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Registered Motor Vehicle Taxes

NEW! Tag & Tax System!

Effective with September 2013 registration renewals, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) now collects the property tax on registered motor vehicles.

The new law transfered the responsibility for motor vehicle tax collection from the county to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV). The Tag & Tax Together program combines your North Carolina vehicle's registration fees and property taxes into one renewal notice that is sent to you by the NCDMV about 60 days before your vehicle registration expires. More information is available at North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.

You may appeal the value of your vehicle within 30 days of the due date with the Orange County Tax Office. In addition, you may request a proration if you no longer own a vehicle with the Orange County Tax Office.

Receipt for Taxes

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) now collects the property tax on registered motor vehicles.To determine and/or document the amount of property tax paid on your vehicle, three methods are available:

  1. Reference the right half of your perforated registration card mailed to you by NCDMV upon renewal.  It is a receipt of taxes and fees paid.
  2. Contact NCDMV at (919) 814-1779 and request a duplicate receipt be mailed to you.
  3. If renewing online, submit an email address during the registration renewal process and have a receipt emailed to you for record retention.

Click on a link below to view an informational brochure about the recent changes in how you pay property taxes on your registered motor vehicle:

Tag & Tax System Brochure

Spanish Tag & Tax System Brochure

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