NCDMV Fees to Increase July 1

ROCKY MOUNT – A number of N.C. Division of Motor Vehicle fees will increase, effective July 1.

As directed by state law, the DMV is required to adjust fees and rates every four years, based on the percentage change in the annual Consumer Price Index during the past four years. The increase will be 19.18 percent for about 90 license and registration-related fees.

Examples of the changes include a one dollar per year increase for a regular driver license. Currently, the fee is $5.50 for each year of the license, which is issued for five or eight years. So a five-year license will go up $5.00 and an eight-year license by $8. The issuance of a learner’s permit and a provisional license will increase by $4 overall, with a duplicate license increasing by $2.75.

Fees are also going up slightly for commercial driver licenses, copies of driving records, and several other license related processes.

For regular private passenger vehicle registrations, the annual fee will go from $38.75 to $46.25.

Registrations for commercial vehicles, motorcycles, for hire vehicles, house trailers, low-speed vehicles and electric vehicle fees are among others that will also increase. 

The complete list of fee changes can be found here.


  1. Isn’t a Fee another three letter word for Tax? So much for the GA’s pandering Tax cuts. Giveth in one hand and taketh away in the other. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck it must be a state congressman or senator.

    • I had the same problem weeks ago. Waited 45 minutes outside, got in to register but was sent to my car for 2 more hours, then received a text to come back in where I waited 30 more minutes. A lot of incompetents designing this system. On top of that, you can make an appointment without waiting weeks.

  2. Despite the way economic situation that we already face there’s no compassion or consideration of the elderly, and minority? The government is surely but slowly doing away with the middle class food is high enough gas is high enough and we still got to pay more money just to go get it …God bless you government officials

  3. NC has a surplus in the state budget, why is this increase necessary, especially now when everything else is going up, give the residents of NC a break….

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