North Carolina Vehicle Title Lookup

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How to Lookup an North Carolina Vehicle Title

Performing an North Carolina vehicle title lookup is relatively easy. You first need the full 17 digit vehicle identification number of your vehicle, or the VIN number as many call it. Then you will need to use a vehicle history report service, like The results will let you know if the vehicle has a clean title, the full breakdown of the vehicle specs, if there have been any recalls or known safety issues, some owner information and possible accidents. For example, if the vehicle has been in a major accident and totaled, according to an auto insurance company, the vehicle will most likely have a salvaged vehicle title. This can greatly diminish the value of the vehicle which is important to know if you are in the market to purchase a used vehicle in North Carolina.

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Buying a Used Car in North Carolina

The first thing you want to have before buying a used car in North Carolina is a used vehicle history report. This report will give you an objective picture of the vehicle, it’s history, and the true value of the vehicle. It can uncover major accidents, if the North Carolina vehicle title is clean, recalls and known safety issues. People typically run a NC vehicle history report before making a potentially risky purchase of a used car, truck or SUV. It’s a best practice procedure to make sure you wont be surprised by safety issues or expensive repairs down the road. To begin the vehicle history report process just locate the 17 digit VIN and use any number of online resources that offer this information. There will usually be a nominal fee for this service, where a simple VIN Decoder is free but it wont tell as much as a vehicle history report.

Transferring an Out of State Vehicle Title To North Carolina

  • Bring the out of state title certificate to an North Carolina DOT office
  • Bring your driver’s license and be prepared to fill out an North Carolina vehicle title transfer form
  • You will need to obtain a VIN inspection on a vehicle from another state
  • A lien release from your lien holder if you don’t have title showing lien discharge signed by your lienholder
  • Be prepared to pay the fees for the North Carolina vehicle title transfer

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  1. squarryadministrator says:

    Tabitha, you are correct since there are fewer than 17 digits in the VIN it will be difficult to lookup with most any online public record website. You may need to contact the North Carolina DOT directly for your inquiry since these are older vehicles.

  2. Tabitha Peace says:

    I’m trying to look up the title numbers for several older vehicles. I have the VINs but being old models they were made before VINs had 17 digits. How can get the title numbers for these vehicles??

  3. Roger Dale Ward says:

    I registered car , got tags paid all the fees, Had car inspected by DMV inspector Brown , have ask him several times about title, I need title so i can sell car, i never get a clear answer when im going to get it..Has bee 3 years waiting. Its a 1936 ford serial number 182832842

  4. squarryadministrator says:

    Steps to Get a New North Carolina Car Title

    1. Visit the North Carolina DMV website
    2. Download and fill out Form MVR-4
    3. Sign and pay the fee for a duplicate NC car title
    4. Provide proof of your identity
    5. Processing will take a few weeks

  5. Bill guzik says:

    I have a 1986 Pontiac fiero used for car shows and insured by Hagerty collector car insurance. I lost title from n.y. What are the steps to get a new title and registration for North Carolina.

  6. squarryadministrator says:

    Gary if you would like to run a North Carolina car title search we can certainly help you with that. Put your 17 digit VIN into our search field and see what information comes up. To obtain the full NC car history report, which includes the NC car title information, there is a small fee. If you need to change the information listed on your NC car title then you’ll want to contact your local North Carolina DOT office directly.

  7. Gary Hall says:

    I’ m trying to find out status of Title Bought from Spell Auto Sales Feb 5 2021 2006 chevy used 3Gcek14x16g267469

  8. Lorin Lafuente says:

    I bought my vehicle in north Carolina but I live in TN the person i bought it from said she mailed the title but i never received it and now she wont return any of my calls or text

  9. Trista J Corbett says:

    I have a vechile that was giving to me in a trade to pay off a debt owed to me. Problem is that the title is lost and also not in the person\’s name that has the vechile in their postion. I am trying to get a title for it because it is still a good running vechile. What do I do?

  10. Brian J McCarthy says:

    Can I use your site to find my title number. I am trying to register my car and the online server requires it and I do not have it.

  11. squarryadministrator says:

    Nguyet, you’ll want to reach out to your local NC DOT office directly about the status of your NC car title. You can call them directly @ 828-328-3783

  12. NGUYET DEAL says:

    I want to see if my title was mailed to me
    vin number is 2T3F1RFV8MC210749, 4T1G11AK5MU461206
    It is a gift to my grandchildren and they are here to visit me and to pick up the cars

  13. squarryadministrator says:

    Harvey, we’ve heard this a lot lately and there are certainly delays still from Covid. You can call the NC DMV directly to inquire about your car title issue. Their direct phone number is 919-715-7000

  14. squarryadministrator says:

    David, the NC DOT is where you want to order a duplicate title from. You can visit their DMV website @

  15. Hervey Wall says:

    I purchased my 2008 Ford Crown Vic back in December 2020 & I still haven’t received my paper title form this vehicle yet

  16. Ralph Repp says:

    1979 Chevrolet El Camino This was purchased in Florida and delivered to me in Waynesville, NC. Because the vehicle was not as represented, I returned it to the Dealer. I have not been issued a new title and the paperwork has been in your office for several months. I am requesting that the paperwork be returned to me so I can resolve my problem. Thank You
    Ralph Repp

  17. David Larry Gortney says:

    looking for my title 2004 Cadillac

  18. squarryadministrator says:

    Lakesha, to find out the status of your North Carolina car title you can contact the NC DMV directly @ 919-469-1444

  19. Lakesha Steele says:

    I paid for my title to a 1992 honda accord in November 2020 and i still haven\’t received my title in the mail. My address is 1450 Fairington Drive NW apt 204 Concord NC 28027. I just need myvtitle mailed to me sonce i paid for it. Thanks. My phone number is 704 449 7102

  20. squarryadministrator says:

    Jimmy, you will need to contact the NC DMV directly to inquire about the status of your NC car title status

  21. Jimmy Frame says:

    Haven\’t got title yet got the car on 6/8/20, vin/1n4aa5apxec480182. Were is my title?

  22. squarryadministrator says:

    Angela, it’s difficult to weigh in on that as we do not have a direct affiliation with the North Carolina motor vehicle departments. It’s best practice to follow up with the lender to make sure they change send you the title once the vehicle is paid off and this includes changing the title information into your name.

  23. Angela Rickstrew says:

    How long does a lender have to notify our state after vehicle has been paid off?

Last Updated: 2020-10-19

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