- Location: North Carolina
Buying and Selling FAQs in North Carolina
I can't find a certification label with my imported vehicle. How do I know whether it complies with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standards?
Directly contact the vehicle's manufacturer. If you need assistance gathering contact information, call the NHTSA's Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance at (202) 366-5291.
Can I import a car that's over 25 years old?
Even if the vehicle does not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), you can still legally drive it. However, you must provide documentation that the vehicle is at least 25 years old. A registration form or an invoice documenting when the vehicle was first sold will suffice as proof. If you can't uncover proper documentation, the NHTSA will accept a statement from a certified vehicle historical society. When completing a Declaration (Form HS-7), be sure to check the first box.
Does the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have anything to do with the state's Motor Vehicle Property Tax?
No. Motor Vehicle Property Tax rates are determined by the county you reside in.
Will my Motor Vehicle Property Tax be prorated if move to a different county?
The tax is not prorated between state counties.
Are there any vehicles that are exempt from the state's Motor Vehicle Property Tax?
Yes, and they include:
- Manufactured homes.
- Vehicles in confidential status.
- Semi-trailers leased on a multi-year basis.
- Mobile classrooms and offices.
- Motor vehicles owned or leased by public service companies.
How long are North Carolina's temporary tags valid for?