North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 20 Motor Vehicles

Article 1 - Division of Motor Vehicles.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-1.   Division of Motor Vehicles established
    The Division of Motor Vehicles of the Department of Transportation is established. This Chapter sets out the powers and duties of the Division. (1941,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-2.   Commissioner of Motor Vehicles; rules
    (a) Commissioner and Assistants. - The Division of Motor Vehicles shall be administered by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, who shall be appointed by...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-3.   Organization of Division
    The Commissioner, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, shall organize and administer the Division in such manner as...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-3.1.   Purchase of additional airplanes
    The Division of Motor Vehicles shall not purchase additional airplanes without the express authorization of the General Assembly. (1963, c. 911, s. 1 1/2;...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.   Repealed by Session Laws 2002-190, s. 4, effective January 1, 2003
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.01.   Definitions
    Unless the context requires otherwise, the following definitions apply throughout this Chapter to the defined words and phrases and their cognates: (1a) Alcohol. -...

Article 1A - Reciprocity Agreements as to Registration and Licensing.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.1.   Declaration of policy
    It is the policy of this State to promote and encourage the fullest possible use of its highway system by authorizing the making and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.2.   Definitions
    As used in this Article: (1) "Commercial vehicle" means any vehicle which is operated in furtherance of any commercial enterprise. (2) "Commissioner" means the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.3.   Commissioner may make reciprocity agreements, arrangements or declarations
    The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall have the authority to execute or make agreements, arrangements or declarations to carry out the provisions of this...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.4.   Authority for reciprocity agreements; provisions; reciprocity standards
    (a) The Commissioner may enter into an agreement or arrangement for interstate or intrastate operations with the duly authorized representatives of another jurisdiction, granting...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.5.   Base-state registration reciprocity
    An agreement or arrangement entered into, or a declaration issued under the authority of this Article may contain provisions authorizing the registration or licensing...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.6.   Repealed by Session Laws 1997-122, s. 1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.7.   Extension of reciprocal privileges to lessees authorized
    An agreement or arrangement entered into, or a declaration issued under the authority of this Article, may contain provisions under which a leased vehicle...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.8.   Automatic reciprocity, when
    On and after July 1, 1961, if no agreement, arrangement or declaration is in effect with respect to another jurisdiction as authorized by this...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.9.   Suspension of reciprocity benefits
    Agreements, arrangements or declarations made under the authority of this Article may include provisions authorizing the Division to suspend or cancel the exemptions, benefits...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.10.   Agreements to be written, filed and available for distribution
    All agreements, arrangements or declarations or amendments thereto shall be in writing and shall be filed in the office of the Commissioner. Copies thereof...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.11.   Reciprocity agreements in effect at time of Article
    All reciprocity registration agreements, arrangements and declarations relating to vehicles in force and effect July 1, 1961, shall continue in force and effect until...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.12.   Article part of and supplemental to motor vehicle registration law
    This Article shall be, and construed as, a part of and supplemental to the motor vehicle registration law of this State. (1961, c. 642,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.13 through 20-4.17.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 1B - Reciprocal Provisions as to Arrest of Nonresidents.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.18.   Definitions
    Unless the context otherwise requires, the following words and phrases, for the purpose of this Article, shall have the following meanings: (1) Citation. -...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.19.   Issuance of citation to nonresident; officer to report noncompliance
    (a) Notwithstanding other provisions of this Chapter, a law-enforcement officer observing a violation of this Chapter or other traffic regulation by a nonresident shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.20.   Division to transmit report to reciprocating state; suspension of license for noncompliance with citation issued by reciprocating state
    (a) Upon receipt of a report of noncompliance, the Division shall transmit a certified copy of such report to the official in charge of...

Article 1C - Drivers License Compact.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.21.   Title of Article
    This Article is the Drivers License Compact and may be cited by that name. (1993, c. 533, s. 1.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.22.   Commissioner may make reciprocity agreements, arrangements, or declarations
    The Commissioner may execute or make agreements, arrangements, or declarations to implement this Article. (1993, c. 533, s. 1.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.23.   Legislative findings and policy
    (a) Findings. - The General Assembly and the states that are members of the Drivers License Compact find that: (1) The safety of their...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.24.   Reports of convictions; effect of reports
    (a) Reports. - A state that is a member of the Drivers License Compact shall report to another member state of the compact a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.25.   Review of license status in other states upon application for license in member state
    Upon application for a license to drive, the licensing authority of a state that is a member of the Drivers License Compact must determine...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.26.   Effect on other laws or agreements
    Except as expressly required by the provisions of this Article, this Article does not affect the right of a member state to the Drivers...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.27.   Effect on other State driver license laws
    To the extent that this Article conflicts with general driver licensing provisions in this Chapter, this Article prevails. Where this Article is silent, the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.28.   Administration and exchange of information
    The head of the licensing authority of each member state is the administrator of the Drivers License Compact for that state. The administrators, acting...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.29.   Withdrawal from Drivers License Compact
    A member state may withdraw from the Drivers License Compact. A withdrawal may not become effective until at least six months after the heads...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-4.30.   Construction and severability
    This Article shall be liberally construed to effectuate its purposes. The provisions of this Article are severable; if any part of this Article is...

Article 2 - Uniform Driver's License Act.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-5.   Title of Article
    This Article may be cited as the Uniform Driver's License Act. (1935, c. 52, s. 31.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-6.   Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 1330, s. 39
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-7.   (See notes) Issuance and renewal of drivers licenses
    (a) License Required. - To drive a motor vehicle on a highway, a person must be licensed by the Division under this Article or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-7.01.   Repealed by Session Laws 1979, c. 667, s. 43
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-7.1.   Notice of change of address or name
    (a) Address. - A person whose address changes from the address stated on a drivers license must notify the Division of the change within...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-7.2.   Repealed by Session Laws 1987, c. 581, s. 2
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-7.3.   Availability of organ, eye, and tissue donor cards at motor vehicle offices
    The Division shall make organ, eye, and tissue donor cards available to interested individuals in each office authorized to issue drivers licenses or special...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-7.4.   License to Give Trust Fund established
    (a) There is established the License to Give Trust Fund. Revenue in the Fund includes amounts credited by the Division as required by law,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-7.5.   License to Give Trust Fund Commission established
    (a) There is established the License to Give Trust Fund Commission. The Commission shall be located in the Department of Administration for budgetary and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-7.6.   Powers and duties of the License to Give Trust Fund Commission
    The License to Give Trust Fund Commission has the following powers and duties: (1) Establish general policies and guidelines for awarding grants-in-aid to nonprofit...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-8.   Persons exempt from license
    The following are exempt from license hereunder: (1) Any person while operating a motor vehicle the property of and in the service of the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-9.   What persons shall not be licensed
    (a) To obtain a regular drivers license, a person must have reached the minimum age set in the following table for the class of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-9.1.   Physicians and psychologists providing medical information on drivers with physical and mental disabilities
    (a) Notwithstanding G.S. 8-53 for physicians and G.S. 8-53.3 for psychologists, or any other law relating to confidentiality of communications between physicians or psychologists...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-9.2.   Selective service system registration requirements
    (a) Any male United States citizen or immigrant who is at least 18 years of age but less than 26 years of age shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-9.3.   Notification of requirements for sex offender registration
    The Division shall provide notice to each person who applies for the issuance of a drivers license, learner's permit, or instruction permit to operate...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-10.   Age limits for drivers of public passenger-carrying vehicles
    It shall be unlawful for any person, whether licensed under this Article or not, who is under the age of 18 years to drive...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-10.1.   Mopeds
    It shall be unlawful for any person who is under the age of 16 years to operate a moped as defined in G.S. 105-164.3...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-11.   Issuance of limited learner's permit and provisional drivers license to person who is less than 18 years old
    (a) Process. - Safe driving requires instruction in driving and experience. To ensure that a person who is less than 18 years old has...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-11.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1965, c. 410, s. 4
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-12.   Repealed by Session Laws 1997-16, s. 6
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-12.1.   Impaired supervision or instruction
    (a) It is unlawful for a person to serve as a supervising driver under G.S. 20-7(l) or G.S. 20-11 or as an approved instructor...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-13.   Suspension of license of provisional licensee
    (a) The Division may suspend, with or without a preliminary hearing, the operator's license of a provisional licensee upon receipt of notice of the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-13.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1979, c. 555, s. 2
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-13.2.   Grounds for revoking provisional license
    (a) The Division must revoke the license of a person convicted of violating the provisions of G.S. 20-138.3 upon receipt of a record of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-13.3.   Immediate civil license revocation for provisional licensees charged with certain offenses
    (a) Definitions. - As used in this section, the following words and phrases have the following meanings: (1) Clerk. - As defined in G.S....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-14.   Duplicate licenses
    A person may obtain a duplicate of a license issued by the Division by paying a fee of ten dollars ($10.00) and giving the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-15.   Authority of Division to cancel license or endorsement
    (a) The Division shall have authority to cancel any driver's license upon determining any of the following: (1) The licensee was not entitled to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-15.1.   Revocations when licensing privileges forfeited
    The Division shall revoke the license of a person whose licensing privileges have been forfeited under G.S. 15A-1331.1, 50-13.12, and 110-142.2. If a revocation...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-16.   Authority of Division to suspend license
    (a) The Division shall have authority to suspend the license of any operator with or without a preliminary hearing upon a showing by its...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-16.01.   Double penalties for offenses committed while operating a commercial motor vehicle
    Any person who commits an offense for which points may be assessed pursuant to the Schedule of Point Values for Violations While Operating a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-16.1.   Mandatory suspension of driver's license upon conviction of excessive speeding; limited driving permits for first offenders
