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    North Carolina Special Vehicle Registration

    If you own a vehicle other than your standard car, motorcycle, or pickup truck, you should be aware of the rules and regulations that the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has in place. Other types of vehicles, such as trailers, motorhomes, and low-speed vehicles will need to be registered before you can legally take them out for a spin.

    This page gives you all the information you need to get on the road safely and legally with your special vehicle. You may also be interested in some of our other pages:

    All-Terrain Vehicles in NC

    In most cases, the NC DMV does not require all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to be registered and titled in the state. There are however, certain state laws that you must follow:

    • You must be at least 8 years old to operate an ATV.
      • Certain restrictions apply depending on your age.
    • You must be wearing a helmet and protective glasses.
    • You must have a ATV safety certificate, depending on your age.
    • You cannot operate your ATV on any public roads or highways (unless you're simply crossing the road).

    For more information about the state laws relating to operating your ATV in North Carolina, visit the ATV safety website.

    North Carolina Low-Speed Vehicles

    If you have a low-speed vehicle, such as a golf cart, you must have it registered before you can drive it on public streets and highways. You will first need to have it inspected for adequate:

    • Headlamps.
    • Stop lamps.
    • Turning signals.
    • Tail lamps.
    • Reflex reflectors.
    • Parking brakes.
    • Rearview mirrors.
    • Windshields (and wipers).
    • Speedometer.
    • Seat belts.
    • Vehicle identification number (VIN).

    Once it passes the inspection, visit your local NC DMV office with proof of your insurance. You'll also need to pay a registration fee. Contact the NC Division of Motor Vehicles for more information.

    Mobile Homes and Recreational Vehicles

    Motorhomes and recreational vehicles (RVs) need to be registered in North Carolina much like your standard automobile. You'll need to visit your local NC DMV office with:

    • Your certificate of title (for used cars) OR a manufacturer's certificate of origin (for new cars).
    • A completed Title Application (Form MVR-1).
    • Payment for the applicable fees:
      • $40 title transfer fee.
      • 3% highway use tax.
      • 2% tax (up to $300).

    For more information, see our Register Car in North Carolina page.

    NOTE: If you are recording your motorhome as real estate, you will need to submit an Affidavit for Removal of Manufactured Home from Vehicle Registration Files (Form MVR-46G) to the NC DMV.

    Trailer Registration in North Carolina

    You register a trailer just like you register a car, minus, of course, an odometer statement. You'll need to complete some forms and visit your NC DMV office along with a notarized title and proof of insurance for the vehicle that will be pulling the trailer. The exact cost will vary based on your county's tax rate.

    Visit our Register Car in North Carolina page for more information.

    Mopeds and Scooters

    If you have a moped or scooter that has an engine size of 50 cc or less, you DO NOT need to register it in North Carolina. Your moped must have a maximum speed of 30 MPH.

    You must adhere to the following laws related to operating a moped:

    • Be at least 16 years old to ride your moped on public roads or highways.
    • Be wearing a helmet at all times.

    NOTE: You do not need to have a NC driver's license to legally operate your moped.