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Registered Motor Vehicle Taxes

Currently, registered motor vehicles are listed automatically with the tax office when you register or renew your registration through the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. Motor vehicles are valued by year, make and model. Taxpayers receive a separate tax bill for each licensed motor vehicle about 3 months after it is registered. The bill will include county taxes and city taxes if applicable. Four of Orange County's towns charge a vehicle fee (see below) which is included in the registered motor vehicle tax bill.

NEW! Tag & Tax System!

The North Carolina General Assembly has passed a new law to create a combined motor vehicle registration renewal and property tax collection system. The new law transfers the responsibility for motor vehicle tax collection from the county to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
The recently revised schedule is for the new system to be phased into effect for vehicle registration renewals that are due in September 2013. By August 2014, all North Carolina vehicles will be enrolled in the system.

Click on a link below to view an informational brochure:

Tag & Tax System Brochure

Spanish Tag & Tax System Brochure

Value Appeals and Proporation

Information about vehicle appeals and proration of vehicle tax bills is printed on the back of the original tax notice. You may appeal the value within 30 days of the billing date. You may request a proration if the vehicle has been sold, wrecked, stolen, junked or registered out of state, provided that the license plate has been surrendered to DMV and a copy of the receipt is given to our office, along with proof that you no longer own the vehicle.

City Vehicle Fees

Vehicle fees are collected at the request of towns located in Orange County. Vehicle fees are collected on vehicles that are within the limits of the following towns:

  • Carrboro - $30
  • Chapel Hill - $30
  • Hillsborough - $10
  • Durham - $15