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Article, the Division shall suspend for a period of 30 days the license of any driver without...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-16.2.   Implied consent to chemical analysis; mandatory revocation of license in event of refusal; right of driver to request analysis
    (a) Basis for Officer to Require Chemical Analysis; Notification of Rights. - Any person who drives a vehicle on a highway or public vehicular...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-16.3.   Alcohol screening tests required of certain drivers; approval of test devices and manner of use by Department of Health and Human Services; use of test results or refusal
    (a) When Alcohol Screening Test May Be Required; Not an Arrest. - A law-enforcement officer may require the driver of a vehicle to submit...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-16.3A.   Checking stations and roadblocks
    (a) A law-enforcement agency may conduct checking stations to determine compliance with the provisions of this Chapter. If the agency is conducting a checking...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-16.4.   Repealed by Session Laws 1989, c. 691, s. 4
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-16.5.   Immediate civil license revocation for certain persons charged with implied-consent offenses
    (a) Definitions. - As used in this section the following words and phrases have the following meanings: (1) Law Enforcement Officer. - As described...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-17.   Mandatory revocation of license by Division
    (a) The Division shall forthwith revoke the license of any driver upon receiving a record of the driver's conviction for any of the following...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-17.1.   Revocation of license of mental incompetents, alcoholics and habitual users of narcotic drugs
    (a) The Commissioner, upon receipt of notice that any person has been legally adjudicated incompetent or has been involuntarily committed to an institution for...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-17.2.   Repealed by Session Laws 2006-253, s. 25, effective December 1, 2006, and applicable to offenses committed on or after that date
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-17.3.   Revocation for underage purchasers of alcohol
    The Division shall revoke for one year the driver's license of any person who has been convicted of violating any of the following: (1)...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-17.4.   Disqualification to drive a commercial motor vehicle
    (a) One Year. - Any of the following disqualifies a person from driving a commercial motor vehicle for one year if committed by a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-17.5.   Effect of disqualification
    (a) When No Accompanying Revocation. - A person who is disqualified as the result of a conviction that requires disqualification but not revocation may...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-17.6.   Restoration of a license after a conviction of driving while impaired or driving while less than 21 years old after consuming alcohol or drugs
    (a) Scope. - This section applies to a person whose license was revoked as a result of a conviction of any of the following...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-17.7.   Commercial motor vehicle out-of-service fines authorized
    The Secretary of Public Safety may adopt rules implementing fines for violation of out-of-service criteria as defined in 49 C.F.R. 390.5. These fines may...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-17.8.   Restoration of a license after certain driving while impaired convictions; ignition interlock
    (a) Scope. - This section applies to a person whose license was revoked as a result of a conviction of driving while impaired, G.S....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-17.8A.   Tampering with ignition interlock systems
    Any person who tampers with, circumvents, or attempts to circumvent an ignition interlock device required to be installed on a motor vehicle pursuant to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-17.9.   Revocation of commercial drivers license with a P or S endorsement upon conviction of certain offenses
    The Division shall revoke the commercial drivers license with a P or S endorsement of any person convicted of any offense on or after...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-18.   Conviction of offenses described in 20-181 not ground for suspension or revocation
    Conviction of offenses described in G.S. 20-181 shall not be cause for the suspension or revocation of driver's license under the terms of this...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-19.   Period of suspension or revocation; conditions of restoration
    (a) When a license is suspended under subdivision (8) or (9) of G.S. 20-16(a), the period of suspension shall be in the discretion of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-20.   Repealed by Session Laws 1981, c. 938, s. 5
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-20.1.   Limited driving privilege for certain revocations
    (a) Definitions. - The following definitions apply in this section: (1) Limited driving privilege. - A judgment issued by a court authorizing a person...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-20.2.   Processing fee for limited driving privilege
    Upon the issuance of a limited driving privilege by a court under this Chapter, the applicant or petitioner must pay, in addition to any...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-21.   No operation under foreign license during suspension or revocation in this State
    Any resident or nonresident whose driver's license or right or privilege to operate a motor vehicle in this State has been suspended or revoked...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-22.   Suspending privileges of nonresidents and reporting convictions
    (a) The privilege of driving a motor vehicle on the highways of this State given to a nonresident hereunder shall be subject to suspension...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-23.   Revoking resident's license upon conviction in another state
    The Division may revoke the license of any resident of this State upon receiving notice of the person's conviction in another state of an...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-23.1.   Suspending or revoking operating privilege of person not holding license
    In any case where the Division would be authorized to suspend or revoke the license of a person but such person does not hold...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-23.2.   Suspension of license for conviction of offense involving impaired driving in federal court
    Upon receipt of notice of conviction in any court of the federal government of an offense involving impaired driving, the Division is authorized to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-24.   When court or child support enforcement agency to forward license to Division and report convictions, child support delinquencies, and prayers for judgment continued
    (a) License. - A court that convicts a person of an offense that requires revocation of the person's drivers license or revokes a person's...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-24.1.   Revocation for failure to appear or pay fine, penalty or costs for motor vehicle offenses
    (a) The Division must revoke the driver's license of a person upon receipt of notice from a court that the person was charged with...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-24.2.   Court to report failure to appear or pay fine, penalty or costs
    (a) The court must report to the Division the name of any person charged with a motor vehicle offense under this Chapter who: (1)...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-25.   Right of appeal to court
    Any person denied a license or whose license has been canceled, suspended or revoked by the Division, except where such cancellation is mandatory under...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-26.   Records; copies furnished; charge
    (a) The Division shall keep a record of all applications for a drivers license, all tests given an applicant for a drivers license, all...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-27.   Availability of records
    (a) All records of the Division pertaining to application and to drivers' licenses, except the confidential medical report referred to in G.S. 20-7, of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-27.1.   Unlawful for sex offender to drive commercial passenger vehicle or school bus without appropriate commercial license or while disqualified
    A person who drives a commercial passenger vehicle or a school bus and who does not have a valid commercial drivers license with a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-28.   Unlawful to drive while license revoked, after notification, or while disqualified
    (a) Driving While License Revoked. - Except as provided in subsection (a1) of this section, any person whose drivers license has been revoked who...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-28.1.   Conviction of moving offense committed while driving during period of suspension or revocation of license
    (a) Upon receipt of notice of conviction of any person of a motor vehicle moving offense, except a conviction punishable under G.S. 20-28(a1), such...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-28.2.   Forfeiture of motor vehicle for impaired driving after impaired driving license revocation; forfeiture for felony speeding to elude arrest
    (a) Meaning of "Impaired Driving License Revocation". - The revocation of a person's drivers license is an impaired driving license revocation if the revocation...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-28.3.   Seizure, impoundment, forfeiture of motor vehicles for offenses involving impaired driving while license revoked or without license and insurance, and for felony speeding to elude arrest
    (a) Motor Vehicles Subject to Seizure for Impaired Driving Offenses. - A motor vehicle that is driven by a person who is charged with...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-28.4.   Release of impounded motor vehicles by judge
    (a) Release Upon Conclusion of Trial. - If the driver of a motor vehicle seized pursuant to G.S. 20-28.3: (1) Is subsequently not convicted...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-28.5.   Forfeiture of impounded motor vehicle or funds
    (a) Sale. - A motor vehicle ordered forfeited and sold or a seized motor vehicle authorized to be sold pursuant to G.S. 20-28.3(i), shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-28.6.   Repealed by Session Laws 1998-182, s. 6 effective December 1, 1998, and applicable to offenses committed, contracts entered, and motor vehicles seized on or after that date
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-28.7.   Responsibility of Division of Motor Vehicles
    The Division shall establish procedures by rule to provide for the orderly seizure, forfeiture, sale, and transfer of motor vehicles pursuant to the provisions...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-28.8.   Reports to the Division
    In any case in which a vehicle has been seized pursuant to G.S. 20-28.3, in addition to any other information that must be reported...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-28.9.   Authority for the Department of Public Instruction to administer a statewide or regional towing, storage, and sales program for driving while impaired vehicles forfeited
    (a) The Department of Public Instruction is authorized to enter into a contract for a statewide service or contracts for regional services to tow,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-29.   Surrender of license
    Any person operating or in charge of a motor vehicle, when requested by an officer in uniform, or, in the event of accident in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-29.1.   Commissioner may require reexamination; issuance of limited or restricted licenses
    The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, having good and sufficient cause to believe that a licensed operator is incompetent or otherwise not qualified to be...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-30.   Violations of license, learner's permit, or special identification card provisions
    It shall be unlawful for any person to commit any of the following acts: (1) To display or cause to be displayed or to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-31.   Making false affidavits perjury
    Any person who shall make any false affidavit, or shall knowingly swear or affirm falsely, to any matter or thing required by the terms...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-32.   Unlawful to permit unlicensed minor to drive motor vehicle
    It shall be unlawful for any person to cause or knowingly permit any minor under the age of 18 years to drive a motor...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-33.   Repealed by Session Laws 1979, c. 667, s. 28
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-34.   Unlawful to permit violations of this Article
    No person shall authorize or knowingly permit a motor vehicle owned by him or under his control to be driven by any person who...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-34.1.   Violations for wrongful issuance of a drivers license or a special identification card
    (a) An employee of the Division or of an agent of the Division who does any of the following commits a Class I felony:...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-35.   Penalties for violating Article; defense to driving without a license
    (a) Penalty. - Except as otherwise provided in subsection (a1) or (a2) of this section, a violation of this Article is a Class 2...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-36.   Ten-year-old convictions not considered
    Except for offenses occurring in a commercial motor vehicle, offenses by the holder of a commercial drivers license involving a noncommercial motor vehicle, or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.   Limitations on issuance of licenses
    There shall be no driver's license issued within this State other than that provided for in this Article, nor shall there be any other...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.01.   Drivers License Technology Fund
    The Drivers License Technology Fund is established in the Department of Transportation as a nonreverting, interest-bearing special revenue account. The revenue in the Fund...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.02.   Verification of drivers license information
    (a) The Commissioner shall establish and operate an electronic system that can be used to verify drivers licenses and identification cards issued by the...

