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Can a college student with an out-of-state license buy and register a car in N.C.?

Jim Ware


Here’s what the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has to say about that:

“While you must present a valid North Carolina Driver License or a North Carolina Identification Card to register a vehicle in North Carolina as stated in N.C. General Statute 20-52(a), there are exceptions*.

*Valid driver licenses from other states may be accepted in lieu of formal NC identifications for vehicle registrations if documentation of the following is presented:

  • Military active duty stationed in N.C.;
  • College enrollment in an N.C. school;
  • Vehicle garaged in N.C. for a minimum of 6 months each year;
  • Court-ordered sale of a vehicle;
  • Vehicle is co-owned;
  • Registration for a motor home; or
  • Documented medical condition”
  • “*PLEASE NOTE: Military personnel and their dependents will be required to show their home state as defined by G.S. 20-4.04 (45). [Driver license or special identification card and an active military or dependent identification card.]”

    “ALSO NOTE: If there are multiple owners to be recorded on a title and only one owner is delivering the paperwork, please bring the alternate owner’s valid ID/ Driver’s License or a copy thereof. ”

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    2 Responses to “ Can a college student with an out-of-state license buy and register a car in N.C.?”

    1. On November 19, 2015 at 11:06 am larry stoker wrote:

      Can a out of state student at NC State University buy and register a car in NC using a NC Post Office address
      with out of state driver’s license?

    2. On January 14, 2016 at 10:22 am Si Cantwell wrote:

      According to the information from the NC DMV, yes. With an out-of-state license, you need to fulfill one of the additional requirements, one of which is college enrollment in a North Carolina school. If you’re encountering problems, you should talk to the DMV about your specific situation. The link in the post can lead you to office locations and contact information.

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