Vehicle Registration
Motor vehicles (cars, trucks, trailers, motorcycles, campers, and similar property) that are registered and tagged are listed with the county automatically after you renew your registration or register a new vehicle. You must still list any unregistered (untagged) vehicles with the tax office annually in January. These unregistered vehicles will be billed with other personal property in August.

Address Confirmation
When you receive your vehicle registration renewal card from DMV, please make sure your address and county are correct. If the address and county are wrong, DMV must be notified. Otherwise, you will be billed for taxes incorrectly.

Delinquent Taxes
 Registered motor vehicles are billed 3 to 4 months after purchasing the annual license tag or sticker through August 2013 renewals. These bills are delinquent after 30 days and subject to 5% interest the first month and ¾ % interest per month thereafter, and the license tag can not be renewed until the taxes are paid. Collection action may be initiated immediately upon delinquency. Beginning September 2013, registered motor vehicles will be taxed under the "Tax and Tag Together" program.  With this streamlined method, annual registration fees and vehicle property taxes will be paid to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  In turn, the DMV will distribute the taxes to the county.  Please refer to the Stanly County public website ( for more information regarding Motor Vehicle Taxation.  

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Taxing District
The taxing district is determined by the residence location of the vehicle’s owner on the date that the registration was applied for or renewed.

Vehicle Value and Appeal
The value established for your vehicle is based on 100% of fair market value of the vehicle as of January 1st of the year in which the bill becomes due. Stanly County uses a pricing service to arrive at these values. If you feel that the value we have established is incorrect, due to condition and/or mileage, you may appeal the value within 30 days of the bill date. Please note that an owner who appeals the appraised value of a motor vehicle shall pay the tax on the vehicle when due, subject to a full or partial refund if the appeal is decided in the owner’s favor. You may submit a statement of mileage, provide photos of vehicle, and/or provide evidence of a salvage title from DMV if applicable.

Vehicle Sold or Moved Out of State

If you no longer own the vehicle, payment in full is still required if the license plate is transferred to another vehicle. If the license plate is surrendered to the DMV and you have proof of an ownership transfer, a release or refund of taxes may be requested for any full calendar months remaining on the license plate at the time of surrender. Note: This request must be made to the Tax Administrator’s Office within one year of the tag surrender.
If you move from North Carolina to another state, return the NC license plate to DMV. Send a copy of the registration for the state in which you currently reside to the Motor Vehicle Department of the Stanly County Tax Administrator’s Office. A proration or refund of the tax can be issued for any full calendar months remaining on a North Carolina license plate based upon the date of surrender. The Tax Administrator’s Office must be notified within one year of the surrender of the license plate.

Tag Transfer
If you transfer the tag from the billed vehicle to another vehicle after the tag was renewed, the original bill remains in effect for the full twelve (12) month billing cycle and must be paid in full. The newly acquired vehicle will not be billed for property tax until three (3) months after the next tag renewal.

If you no longer own the vehicle listed on the bill, but you have transferred the license plate to another vehicle, the tax bill should be paid in full as is. You will not be billed on the vehicle that you transferred the plates to until you renew the tag next year.

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Proration of Bill
Proration for any reason requires the Receipt of Tag Surrender (form FS-20 from NCDMV) and proof that the vehicle is no longer in your possession or that you have registered the vehicle out of state. Pro-rations are figured according to the month in which the license plate is surrendered to the NCDMV. There must be at least one full month remaining in the vehicle tax year upon date of surrender. We must receive request for pro-ration and necessary documentation within 12 months of the date license plate is surrendered to NCDMV.

Name Changes
The Tax Administration Office is required by law to list the owner’s name exactly as it is listed with NCDMV. Any name changes must be done with NCDMV.



1. NOTIFY DMV of any address changes
2. REGISTER your vehicle on time

Motor Vehicle Taxation – Tag and Tax Together

The North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 1779, creating what we call the Tag and Tax Together program – a more streamlined method for vehicle owners to pay their registration and vehicle taxes. Beginning in 2013, annual registration fees and vehicle property taxes will be paid to the Division of Motor Vehicles. In turn, the DMV will distribute the taxes to the appropriate counties.

What changes with the passage of this legislation?

Prior to this change, vehicle registration fees and vehicle property taxes have been billed and paid separately. Each county has been responsible for managing vehicle tax collections, while DMV collects registration fees.

In mid-2013, DMV will begin sending out registration renewal notices that invoice the vehicle tax due along with the registration fee. The fees are listed separately, but will be due at the same time. The total amount due on the combined statement will be payable to NCDMV. As before, you can pay online, through the mail or in person at a license plate agency near you.

When does the new Tag and Tax system take effect?

The new system will be phased in with the vehicle registration renewals that are due September 2013. By mid-2014, all North Carolina vehicles will be incorporated into the system.