Article 2A - Afflicted, Disabled or Handicapped Persons.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1989, c. 157, s. 1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.2 through 20-37.4.   Repealed by Session Laws 1991, c. 411, s. 5
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.5.   Definitions
    Unless the context requires otherwise, the following definitions apply throughout this Article to the defined words and phrases and their cognates: (1) "Distinguishing license...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.6.   Parking privileges for handicapped drivers and passengers
    (a) General Parking. - Any vehicle that is driven by or is transporting a person who is handicapped and that displays a distinguishing license...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.6A.   Parking privileges for out-of-state handicapped drivers and passengers
    Any vehicle displaying an out-of-State handicapped license plate, placard, or other evidence of handicap issued by the appropriate authority of the appropriate jurisdiction may...

Article 2B - Special Identification Cards for Nonoperators.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.7.   Special identification card
    (a) Eligibility. - A person who is a resident of this State is eligible for a special identification card. (b) Application. - To obtain...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.8.   Fraudulent use prohibited
    (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to use a false or fictitious name or give a false or fictitious address in any...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.9.   Notice of change of address or name
    (a) Address. - A person whose address changes from the address stated on a special identification card must notify the Division of the change...

Article 2C - Commercial Driver License.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.10.   Title of Article
    This Article may be cited as the Commercial Driver License Act. (1989, c. 771, s. 2.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.11.   Purpose
    The purpose of this Article is to implement the federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, 49 U.S.C. Chapter 36, and reduce or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.12.   Commercial drivers license required
    (a) On or after April 1, 1992, no person shall operate a commercial motor vehicle on the highways of this State unless he has...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.13.   Commercial drivers license qualification standards
    (a) No person shall be issued a commercial drivers license unless the person: (1) Is a resident of this State; (2) Is 21 years...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.14.   Nonresident commercial driver license
    The Division may issue a nonresident commercial driver license (NRCDL) to a resident of a foreign jurisdiction if the United States Secretary of Transportation...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.14A.   Prohibit issuance or renewal of certain categories of commercial drivers licenses to sex offenders
    (a) Effective December 1, 2009, the Division shall not issue or renew a commercial drivers license with a P or S endorsement to any...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.15.   Application for commercial drivers license
    (a) An application for a commercial drivers license must include the information required by G.S. 20-7 for a regular drivers license and a consent...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.16.   Content of license; classifications and endorsements; fees
    (a) A commercial drivers license must be marked "Commercial Drivers License" or "CDL" and must contain the information required by G.S. 20-7 for a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.17.   Record check and notification of license issuance
    Before issuing a commercial driver license, the Division shall obtain driving record information from the Commercial Driver License Information System (CDLIS), the National Driver...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.18.   Notification required by driver
    (a) Any driver holding a commercial driver license issued by this State who is convicted of violating any State law or local ordinance relating...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.19.   Employer responsibilities
    (a) Each employer shall require the applicant to provide the information specified in G.S. 20-37.18(c). (b) No employer shall knowingly allow, permit, or authorize...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.20.   Notification of traffic convictions
    (a) Out-of-state Resident. - Within 10 days after receiving a report of the conviction of any nonresident holder of a commercial driver license for...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.20A.   Driving record notation for testing positive in a drug or alcohol test
    Upon receipt of notice pursuant to G.S. 20-37.19(c) of positive result in an alcohol or drug test of a person holding a commercial drivers...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.20B.   Appeal of disqualification for testing positive in a drug or alcohol test
    Following receipt of notice pursuant to G.S. 20-37.19(c) of a positive test in an alcohol or drug test, the Division shall notify the driver...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.21.   Penalties
    (a) Any person who drives a commercial motor vehicle in violation of G.S. 20-37.12 shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor and, upon...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.22.   Rule making authority
    The Division may adopt any rules necessary to carry out the provisions of this Article. (1989, c. 771, s. 2.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-37.23.   Authority to enter agreements
    The Commissioner shall have the authority to execute or make agreements, arrangements, or declarations to carry out the provisions of this Article. (1989, c....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-38.   Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 1330, s. 39

Article 2D - Implied-Consent Offense Procedures.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-38.1.   Applicability
    The procedures set forth in this Article shall be followed for the investigation and processing of an implied-consent offense as defined in G.S. 20-16.2....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-38.2.   Investigation
    A law enforcement officer who is investigating an implied-consent offense or a vehicle crash that occurred in the officer's territorial jurisdiction is authorized to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-38.3.   Police processing duties
    Upon the arrest of a person, with or without a warrant, but not necessarily in the order listed, a law enforcement officer: (1) Shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-38.4.   Initial appearance
    (a) Appearance Before a Magistrate. - Except as modified in this Article, a magistrate shall follow the procedures set forth in Article 24 of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-38.5.   Facilities
    (a) The Chief District Court Judge, the Department of Health and Human Services, the district attorney, and the sheriff shall: (1) Establish a written...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-38.6.   Motions and district court procedure
    (a) The defendant may move to suppress evidence or dismiss charges only prior to trial, except the defendant may move to dismiss the charges...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-38.7.   Appeal to superior court
    (a) The State may appeal to superior court any district court preliminary determination granting a motion to suppress or dismiss. If there is a...

Article 3 - Motor Vehicle Act of 1937.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-38.100.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-39.   Administering and enforcing laws; rules and regulations; agents, etc.; seal; fees
    (a) The Commissioner is hereby vested with the power and is charged with the duty of administering and enforcing the provisions of this Article...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-39.1.   Publicly owned vehicles to be marked; private license plates on publicly owned vehicles
    (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the executive head of every department of State government and every county, institution, or agency of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-40.   Offices of Division
    The Commissioner shall maintain an office in Raleigh, North Carolina, and in such places in the State as he shall deem necessary to properly...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-41.   Commissioner to provide forms required
    The Commissioner shall provide suitable forms for applications, certificates of title and registration cards, registration number plates and all other forms requisite for the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-42.   Authority to administer oaths and certify copies of records
    (a) Officers and employees of the Division designated by the Commissioner are, for the purpose of administering the motor vehicle laws, authorized to administer...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-43.   Records of Division
    (a) All records of the Division, other than those declared by law to be confidential for the use of the Division, shall be open...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-43.1.   Disclosure of personal information in motor vehicle records
    (a) The Division shall disclose personal information contained in motor vehicle records in accordance with the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act of 1994, as...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-43.2.   Internet access to organ donation records by organ procurement organizations
    (a) The Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles, shall establish and maintain a statewide, online Organ Donor Registry Internet site (hereafter "Donor Registry")....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-43.3.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-43.4.   Current list of licensed drivers to be provided to jury commissions
    (a) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall provide to each county jury commission an alphabetical list of all persons that the Commissioner has determined...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-44.   Authority to grant or refuse applications
    The Division shall examine and determine the genuineness, regularity and legality of every application for registration of a vehicle and for a certificate of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-45.   Seizure of documents and plates
    (a) The Division is hereby authorized to take possession of any certificate of title, registration card, permit, license, or registration plate issued by it...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-46.   Repealed by Session Laws 1979, c. 99
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-47.   Division may summon witnesses and take testimony
    (a) The Commissioner and officers of the Division designated by him shall have authority to summon witnesses to give testimony under oath or to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-48.   Giving of notice
    (a) Whenever the Division is authorized or required to give any notice under this Chapter or other law regulating the operation of vehicles, unless...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-49.   Police authority of Division
    The Commissioner and such officers and inspectors of the Division as he shall designate and all members of the Highway Patrol and law enforcement...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-49.1.   Supplemental police authority of Division officers
    (a) In addition to the law enforcement authority granted in G.S. 20-49 or elsewhere, the Commissioner and the officers and inspectors of the Division...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-49.2.   Supplemental authority of State Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement officers
    In addition to law enforcement authority granted in G.S. 20-49 or elsewhere, all sworn Motor Carrier Enforcement officers of the State Highway Patrol shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-49.3.   Bureau of License and Theft; custody of seized vehicles
    (a) Vehicles Seized by the Division of Motor Vehicles. - Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Division of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of License...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-50.   Owner to secure registration and certificate of title; temporary registration markers
    (a) A vehicle intended to be operated upon any highway of this State must be registered with the Division in accordance with G.S. 20-52,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-50.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1979, c. 574, s. 5
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-50.2.   Repealed by Session Laws 1991, c. 624, s. 4
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-50.3.   Repealed by Session Laws 2005-294, s. 10, effective July 1, 2013, and applicable to combined tax and registration notices issued on or after that date. See Editor's note
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-50.4.   Division to refuse to register vehicles on which county and municipal taxes and fees are not paid and when there is a failure to meet court-ordered child support obligations
    (a) Property Taxes Paid with Registration. - The Division shall refuse to register a vehicle on which county and municipal taxes and fees have...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-51.   Exempt from registration
    The following shall be exempt from the requirement of registration and certificate of title: (1) Any such vehicle driven or moved upon a highway...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-52.   Application for registration and certificate of title
    (a) An owner of a vehicle subject to registration must apply to the Division for a certificate of title, a registration plate, and a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-52.1.   Manufacturer's certificate of transfer of new motor vehicle
