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Lincoln County Government
115 W. Main St.
Lincolnton, NC 28092
Motor Vehicle Listing
Motor Vehicle Listing,
100 East Main St.
Lincolnton, NC 28092
P.O. Box 938
Lincolnton, NC  28093

Ph: (704) 736-8555
Fx: (704) 732-9028

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday

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 skis, mobile homes and go-carts are not considered to be motor vehicles.

A registered motor vehicle does not have to be listed with the Tax Listing Office as required 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 purchased 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 Office for each vehicle registered.

For information regarding payment of taxes or total taxes due, refer to Property Tax Collection or Tax Information System.


Tax Notices
Tax Notices issued for each registered motor vehicle’s property tax will 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. This gives the taxpayer only one month to pay these taxes before interest begins.

Notices that are not paid in full before the past due date will have 5% penalty added for the first month past due and an additional 3/4% for each month thereafter until paid in full.

North Carolina’s New Tag & Tax System - Starting September 2013
The North Carolina General Assembly passed a new law to create a combined motor vehicle registration renewal and property tax collection system (Tag & Tax System). In doing so, the new law transfers the responsibility for motor vehicle tax collection from the 100 counties across North Carolina to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Click for more information.

North Carolina’s new Tag & Tax System has been designed as a convenient way to pay annual vehicle tag renewals and vehicle property taxes.

Registration Blocks
Failure to pay registered motor vehicle notices by the third month after they become past due 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 renewal of your registration without evidence of payment of the tax due and evidence of an original paid tax receipt (MAV-2) to the DMV license office.

Vehicles that No Longer Qualify
If you own a vehicle that no longer qualifies as a registered vehicle then you are required to list this vehicle with the tax listing office annually. 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 tax notice on every registered vehicle that you own at the same time. It is very important that the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has your correct mailing address as the Tax Office will be mailing your notice to the address last given on your registration.

Additional Information
If after receiving your tax notice you have any questions regarding the value, address, or if you feel you have been billed in the incorrect taxing district, call (704) 736-8555 during the regular office hours (Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) to speak with someone in the Registered Motor Vehicle Office.

Exceptions to the value for registered motor vehicles must be made within 30 days of the billing date.

Taxes due on Register Motor Vehicles are no longer included in real property statements. Therefore, your mortgage company will not receive a bill for your vehicles.

Motor Vehicle Property Tax Exemption