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License, registration fees on the rise

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RALEIGH — The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has implemented fee increases reflecting recent inflation in consumer prices.

As mandated by state law and effective as of July 1, 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 7.86% for about 90 license and registration-related fees.

Examples of the changes includes a 50-cent annual increase for a regular driver license. Currently, the fee is $5 for each year of the license, which is issued for five or eight years. So a five-year license will go up $2.50 and an eight-year license by $4. The issuance of a learner’s permit and a provisional license will increase by $1.50 overall, with a duplicate license increasing by $1.

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 increase from $36 to $38.75. Registration fees for commercial vehicles, motorcycles, for-hire vehicles, house trailers, low-speed vehicles and electric vehicles are among others that will also increase.