    (a) Any manufacturer transferring a new motor vehicle to another shall, at the time of the transfer, supply the transferee with a manufacturer's certificate...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-53.   Application for specially constructed, reconstructed, or foreign vehicle
    (a) In the event the vehicle to be registered is a specially constructed, reconstructed, or foreign vehicle, such fact shall be stated in the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-53.1.   Specially constructed vehicle certificate of title and registration
    (a) Specially constructed vehicles shall be titled in the following manner: (1) Replica vehicles shall be titled as the year, make, and model of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-53.2.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-53.3.   Appeal of specially constructed vehicle classification determination to Vehicle Classification Review Committee
    (a) Any person aggrieved by the Division's determination of the appropriate vehicle classification for a specially constructed vehicle may request review of that determination...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-54.   Authority for refusing registration or certificate of title
    The Division shall refuse registration or issuance of a certificate of title or any transfer of registration upon any of the following grounds: (1)...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-54.1.   Forfeiture of right of registration
    (a) Upon receipt of notice of conviction of a violation of an offense involving impaired driving while the person's license is revoked as a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-55.   Examination of registration records and index of seized, stolen, and recovered vehicles
    The Division, upon receiving application for any transfer of registration or for original registration of a vehicle, other than a new vehicle sold by...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-56.   Registration indexes
    (a) The Division shall file each application received, and when satisfied as to the genuineness and regularity thereof, and that the applicant is entitled...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-57.   Division to issue certificate of title and registration card
    (a) The Division upon registering a vehicle shall issue a registration card and a certificate of title as separate documents. (b) The registration card...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-58.   Perfection by indication of security interest on certificate of title
    (a) Except as provided in G.S. 20-58.8, a security interest in a vehicle of a type for which a certificate of title is required...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-58.1.   Duty of the Division upon receipt of application for notation of security interest
    (a) Upon receipt of an application for notation of security interest, the required fee and accompanying documents required by G.S. 20-58, the Division, if...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-58.2.   Date of perfection
    If the application for notation of security interest with the required fee is delivered to the Division within 20 days after the date of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-58.3.   Notation of assignment of security interest on certificate of title
    An assignee of a security interest may have the certificate of title endorsed or issued with the assignee named as the secured party, upon...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-58.4.   Release of security interest
    (a) Upon the satisfaction or other discharge of a security interest in a vehicle for which the certificate of title is in the possession...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-58.4A.   Electronic lien system
    (a) Implementation. - No later than July 1, 2014, the Division shall implement a statewide electronic lien system to process the notification, release, and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-58.5.   Duration of security interest in favor of corporations which dissolve or become inactive
    Any security interest recorded in favor of a corporation which, since the recording of such security interest, has dissolved or become inactive for any...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-58.6.   Duty of secured party to disclose information
    A secured party named in a certificate of title shall, upon written request of the Division, the owner or another secured party named on...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-58.7.   Cancellation of certificate
    The cancellation of a certificate of title shall not, in and of itself, affect the validity of a security interest noted on it. (1961,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-58.8.   Applicability of 20-58 to 20-58.8; use of term "lien"
    (a) Repealed by Session Laws 2000, c. 169, s. 30. (b) The provisions of G.S. 20-58 through 20-58.8 inclusive shall not apply to or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-58.9.   Repealed by Session Laws 1969, c. 838, s. 3
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-58.10.   Effective date of 20-58 to 20-58.9
    The provisions of G.S. 20-58 through 20-58.9 inclusive shall be effective and relate to the perfecting and giving notice of security interests entered into...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-59.   Unlawful for lienor who holds certificate of title not to surrender same when lien satisfied
    It shall be unlawful and constitute a Class 3 misdemeanor for a lienor who holds a certificate of title as provided in this Article...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-60.   Owner after transfer not liable for negligent operation
    The owner of a motor vehicle who has made a bona fide sale or transfer of his title or interest, and who has delivered...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-61.   Owner dismantling or wrecking vehicle to return evidence of registration
    Except as permitted under G.S. 20-62.1, any owner dismantling or wrecking any vehicle shall forward to the Division the certificate of title, registration card...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-62.   Repealed by Session Laws 1993, c. 533, s. 9
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-62.1.   Purchase of vehicles for purposes of scrap or parts only
    (a) Records for Scrap or Parts. - A secondary metals recycler, as defined in G.S. 66-420(8), and a salvage yard, as defined in G.S....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-63.   Registration plates furnished by Division; requirements; replacement of regular plates with First in Flight plates; surrender and reissuance; displaying; preservation and cleaning; alteration or concealment of numbers; commission contracts for issuance
    (a) The Division upon registering a vehicle shall issue to the owner one registration plate for a motorcycle, trailer or semitrailer and for every...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-63.01.   Bonds required for commission contractors
    (a) A guaranty bond is required for each commission contractor that is not a governmental subdivision of this State that is granted a contract...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-63.02.   Advisory committee of commission contractors
    (a) Committee and Duties. - An advisory committee is established and is designated the License Plate Agent (LPA) Advisory Committee. The Division and the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-63.1.   Division may cause plates to be reflectorized
    The Division of Motor Vehicles is hereby authorized to cause vehicle license plates for 1968 and future years to be completely treated with reflectorized...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-64.   Transfer of registration plates to another vehicle
    (a) Except as otherwise provided in this Article, registration plates shall be retained by the owner thereof upon disposition of the vehicle to which...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-64.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1995 (Regular Session, 1996), c. 756, s. 6
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-64.2.   Repealed by Session Laws 2010-132, s. 4, effective December 1, 2010
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-65.   Repealed by Session Laws 1979, 2nd Session, c. 1280, s. 1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-66.   Renewal of vehicle registration
    (a) Annual Renewal. - The registration of a vehicle must be renewed annually. To renew the registration of a vehicle, the owner of the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-66.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 1389, s. 2
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-67.   Notice of change of address or name
    (a) Address. - A person whose address changes from the address stated on a certificate of title or registration card must notify the Division...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-68.   Replacement of lost or damaged certificates, cards and plates
    (a) In the event any registration card or registration plate is lost, mutilated, or becomes illegible, the owner or legal representative of the owner...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-69.   Division authorized to assign new engine number
    The owner of a motor vehicle upon which the engine number or serial number has become illegible or has been removed or obliterated shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-70.   Division to be notified when another engine is installed or body changed
    (a) Whenever a motor vehicle registered hereunder is altered by the installation of another engine in place of an engine, the number of which...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-71.   Altering or forging certificate of title, registration card or application, a felony; reproducing or possessing blank certificate of title
    (a) Any person who, with fraudulent intent, shall alter any certificate of title, registration card issued by the Division, or any application for a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-71.1.   Registration evidence of ownership; ownership evidence of defendant's responsibility for conduct of operation
    (a) In all actions to recover damages for injury to the person or to property or for the death of a person, arising out...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-71.2.   Declaration of purpose
    The titling of salvage motor vehicles constitutes a problem in North Carolina because members of the public are sometimes misled into believing a motor...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-71.3.   Salvage and other vehicles - titles and registration cards to be branded
    (a) Motor vehicle certificates of title and registration cards issued pursuant to G.S. 20-57 shall be branded in accordance with this section. As used...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-71.4.   Failure to disclose damage to a vehicle shall be a misdemeanor
    (a) It shall be unlawful for any transferor of a motor vehicle to do any of the following: (1) Transfer a motor vehicle up...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-72.   Transfer by owner
    (a) Whenever the owner of a registered vehicle transfers or assigns his title or interests thereto, he shall remove the license plates. The registration...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-73.   New owner must get new certificate of title
    (a) Time Limit. - A person to whom a vehicle is transferred, whether by purchase or otherwise, must apply to the Division for a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-74.   Penalty for making false statement about transfer of vehicle
    A dealer or another person who, in an application required by this Division, knowingly makes a false statement about the date a vehicle was...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-75.   When transferee is dealer or insurance company
    When the transferee of a vehicle registered under this Article is: (1) A dealer who is licensed under Article 12 of this Chapter and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-75.1.   Conditional delivery of motor vehicles
    Notwithstanding G.S. 20-52.1, 20-72, and 20-75, nothing contained in those sections prohibits a dealer from entering into a contract with any purchaser for the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-76.   Title lost or unlawfully detained; bond as condition to issuance of new certificate
    (a) Whenever the applicant for the registration of a vehicle or a new certificate of title thereto is unable to present a certificate of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-77.   Transfer by operation of law; sale under mechanic's or storage lien; unclaimed vehicles
    (a) Whenever the title or interest of an owner in or to a vehicle shall pass to another by operation of law, as upon...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-78.   When Division to transfer registration and issue new certificate; recordation
    (a) The Division, upon receipt of a properly endorsed certificate of title, application for transfer thereof and payment of all proper fees, shall issue...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-78.1.   Terminal rental adjustment clauses; vehicle leases that are not sales or security interests
    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a lease transaction does not create a sale or security interest in a motor vehicle or trailer merely...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-79.   Dealer license plates
    (a) How to Get a Dealer Plate. - The Division may issue a person licensed under Article 12 of this Chapter the appropriate classification...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-79.01.   Special sports event temporary license plates
    (a) Application. - A dealer who is licensed under Article 12 of this Chapter and who agrees to loan to another for use at...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-79.1.   Use of temporary registration plates or markers by purchasers of motor vehicles in lieu of dealers' plates
