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DMV to increase license, registration fees this summer

License renewals and registration fees are increasing. (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — The state will be increasing fees when it comes to getting a new license or registering a vehicle.

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicle adjusts fees every four years based on the Consumer Price Index, per state law. Increases of roughly 19.18% will go into effect July 1; it will affect 90 license and registration-related fees.

Fees on licensing will increase roughly $1 a year or:

  • $5 on five-year license
  • $8 on an eight-year license
  • $4 on learner’s permit and provisional license
  • $2.75 on duplicate license

Fees also will escalate for commercial driver licenses, copies of driving records, and other license-related processes. Private passenger vehicle registrations will tip up from $38.75 to $46.25.

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

The complete list of fee changes can be found here.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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