Airport Road, Washington, NC 27889
(252) 946-5735

Waynesville
80 Waynesville Plaza, Waynesville, NC 28786
(828) 452-1577

Wilkesboro
1201 School Street, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
(336) 838-4725

Williamston
305 E. Main Street, Williamston, NC 27892
(252) 792-2422

Wilmington
2390 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 251-5747

Wilson
1810 W. Nash Street, Wilson, NC 27893
(252) 237-0247

Windsor
108 Dundee Street, Windsor, NC 27983
(252) 794-2253

Winston-Salem
2001 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
(336) 761-2258

Winton
209 N. King Street, Winton, NC 27986
(252) 358-8344

Yadkinville
936 Main Street, Suite A, Yadkinville, NC 27055
(336) 679-3729

Yanceyville
1104 Main Street, Yanceyville, NC 27379
(336) 694-4146

Zebulon
815 N. Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC 27597
(919) 269-2238

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