    (a) The Division may, subject to the limitations and conditions hereinafter set forth, deliver temporary registration plates or markers designed by said Division to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-79.1A.   Limited registration plates
    A limited registration plate is issuable to a person who applies, either directly or through a dealer licensed under Article 12 of this Chapter,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-79.2.   Transporter plates
    (a) Who Can Get a Plate. - The Division may issue a transporter plate authorizing the limited operation of a motor vehicle in the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-79.3.   Repealed by Session Laws 1993, c. 440, s. 5
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-79.4.   Special registration plates
    (a) General. - Upon application and payment of the required registration fees, a person may obtain from the Division a special registration plate for...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-79.5.   Special registration plates for elected and appointed State government officials
    (a) Plates. - The State government officials listed in this section are eligible for a special registration plate under G.S. 20-79.4. The plate shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-79.6.   Special registration plates for members of the judiciary
    (a) Supreme Court. - A special plate issued to a Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court shall bear the words "Supreme Court" and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-79.7.   Fees for special registration plates and distribution of the fees
    (a) Free of Charge. - Upon request, the Division shall annually provide and issue free of charge a single special registration plate listed in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-79.8.   Expiration of special registration plate authorization
    (a) Expiration. - A special registration plate authorized pursuant to G.S. 20-79.4 shall expire, as a matter of law, on July 1 of the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-80 through 20-81.2.   Repealed by Session Laws 1991, c. 672, s. 1, as amended by Session Laws 1991, c. 726, s. 23
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-81.3.   Recodified as 20-79.7 by Session Laws 1991, c. 672, s. 3, as amended by Session Laws 1991, c. 726, s. 23
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-81.4 through 20-81.11.   Repealed by Session Laws 1991, c. 672, s. 1, as amended by Session Laws 1991, c. 726, s. 23
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-81.12.   Collegiate insignia plates and certain other special plates
    (a) Collegiate Insignia Plates. - The Division must receive 300 or more applications for a collegiate insignia license plate for a college or university...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-82.   Repealed by Session Laws 1995, c. 163, s. 3
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-83.   Registration by nonresidents
    (a) When a resident carrier of this State interchanges a properly licensed trailer or semitrailer with another carrier who is a resident of another...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-84.   Permanent registration plates; State Highway Patrol
    (a) General. - The Division may issue a permanent registration plate for a motor vehicle owned by one of the entities authorized to have...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-84.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1999-220, s. 4
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-84.2.   Definition; reciprocity; Commissioner's powers
    (a) The term rental vehicle when used herein shall mean and include any motor vehicle which is rented or leased to another by its...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-85.   Schedule of fees
    (a) The following fees are imposed concerning a certificate of title, a registration card, or a registration plate for a motor vehicle. These fees...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-85.1.   Registration by mail; one-day title service; fees
    (a) The owner of a vehicle registered in North Carolina may renew that vehicle registration by mail. (b) The Commissioner and the employees of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-86.   Penalty for engaging in a "for-hire" business without proper license plates
    Any person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of transporting persons or property for compensation, except as otherwise provided in this Article, shall,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-86.1.   International Registration Plan
    (a) The registration fees required under this Article may be proportioned for vehicles which qualify and are licensed under the provisions of the International...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-87.   Passenger vehicle registration fees
    These fees shall be paid to the Division annually for the registration and licensing of passenger vehicles, according to the following classifications and schedules:...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-87.1.   Interchange of passenger buses with nonresident common carriers of passengers
    When a resident common carrier of passengers of this State interchanges a properly licensed bus with another common carrier of passengers who is a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-88.   Property-hauling vehicles
    (a) Determination of Weight. - For the purpose of licensing, the weight of self-propelled property-carrying vehicles shall be the empty weight and heaviest load...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-88.01.   Revocation of registration for failure to register for or comply with road tax or pay civil penalty for buying or selling non-tax-paid fuel
    (a) Road Tax. - The Secretary of Revenue may notify the Commissioner of those motor vehicles that are registered or are required to be...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-88.02.   Registration of logging vehicles
    Upon receipt of an application on a form prescribed by it, the Division shall register trucks and tractor trucks used exclusively in connection with...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-88.1.   Driver education
    (a) through (b1) Repealed by Session Laws 2011-145, s. 28.37(c), effective July 1, 2011. (c) Expenses incurred by the State in carrying out the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-89.   Repealed by Sessions Laws 1981, c. 976, s. 7
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-90.   Repealed by Session Laws 1981, c. 976, s. 8
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-91.   Audit of vehicle registrations under the International Registration Plan
    (a) Repealed by Session Laws 1995 (Regular Session, 1996), c. 756, s. 9. (b) The Department of Revenue may audit a person who registers...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-91.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 2007-491, s. 2, effective January 1, 2008
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-91.2.   Repealed by Session Laws 2007-491, s. 2, effective January 1, 2008
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-92.   Repealed by Session Laws 1995 (Regular Session, 1996), c. 756, s. 10
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-93.   Repealed by Session Laws 1981, c. 976, s. 10
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-94.   Partial payments
    In the purchase of licenses, where the gross amount of the license fee to any one owner amounts to more than four hundred dollars...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-95.   Prorated fee for license plate issued for other than a year
    (a) Calendar-Year Plate. - The fee for a calendar-year license plate issued on or after April 1 of a year is a percentage of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-96.   Detaining property-hauling vehicles or vehicles regulated by the Motor Carrier Safety Regulation Unit until fines or penalties and taxes are collected
    (a) Authority to Detain Vehicles. - A law enforcement officer may seize and detain the following property-hauling vehicles operating on the highways of the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-97.   Taxes credited to Highway Fund; municipal vehicle taxes
    (a) State Taxes to Highway Fund. - All taxes levied under this Article are compensatory taxes for the use and privileges of the public...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-98.   Repealed by Session Laws 2007-491, s. 2, effective January 1, 2008
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-99.   Repealed by Session Laws 2007-491, s. 2, effective January 1, 2008
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-100.   Vehicles junked or destroyed by fire or collision
    Upon satisfactory proof to the Commissioner that any motor vehicle, duly licensed, has been completely destroyed by fire or collision, or has been junked...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-101.   Certain business vehicles to be marked
    (a) A motor vehicle that is subject to 49 C.F.R. Part 390, the federal motor carrier safety regulations, shall be marked as required by...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-101.1.   Conspicuous disclosure of dealer administrative fees
    (a) A motor vehicle dealer shall not charge an administrative, origination, documentary, procurement, or other similar administrative fee related to the sale or lease...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-101.2.   Conspicuous disclosure of dealer finance yield charges
    (a) A motor vehicle dealer shall not charge a fee or receive a commission or other compensation for providing, procuring, or arranging financing for...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-102.   Report of stolen and recovered motor vehicles
    Every sheriff, chief of police, or peace officer upon receiving reliable information that any vehicle registered hereunder has been stolen shall report such theft...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-102.1.   False report of theft or conversion a misdemeanor
    A person who knowingly makes to a peace officer or to the Division a false report of the theft or conversion of a motor...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-102.2.   Report of failure to return hired motor vehicles
    Every sheriff, chief of police, or peace officer, upon receiving a vehicle theft report, warrant, or other reliable information that any rental, for-hire, or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-103.   Reports by owners of stolen and recovered vehicles
    The owner, or person having a lien or encumbrance upon a registered vehicle which has been stolen or embezzled, may notify the Division of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-104.   Action by Division on report of stolen or embezzled vehicles
    (a) The Division, upon receiving a report of a stolen or embezzled vehicle as hereinbefore provided, shall file and appropriately index the same and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-105.   Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 1330, s. 39
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-106.   Receiving or transferring stolen vehicles
    Any person who, with intent to procure or pass title to a vehicle which he knows or has reason to believe has been stolen...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-106.1.   Fraud in connection with rental of motor vehicles
    Any person with the intent to defraud the owner of any motor vehicle or a person in lawful possession thereof, who obtains possession of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-106.2.   Sublease and loan assumption arranging regulated
    (a) As used in this section: (1) "Buyer" means a purchaser of a motor vehicle under the terms of a retail installment contract. "Buyer"...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-107.   Injuring or tampering with vehicle
    (a) Any person who either individually or in association with one or more other persons willfully injures or tampers with any vehicles or breaks...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-108.   Vehicles or component parts of vehicles without manufacturer's numbers
    (a) Any person who knowingly buys, receives, disposes of, sells, offers for sale, conceals, or has in his possession any motor vehicle, or engine...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-109.   Altering or changing engine or other numbers
    (a) It shall be unlawful and constitute a felony for: (1) Any person to willfully deface, destroy, remove, cover, or alter the manufacturer's serial...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-109.1.   Surrender of titles to salvage vehicles
    (a) Option to Keep Title. - When a vehicle is damaged to the extent that it becomes a salvage vehicle and the owner submits...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-109.2.   Surrender of title to manufactured home
    (a) Surrender of Title. - If a certificate of title has been issued for a manufactured home, the owner listed on the title has...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-110.   When registration shall be rescinded
    (a) The Division shall rescind and cancel the registration of any vehicle which the Division shall determine is unsafe or unfit to be operated...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-111.   Violation of registration provisions
    It shall be unlawful for any person to commit any of the following acts: (1) To drive a vehicle on a highway, or knowingly...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-112.   Making false affidavit perjury
    Any person who shall knowingly make any false affidavit or shall knowingly swear or affirm falsely to any matter or thing required by the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-113.   Repealed by Session Laws 1995 (Regular Session, 1996), c. 756, s. 13
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-114.   Duty of officers; manner of enforcement
    (a) For the purpose of enforcing the provisions of this Article, it is hereby made the duty of every police officer of any incorporated...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-114.1.   Willful failure to obey law-enforcement or traffic-control officer; firemen as traffic-control officers; appointment, etc., of traffic-control officers
