Motor Vehicles


Registered Motor Vehicles

Due to the Tax & Tag together program, which was implemented in September 2013, your vehicle registration renewal fees and vehicle property tax are due at the same time.  You should receive one bill in the mail approximately 60 days before your vehicle registration expires.  Payments for these notices cannot be made at the Tax Office. Both the registration fee and the property taxes are to be paid to the NCDMV using one of these three payment options:

  • Online: Click here to pay with your debit or credit card.
  • By Mail: Send a check or money order to the NCDMV address on your renewal notice.
  • In Person: Click here for a vehicle registration and license plate renewal office near you.

Contact the NCDMV:

Phone: 919-814-1779

NCDMV website

  • For questions regarding the registration fee shown on the notice
  • If you moved your vehicle out of Vance County and the correct taxing jurisdictions are not displayed
  • If the license plate on the notice was transferred to another car
  • If the vehicle on the notice is correct but now has a different license plate
  • To obtain a statement of property taxes paid at the time of registration

Contact the Vance County Tax Office:

Phone: 252-738-2040


  • To appeal the vehicle’s value
  • If the vehicle was registered in Vance County last year but has moved to a new taxing jurisdiction within Vance County that is not reflected on the notice
  • If you are active-duty military and your home of record is not North Carolina


You may disregard the NC Combined Tax & Tag notice if:

  • You no longer own the vehicle and surrendered the license plate to the NCDMV.
  • You do not intend to register the vehicle in North Carolina (Please be advised that if you own an unregistered vehicle on January 1, you must list it for taxation with the Vance County Tax Office each January). For more information on listing personal property click here.

Appealing Value

Licensed motor vehicles are valued at retail trade level for property tax purposes. A motor vehicle offered for sale by a dealer to the end consumer represents the best example of the retail level of trade. Classified motor vehicles are not valued at wholesale, blue book or private party asking price for property tax purposes. Sales transactions between private buyers and sellers and internet valuation lookup websites typically reflect these levels of trade.

Value adjustments may be necessary if the owner can document:

  • high mileage
  • significant body or frame damage
  • excessively worn interior
  • other damage that may significantly reduce the retail value.

Normal wear and tear will not be considered.

Licensed vehicle value appeals and all supporting documentation must be postmarked within 30 days of the due date printed on the notice.

Submit vehicle appeals and supporting documentation by email to: or mail to:

Vance County Tax Office

122 Young St., Ste. E

Henderson, NC 27536

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