Obviously there’s nothing to prevent a person with an out-of-state driver’s license from driving a car registered in North Carolina.
However, if that person with the out-of-state driver’s license has recently moved to North Carolina, the clock is ticking.
New residents have 60 days after establishing residence to get a North Carolina driver’s license or learner’s permit, according to the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles Driver’s Handbook. Of course there are exceptions, which are detailed in the handbook.
New residents must register motor vehicles at the expiration of the time granted by the reciprocity agreement between North Carolina and their prior states of residence — usually 30 days — “or when gainful employment is accepted, whichever occurs first,” according to the N.C. DMV website. Again, check the website for exceptions.
Here’s the catch: “As a new resident of North Carolina, you will not be able to register your vehicle here until you apply for and receive your new North Carolina driver license or North Carolina ID card,” according to the DMV site.
Date posted: January 18, 2011
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