    (a) No person shall willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of any law-enforcement officer or traffic-control officer invested...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-114.3.   Repealed by Session Laws 2007-433, s. 3(a), (b), effective October 1, 2007
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-115.   Scope and effect of regulations in this title
    It shall be unlawful for any person to drive or move or for the owner to cause or knowingly permit to be driven or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-115.1.   Limitations on tandem trailers and semitrailers on certain North Carolina highways
    (a) Motor vehicle combinations consisting of a truck tractor and two trailing units may be operated in North Carolina only on highways of the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-116.   Size of vehicles and loads
    (a) The total outside width of any vehicle or the load thereon shall not exceed 102 inches, except as otherwise provided in this section....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-117.   Flag or light at end of load
    (a) General Provisions. - Whenever the load on any vehicle shall extend more than four feet beyond the rear of the bed or body...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-117.1.   Requirements for mirrors and fuel container
    (a) Rear-Vision Mirrors. - Every bus, truck, and truck tractor with a GVWR of 10,001 pounds or more shall be equipped with two rear-vision...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-118.   Weight of vehicles and load
    (a) For the purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply: (1) Single-axle weight. - The gross weight transmitted by all wheels whose...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-118.1.   Officers may weigh vehicles and require overloads to be removed
    A law enforcement officer may stop and weigh a vehicle to determine if the vehicle's weight is in compliance with the vehicle's declared gross...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-118.2.   Authority to fix higher weight limitations at reduced speeds for certain vehicles
    The Department of Transportation is hereby authorized and empowered to fix higher weight limitations at reduced speeds for vehicles used in transporting property when...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-118.3.   Vehicle or combination of vehicles operated without registration plate subject to civil penalty
    Any vehicle or combination of vehicles being operated upon the highway of this State either by a resident or nonresident without having been issued...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-118.4.   Firefighting equipment exempt from size and weight restrictions while transporting or moving heavy equipment for emergency response and preparedness and fire prevention; permits
    (a) Exemption From Weight and Size Restrictions. - Any overweight or oversize vehicle owned and operated by a State or local government or cooperating...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-119.   Special permits for vehicles of excessive size or weight; fees
    (a) The Department of Transportation may, in its discretion, upon application, for good cause being shown therefor, issue a special permit in writing authorizing...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-119.1.   Use of excess overweight and oversize fees
    Funds generated by overweight and oversize permit fees in excess of the cost of administering the program, as determined pursuant to G.S. 20-119(e), shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-120.   Operation of flat trucks on State highways regulated; trucks hauling leaf tobacco in barrels or hogsheads
    It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to operate, or have operated on any public highway in the State any open,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-121.   When authorities may restrict right to use highways
    The Department of Transportation or local authorities may prohibit the operation of vehicles upon or impose restrictions as to the weight thereof, for a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-121.1.   Operation of a low-speed vehicle on certain roadways
    The operation of a low-speed vehicle is authorized with the following restrictions: (1) A low-speed vehicle may be operated only on streets and highways...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-122.   Restrictions as to tire equipment
    (a) No vehicle will be allowed to move on any public highway unless equipped with tires of rubber or other resilient material which depend...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-122.1.   Motor vehicles to be equipped with safe tires
    (a) Every motor vehicle subject to safety equipment inspection in this State and operated on the streets and highways of this State shall be...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-123.   Trailers and towed vehicles
    (a) The limitations in G.S. 20-116 on combination vehicles do not prohibit the towing of farm trailers not exceeding three in number nor exceeding...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-123.1.   Steering mechanism
    The steering mechanism of every self-propelled motor vehicle operated on the highway shall be maintained in good working order, sufficient to enable the operator...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-124.   Brakes
    (a) Every motor vehicle when operated upon a highway shall be equipped with brakes adequate to control the movement of and to stop such...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-125.   Horns and warning devices
    (a) Every motor vehicle when operated upon a highway shall be equipped with a horn in good working order capable of emitting sound audible...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-125.1.   Directional signals
    (a) It shall be unlawful for the owner of any motor vehicle of a changed model or series designation indicating that it was manufactured...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-126.   Mirrors
    (a) No person shall drive a motor vehicle on the streets or highways of this State unless equipped with an inside rearview mirror of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-127.   Windows and windshield wipers
    (a) Windshield Wipers. - A vehicle that is operated on a highway and has a windshield shall have a windshield wiper to clear rain...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-128.   Exhaust system and emissions control devices
    (a) No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a highway unless such motor vehicle is equipped with a muffler, or other exhaust system...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-128.1.   Control of visible emissions
    (a) It shall be a violation of this Article: (1) For any gasoline-powered motor vehicle registered and operated in this State to emit visible...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-128.2.   Motor vehicle emission standards
    (a) The rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to G.S. 143-215.107(a)(6) shall be implemented when the Environmental Management Commission certifies to the Commissioner of Motor...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-129.   Required lighting equipment of vehicles
    (a) When Vehicles Must Be Equipped. - Every vehicle upon a highway within this State shall be equipped with lighted headlamps and rear lamps...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-129.1.   Additional lighting equipment required on certain vehicles
    In addition to other equipment required by this Chapter, the following vehicles shall be equipped as follows: (1) On every bus or truck, whatever...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-129.2.   Lighting equipment for mobile homes
    Notwithstanding the provisions of G.S. 20-129 and 20-129.1, the lighting equipment required to be provided and equipped on a house trailer, mobile home, modular...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-130.   Additional permissible light on vehicle
    (a) Spot Lamps. - Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not to exceed two spot lamps, except that a motorcycle shall not be...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-130.1.   Use of red or blue lights on vehicles prohibited; exceptions
    (a) It is unlawful for any person to install or activate or operate a red light in or on any vehicle in this State....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-130.2.   Use of amber lights on certain vehicles
    All wreckers operated on the highways of the State shall be equipped with an amber-colored flashing light which shall be so mounted and located...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-130.3.   Use of white or clear lights on rear of vehicles prohibited; exceptions
    It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully drive a motor vehicle in forward motion upon the highways of this State displaying white...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-131.   Requirements as to headlamps and auxiliary driving lamps
    (a) The headlamps of motor vehicles shall be so constructed, arranged, and adjusted that, except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, they...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-132.   Acetylene lights
    Motor vehicles eligible for a Historic Vehicle Owner special registration plate under G.S. 20-79.4 may be equipped with two acetylene headlamps of approximately equal...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-133.   Enforcement of provisions
    (a) The Commissioner is authorized to designate, furnish instructions to and to supervise official stations for adjusting headlamps and auxiliary driving lamps to conform...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-134.   Lights on parked vehicles
    (a) Whenever a vehicle is parked or stopped upon a highway, whether attended or unattended during the times mentioned in G.S. 20-129, there shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-135.   Safety glass
    (a) It shall be unlawful to operate knowingly, on any public highway or street in this State, any motor vehicle which is registered in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-135.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1995 (Regular Session, 1996), c. 756, s. 30
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-135.2.   Safety belts and anchorages
    (a) Every new motor vehicle registered in this State and manufactured, assembled, or sold after January 1, 1964, shall, at the time of registration,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-135.2A.   (See Editor's note) Seat belt use mandatory
    (a) Except as otherwise provided in G.S. 20-137.1, each occupant of a motor vehicle manufactured with seat belts shall have a seatbelt properly fastened...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-135.2B.   Transporting children under 16 years of age in open bed or open cargo area of a vehicle prohibited; exceptions
    (a) The operator of a vehicle having an open bed or open cargo area shall ensure that no child under 16 years of age...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-135.3.   Seat belt anchorages for rear seats of motor vehicles
    Every new motor vehicle registered in this State and manufactured, assembled or sold after July 1, 1966, shall be equipped with sufficient anchorage units...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-135.4.   Certain automobile safety standards
    (a) Definitions. - For the purposes of this section, the term "private passenger automobile" shall mean a four-wheeled motor vehicle designed principally for carrying...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-136.   Smoke screens
    (a) It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to drive, operate, equip or be in the possession of any automobile or other...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-136.1.   Location of television, computer, or video players, monitors, and screens
    No person shall drive any motor vehicle upon a public street or highway or public vehicular area while viewing any television, computer, or video...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-136.2.   Air bag installation
    It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to knowingly install or reinstall any object in lieu of an air bag, other...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.   Repealed by Session Laws 1995, c. 379, s. 18.2
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.1.   Child restraint systems required
    (a) Every driver who is transporting one or more passengers of less than 16 years of age shall have all such passengers properly secured...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.2.   Operation of vehicles resembling law-enforcement vehicles unlawful; punishment
    (a) It is unlawful for any person other than a law-enforcement officer of the State or of any county, municipality, or other political subdivision...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.3.   Unlawful use of a mobile phone by persons under 18 years of age
    (a) Definitions. - The following definitions apply in this section: (1) Additional technology. - Any technology that provides access to digital media including, but...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.4.   Unlawful use of a mobile phone
    (a) Definitions. - For purposes of this section, the following terms shall mean: (1) Additional technology. - As defined in G.S. 20-137.3(a)(1). (2) Emergency...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.4A.   Unlawful use of mobile telephone for text messaging or electronic mail
    (a) Offense. - It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a vehicle on a public street or highway or public vehicular area...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.5.   Child passenger safety technician; limitation of liability
    (a) The following definitions apply in this section: (1) Certified child passenger safety technician. - A certified child passenger safety technician is an individual...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.6.   Declaration of purpose
