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Vehicle Taxes

A registered motor vehicle is simply a motor vehicle which has an active North Carolina license plate or registration. The term "motor vehicle" includes automobiles, trucks, campers, trailers, and motorcycles; conversely, boats, jet skiis, mobile homes and go-carts are not considered to be motor vehicles. 
 
A registered motor vehicle does not have to be listed with the Assessor as in the past. Since 1993, new legislation has created a separate class of property under North Carolina property tax statutes for registered motor vehicles. Registering a newly-owned motor vehicle or renewing a current registration with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles constitutes a listing for local property taxes. Approximately three (3) months after a registration takes place, an individual bill will be issued by the Tax Assessor's Office for each vehicle registered. 
 
Statements issued for each registered motor vehicle's property tax become due the first day of the fourth month after registration. Taxes are past due on the first day of the fifth month after registration. Accounts that are past due are assessed an interest charge per month of ¾% of the tax due. Tax bills delinquent by four (4) months will result in the enforcement of a "block" to the registration. If this occurs, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is required not to issue a renewal card for that particular vehicle. They will not allow the opportunity for a renewal of your registration without evidence of the payment of the tax due and hard copy evidence of an original paid tax receipt (MAV-2) to the local DMV license office. 
 
The date of registration is the listing date for each vehicle and begins a twelve month "tax year" for the vehicle. Because registered vehicle billing is based on the date of registration, you may not receive a bill on every registered vehicle you own at the same time. If after receiving your bill you have questions regarding the value, address, or you feel you were billed in the improper taxing district, call during regular office hours to speak to someone in the Listing Section. Exceptions to the value or taxing jurisdiction for a registered motor vehicle must be made within thirty days of the billing date. For requirements in filing a value exception or situs problem, please refer to the back of your statement. 
 
Taxes due on Registered Motor Vehicles are no longer included in real property statements. Therefore, your mortgage company will not receive a bill for your motor vehicles. You may want to contact your mortgage company if you are in doubt as to whether they will pay registered vehicle bills. 

Vehicle Tax Forms

Bill of Sale
Request for Situs Change
Appeal of Assessed Value
Request for Pro-Rated Release or Refund of Taxes
Two License Tags Purchased for the Same Vehicle


New North Carolina Tax & Tag Together Program!

Tag Tax System (Information Brochure)

Beginning in September 2013, your annual vehicle inspection, registration renewal and vehicle property tax will be due the same month.

Only one payment – made either in person, online or by mail – is required to pay both the annual tag and tax for your vehicle.

Watch this short video to learn about paying your vehicle's taxes and registration fee together.


For more information visit the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles

For further information regarding the Listing of Registered Motor Vehicles, please contact:  
Nash County Assessor's Office - Vehicles Department
120 West Washington Street - Suite 2058
Nashville, North Carolina 27856
Phone: 252-459-1219
Fax: 252- 459-1372
Email Listing Department