I just moved to North Carolina.  How do I get my NC license and my vehicle registered?

by Lisa on September 20, 2012

In North Carolina, new residents must first obtain a NC driver’s license BEFORE registering their vehicle.   New residents have up to 60 days after establishing residency to obtain a NC license or learner permit.  

If you hold a commercial driver license from another jurisdiction and wish to maintain a commercial license, you must apply for and receive a North Carolina commercial license within 30 days after becoming a resident.

New residents in NC applying for a Class C (general driver’s license) must take a knowledge test, vision test, and a traffic signs recognition test. The driving skills test is generally waived, however, if an examiner deems it necessary it will be required.

If you’re moving to North Carolina from another state, you will be allowed to register your vehicle without an initial inspection. When your next annual registration renewal is due, you must have the vehicle inspected up to 90 days prior to the plate expiration date.

To get your NC license and vehicle registered, you must visit your local NC DMV. Appointments may be available, so contact the location before going to save time.

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