    Abandoned and derelict motor vehicles constitute a hazard to the health and welfare of the people of the State in that such vehicles can...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.7.   Definitions of words and phrases
    The following words and phrases when used in this Part shall for the purpose of this Part have the meaning respectively prescribed to them...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.8.   Secretary may adopt rules and regulations
    The Secretary is hereby vested with the power and is charged with the duties of administering the provisions of this Part and is authorized...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.9.   Removal from private property
    Any abandoned or any derelict vehicle in this State shall be subject to be removed from public or private property provided not objected to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.10.   Abandoned and derelict vehicles to be tagged; determination of value
    (a) When any vehicle is derelict or abandoned in this State, the Secretary shall cause a tag to be placed on the vehicle which...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.11.   Title to vest in State
    Title to all vehicles sold or disposed of in accordance with this Part shall vest in the State. All manufacturers' serial number plates and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.12.   Secretary may contract for disposal
    The Secretary is hereby authorized to contract with any federal, other state, county or municipal authority or private enterprise for tagging, collection, storage, transportation...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.13.   No liability for removal
    No agent or employee of any federal, State, county or municipal government, no person or occupant of the premises from which any derelict or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.14.   Enclosed, antique, registered and certain other vehicles exempt
    The provisions of this Part shall not apply to vehicles located on used car lots, in private garages, enclosed parking lots, or on any...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-138.   Repealed by Session Laws 1983, c. 435, s. 23
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-138.1.   Impaired driving
    (a) Offense. - A person commits the offense of impaired driving if he drives any vehicle upon any highway, any street, or any public...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-138.2.   Impaired driving in commercial vehicle
    (a) Offense. - A person commits the offense of impaired driving in a commercial motor vehicle if he drives a commercial motor vehicle upon...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-138.2A.   Operating a commercial vehicle after consuming alcohol
    (a) Offense. - A person commits the offense of operating a commercial motor vehicle after consuming alcohol if the person drives a commercial motor...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-138.2B.   Operating a school bus, school activity bus, child care vehicle, ambulance, other EMS vehicle, firefighting vehicle, or law enforcement vehicle after consuming alcohol
    (a) Offense. - A person commits the offense of operating a school bus, school activity bus, child care vehicle, ambulance, other emergency medical services...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-138.2C.   Possession of alcoholic beverages while operating a commercial motor vehicle
    A person commits the offense of operating a commercial motor vehicle while possessing alcoholic beverages if the person drives a commercial motor vehicle, as...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-138.3.   Driving by person less than 21 years old after consuming alcohol or drugs
    (a) Offense. - It is unlawful for a person less than 21 years old to drive a motor vehicle on a highway or public...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-138.4.   Requirement that prosecutor explain reduction or dismissal of charge in implied-consent case
    (a) Any prosecutor shall enter detailed facts in the record of any case subject to the implied-consent law or involving driving while license revoked...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-138.5.   Habitual impaired driving
    (a) A person commits the offense of habitual impaired driving if he drives while impaired as defined in G.S. 20-138.1 and has been convicted...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-138.6.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-138.7.   Transporting an open container of alcoholic beverage
    (a) Offense. - No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a highway or the right-of-way of a highway: (1) While there is an...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-139.   Repealed by Session Laws 1983, c. 435, s. 23
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-139.1.   Procedures governing chemical analyses; admissibility; evidentiary provisions; controlled-drinking programs
    (a) Chemical Analysis Admissible. - In any implied-consent offense under G.S. 20-16.2, a person's alcohol concentration or the presence of any other impairing substance...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-140.   Reckless driving
    (a) Any person who drives any vehicle upon a highway or any public vehicular area carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-140.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 1330, s. 39
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-140.2.   Overloaded or overcrowded vehicle
    No person shall operate upon a highway or public vehicular area a motor vehicle which is so loaded or crowded with passengers or property,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-140.3.   Unlawful use of National System of Interstate and Defense Highways and other controlled-access highways
    On those sections of highways which are or become a part of the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways and other controlled-access highways,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-140.4.   Special provisions for motorcycles and mopeds
    (a) No person shall operate a motorcycle or moped upon a highway or public vehicular area: (1) When the number of persons upon such...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-140.5.   Special mobile equipment may tow certain vehicles
    Special mobile equipment may not tow any vehicle other than the following: (1) A single passenger vehicle that can carry no more than nine...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-141.   Speed restrictions
    (a) No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway or in a public vehicular area at a speed greater than is reasonable and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-141.1.   Speed limits in school zones
    The Board of Transportation or local authorities within their respective jurisdictions may, by ordinance, set speed limits lower than those designated in G.S. 20-141...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-141.2.   Prima facie rule of evidence as to operation of motor vehicle altered so as to increase potential speed
    Proof of the operation upon any street or highway of North Carolina at a speed in excess of the limits provided by law of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-141.3.   Unlawful racing on streets and highways
    (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle on a street or highway willfully in prearranged speed competition with...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-141.4.   Felony and misdemeanor death by vehicle; felony serious injury by vehicle; aggravated offenses; repeat felony death by vehicle
    (a) Repealed by Session Laws 1983, c. 435, s. 27. (a1) Felony Death by Vehicle. - A person commits the offense of felony death...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-141.5.   Speeding to elude arrest; seizure and sale of vehicles
    (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle on a street, highway, or public vehicular area while fleeing or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-141.6.   Aggressive Driving
    (a) Any person who operates a motor vehicle on a street, highway, or public vehicular area is guilty of aggressive driving if the person:...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-142.   Repealed by Session Laws 1991, c. 368, s. 2
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-142.1.   Obedience to railroad signal
    (a) Whenever any person driving a vehicle approaches a railroad grade crossing under any of the circumstances stated in this section, the driver of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-142.2.   Vehicles stop at certain grade crossing
    The Department of Transportation may designate particularly dangerous highway crossings of railroads and erect stop signs at those crossings. When a stop sign is...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-142.3.   Certain vehicles must stop at railroad grade crossing
    (a) Before crossing at grade any track or tracks of a railroad, the driver of any school bus, any activity bus, any motor vehicle...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-142.4.   Moving heavy equipment at railroad grade crossing
    (a) No person shall operate or move any crawler-type tractor, crane, or roller or any equipment or structure having a normal operating speed of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-142.5.   Stop when traffic obstructed
    No driver shall enter an intersection or a marked crosswalk or drive onto any railroad grade crossing unless there is sufficient space on the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-143 through 20-143.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1991, c. 368, s. 2
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-144.   Special speed limitation on bridges
    It shall be unlawful to drive any vehicle upon any public bridge, causeway or viaduct at a speed which is greater than the maximum...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-145.   When speed limit not applicable
    The speed limitations set forth in this Article shall not apply to vehicles when operated with due regard for safety under the direction of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-146.   Drive on right side of highway; exceptions
    (a) Upon all highways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the highway except as follows: (1) When...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-146.1.   Operation of motorcycles
    (a) All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-146.2.   Rush hour traffic lanes authorized
    (a) HOV Lanes. - The Department of Transportation may designate one or more travel lanes as high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on streets and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-147.   Keep to the right in crossing intersections or railroads
    In crossing an intersection of highways or the intersection of a highway by a railroad right-of-way, the driver of a vehicle shall at all...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-147.1.   Passenger vehicle towing other vehicles to keep right
    Whenever a noncommercial passenger vehicle as defined in G.S. 20-4.01(27)g. is towing another vehicle as defined in G.S. 20-4.01(49), the driver of the towing...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-148.   Meeting of vehicles
    Drivers of vehicles proceeding in opposite directions shall pass each other to the right, each giving to the other at least one half of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-149.   Overtaking a vehicle
    (a) The driver of any such vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass at least two feet to the left...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-150.   Limitations on privilege of overtaking and passing
    (a) The driver of a vehicle shall not drive to the left side of the center of a highway, in overtaking and passing another...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-150.1.   When passing on the right is permitted
    The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass upon the right of another vehicle only under the following conditions: (1) When the vehicle...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-151.   Repealed by Session Laws 1995, c. 283, s. 2
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-152.   Following too closely
    (a) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-153.   Turning at intersections
    (a) Right Turns. - Both the approach for a right turn and a right turn shall be made as close as practicable to the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-154.   Signals on starting, stopping or turning
    (a) The driver of any vehicle upon a highway or public vehicular area before starting, stopping or turning from a direct line shall first...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-155.   Right-of-way
    (a) When two vehicles approach or enter an intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-156.   Exceptions to the right-of-way rule
    (a) The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from an alley, building entrance, private road, or driveway shall yield...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-157.   Approach of law enforcement, fire department or rescue squad vehicles or ambulances; driving over fire hose or blocking fire-fighting equipment; parking, etc., near law enforcement, fire department, or rescue squad vehicle or ambulance
    (a) Upon the approach of any law enforcement or fire department vehicle or public or private ambulance or rescue squad emergency service vehicle, or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-157.1.   Funeral processions
    (a) As used in this section, a "funeral procession" means two or more vehicles accompanying the remains of a deceased person, or traveling to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-158.   Vehicle control signs and signals
    (a) The Department of Transportation, with reference to State highways, and local authorities, with reference to highways under their jurisdiction, are hereby authorized to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-158.1.   Erection of "yield right-of-way" signs