What will be different about my annual renewal notice?

The new renewal notice combines the information about your vehicle registration renewal fee and the vehicle property tax due. The new notice includes separate contact information for registration questions and for tax questions. The new Tag and Tax Together program allows you to make one convenient payment to NCDMV for both registration renewal and vehicle property tax. NCDMV will forward the property tax portion of your payment directly to your county revenue department.

Will anyone have to pay vehicle property taxes more than once in a tax year?

No owner will have to pay taxes twice in the same tax year for the same vehicle. It is important to look at the vehicle property tax year rather than the calendar year. By law, the tax year for your vehicle begins on the first day of the first month following the date your previous registration expires or the new registration is applied for. While it is possible to pay twice in a calendar year, no vehicle owner will pay twice in the same tax year or for the same 12-month period.

Example: A vehicle with an August renewal date (sticker) was renewed in August 2012, taxes due and paid December 1, 2012. The taxes are for the period of September 2012 to the end of August 2013. Now, when the owner renews tags in August 2013 and pays taxes at that time, the taxes are for the same period, September 2013 to the end of August 2014.

With this program, the due date for the taxes has been moved to the first month of the “tax and vehicle registration year” from the fourth month of the same period. Tags and taxes have always been and continue to be paid for the same upcoming 12-month period.

When is my vehicle tax due?

Your vehicle tax will be due at the same time your vehicle registration is due. The due date will be printed on the new renewal notice that you receive in the mail.

How should I pay both fees?

You no longer have to pay the fees separately. You will pay both fees through the NCDMV:

Go the Vehicle Registration Renewal page and pay with your credit or check card

By mail
Send a check or money order to the address listed on your renewal notice*

In person
Go to a license plate agency near you,
Or to one of the State Registration Offices:

Raleigh DMV Headquarters
1100 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27697

 Charlotte State Office
6016 Brookshire Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28216


*If your mailing address has changed since your last registration renewal, the tax amount may need to be recalculated. If this is the case, do not mail your payment in. Contact your county tax office to see if your tax amount needs to be recalculated.

Will my vehicle registration renewal fee remain the same?

Yes. Your vehicle’s annual registration renewal fees will remain the same. The increase in your bill is from the addition of the vehicle property tax.

Do I still need to have my car inspected before I can renew my registration?

Yes. Your vehicle must pass an annual safety and/or emissions inspection before the registration is renewed. As in previous years, you may have your vehicle inspected as early as 90 days before your registration renewal is due.

How will I know how much property tax I owe?

Information about your property tax will be included on the combined notice, along with your county and municipality tax rates and other applicable taxes due.

Can I renew my vehicle registration without paying my property tax?

No. You cannot renew your motor vehicle’s registration unless the total taxes and registration fees on the vehicle are paid at the same time.

Are the vehicle property taxes for the coming year or the preceding year?

Taxes due on the combined notice are for the coming year, covering the same period as the vehicle registration.

Will I receive a notice if I have moved since my previous vehicle registration renewal?

If you reported your new address to NCDMV, you should receive your tag and tax notice at your new address. If you did not notify NCDMV of your new address, you may not receive the renewal notice.

If you have moved since your last renewal, your vehicle property tax may need to be recalculated. DO NOT SEND YOUR RENEWAL AND PAYMENT BY MAIL. YOU WILL NEED TO VISIT YOUR LOCAL LICENSE PLATE AGENCY TO RECEIVE A CORRECTED TAG AND TAX FEE. You can change your address by visiting your local license plate agency or by requesting the change online.

Will I owe vehicle property taxes on a newly purchased vehicle?

Yes. You may pay vehicle property taxes at the time you register your vehicle. However, if you choose not to pay these taxes at the time you register your newly purchased vehicle, you will receive a Limited Registration and Property Tax Notice stating the amount of the vehicle property taxes due. You will receive a limited registration sticker that will expire after 60 days if the vehicle’s property taxes are not paid in full.

What will happen if I don’t pay the registration and vehicle tax by the due date?

Interest will be charged on late vehicle property tax payments and on late registration renewals. Your vehicle will also be subject to citation if it is driven after the tags expire.

Can I pay my vehicle property tax at my county tax office?

Once your vehicle becomes part of the Tag and Tax Together program and you have received the combined notice, you will no longer be able to pay your vehicle tax at your county tax office.

Who should I contact if I have questions about my vehicle property tax?

If you have Value and Situs questions concerning registered motor vehicle taxation in Stanly County, please contact the Motor Vehicle Department of the Tax Administrator’s Office at 704-986-3746.  Contact information for your county's tax office is also on your Tax and Tag renewal notice.

Who should I contact if I have questions about my vehicle registration?

If you have DMV-related questions about your vehicle registration under the Tag & Tax Together program, please call (919) 814-1779.

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