    The Department of Transportation, with reference to State highways, and cities and towns with reference to highways and streets under their jurisdiction, are authorized...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-158.2.   Control of vehicles on Turnpike System
    The North Carolina Turnpike Authority may control vehicles at appropriate places by erecting traffic control devices to collect tolls. (2002-133, s. 2.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-158.3.   Emergency entry to controlled access roads
    Any person, association, or other legal entity having responsibility for a controlled access system on a road that is a public vehicular area shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-159.   Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 1330, s. 39
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-160.   Driving through safety zone or on sidewalks prohibited
    (a) The driver of a vehicle shall not at any time drive through or over a safety zone. (b) No person shall drive any...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-160.1.   Failure to yield causing serious bodily injury; penalties
    (a) Unless the conduct is covered under some other law providing greater punishment, a person who commits the offense of failure to yield while...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-161.   Stopping on highway prohibited; warning signals; removal of vehicles from public highway
    (a) No person shall park or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon the main-traveled portion of any highway or highway bridge...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-161.1.   Regulation of night parking on highways
    No person parking or leaving standing a vehicle at night on a highway or on a side road entering into a highway shall permit...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-161.2.   Repealed by Session Laws 1983, c. 420, s. 1
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-162.   Parking in front of private driveway, fire hydrant, fire station, intersection of curb lines or fire lane
    (a) No person shall park a vehicle or permit it to stand, whether attended or unattended, upon a highway in front of a private...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-162.1.   Prima facie rule of evidence for enforcement of parking regulations
    (a) Whenever evidence shall be presented in any court of the fact that any automobile, truck, or other vehicle was found upon any street,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-162.2 through 20-162.3.   Transferred to 20-219.2, 20-219.3 by Session Laws 1973, c. 1330, s. 36
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-163.   Unattended motor vehicles
    No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended on a public highway or public vehicular area...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-164.   Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 1330, s. 39
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-165.   Repealed by Session Laws 1995, c. 379, s. 6
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-165.1.   One-way traffic
    In all cases where the Department of Transportation has heretofore, or may hereafter lawfully designate any highway or other separate roadway, under its jurisdiction...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-166.   Duty to stop in event of a crash; furnishing information or assistance to injured person, etc.; persons assisting exempt from civil liability
    (a) The driver of any vehicle who knows or reasonably should know: (1) That the vehicle which he or she is operating is involved...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-166.1.   Reports and investigations required in event of accident
    (a) Notice of Accident. - The driver of a vehicle involved in a reportable accident must immediately, by the quickest means of communication, notify...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-166.2.   Duty of passenger to remain at the scene of an accident
    (a) The passenger of any vehicle who knows or reasonably should know that the vehicle in which he or she is a passenger is...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-167.   Vehicles transporting explosives
    Any person operating any vehicle transporting any explosive as a cargo or part of a cargo upon a highway shall at all times comply...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-167.1.   Transportation of spent nuclear fuel
    (a) No person, firm or corporation shall transport upon the highways of this State any spent nuclear fuel unless such person, firm, or corporation...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-168.   Drivers of State, county, and city vehicles subject to the provisions of this Article
    (a) Subject to the exceptions in subsection (b), the provisions of this Article applicable to the drivers of vehicles upon the highways shall apply...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-169.   Powers of local authorities
    Local authorities, except as expressly authorized by G.S. 20-141 and 20-158, shall have no power or authority to alter any speed limitations declared in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-170.   This Article not to interfere with rights of owners of real property with reference thereto
    Nothing in this Article shall be construed to prevent the owner of real property used by the public for purposes of vehicular travel by...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.   Traffic laws apply to persons riding animals or driving animal-drawn vehicles
    Every person riding an animal or driving any animal drawing a vehicle upon a highway shall be subject to the provisions of this Article...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.1.   Definitions
    As used in this Part, except where the context clearly requires otherwise, the words and expressions defined in this section shall be held to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.2.   Bicycle racing
    (a) Bicycle racing on the highways is prohibited except as authorized in this section. (b) Bicycle racing on a highway shall not be unlawful...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.3.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.4.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.5.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.6.   Short title
    This Article shall be known and may be cited as the "Child Bicycle Safety Act." (2001-268, s. 1.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.7.   Legislative findings and purpose
    (a) The General Assembly finds and declares that: (1) Disability and death of children resulting from injuries sustained in bicycling accidents are a serious...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.8.   Definitions
    As used in this Article, the following terms have the following meanings: (1) "Bicycle" means a human-powered vehicle with two wheels in tandem designed...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.9.   Requirements for helmet and restraining seat use
    With regard to any bicycle used on a public roadway, public bicycle path, or other public right-of-way: (a) It shall be unlawful for any...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.10.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.11.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.12.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.13.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.14.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.15.   Age restrictions
    (a) It is unlawful for any parent or legal guardian of a person less than eight years of age to knowingly permit that person...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.16.   Passengers
    No operator of an all-terrain vehicle shall carry a passenger, except on those vehicles specifically designed by the manufacturer to carry passengers in addition...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.17.   Prohibited acts by sellers
    No person shall knowingly sell or offer to sell an all-terrain vehicle: (1) For use by a person under the age of eight years....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.18.   Equipment requirements
    Every all-terrain vehicle sold, offered for sale, or operated in this State shall meet the following equipment standards: (1) It shall be equipped with...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.19.   Prohibited acts by owners and operators
    (a) No person shall operate an all-terrain vehicle on a public street or highway or public vehicular area when such operation is otherwise permitted...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.20.   Safety training and certificate
    Effective October 1, 2006, every all-terrain vehicle operator born on or after January 1, 1990, shall possess a safety certificate indicating successful completion of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.21.   Penalties
    Any person violating any of the provisions of this Part shall be responsible for an infraction and may be subject to a penalty of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.22.   Exceptions
    (a) The provisions of this Part do not apply to any owner, operator, lessor, or renter of a farm or ranch, or that person's...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.23.   Motorized all-terrain vehicles of law enforcement officers and fire, rescue, and emergency medical services permitted on certain highways
    (a) Law enforcement officers acting in the course and scope of their duties may operate motorized all-terrain vehicles, as defined in G.S. 14-159.3(b) and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.24.   Motorized all-terrain vehicle use by employees of listed municipalities and counties permitted on certain highways
    (a) Municipal and county employees may operate motorized all-terrain vehicles, as defined in G.S. 14-159.3(b) and owned or leased by the agency, on: (i)...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.25.   Motorized all-terrain vehicle use by certain employees of natural gas utilities permitted on public highways and rights-of-way
    (a) Natural gas utility employees and contractors engaged in pipeline safety, leak survey, and patrolling activities, acting in the course and scope of their...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-171.26.   Motorized all-terrain vehicle use by disabled sportsmen
    (a) Persons qualified under the Disabled Sportsmen Program, pursuant to G.S. 113-296, are authorized to transverse public roadways using an all-terrain vehicle while engaging...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-172.   Pedestrians subject to traffic-control signals
    (a) The Board of Transportation, with reference to State highways, and local authorities, with reference to highways under their jurisdiction, are hereby authorized to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-173.   Pedestrians' right-of-way at crosswalks
    (a) Where traffic-control signals are not in place or in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-174.   Crossing at other than crosswalks; walking along highway
    (a) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-174.1.   Standing, sitting or lying upon highways or streets prohibited
    (a) No person shall willfully stand, sit, or lie upon the highway or street in such a manner as to impede the regular flow...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-174.2.   Local ordinances; pedestrians gathering, picketing, or protesting on roads or highways
    (a) A municipality or a county may adopt an ordinance regulating the time, place, and manner of gatherings, picket lines, or protests by pedestrians...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-175.   Pedestrians soliciting rides, employment, business or funds upon highways or streets
    (a) No person shall stand in any portion of the State highways, except upon the shoulders thereof, for the purpose of soliciting a ride...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-175.1.   Public use of white canes by other than blind persons prohibited
    It shall be unlawful for any person, except one who is wholly or partially blind, to carry or use on any street or highway,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-175.2.   Right-of-way at crossings, intersections and traffic-control signal points; white cane or guide dog to serve as signal for the blind
    At any street, road or highway crossing or intersection, where the movement of traffic is not regulated by a traffic officer or by traffic-control...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-175.3.   Rights and privileges of blind persons without white cane or guide dog
    Nothing contained in this Part shall be construed to deprive any blind or partially blind person not carrying a cane white in color or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-175.4.   Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 1330, s. 39
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-175.5.   Use of motorized wheelchairs or similar vehicles not exceeding 1000 pounds gross weight
    While a person with a mobility impairment as defined in G.S. 20-37.5 operates a motorized wheelchair or similar vehicle not exceeding 1000 pounds gross...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-175.6.   Electric personal assistive mobility devices
    (a) Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Device. - As defined in G.S. 20-4.01(7a). (b) Exempt From Registration. - As provided in G.S. 20-51. (c) Use...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-176.   Penalty for misdemeanor or infraction
    (a) Violation of a provision of Part 9, 10, 10A, or 11 of this Article is an infraction unless the violation is specifically declared...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-177.   Penalty for felony
    Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this Article herein or by the laws of this...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-178.   Penalty for bad check
    When any person, firm, or corporation shall tender to the Division any uncertified check for payment of any tax, fee or other obligation due...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-178.1.   Payment and review of civil penalty imposed by Department of Public Safety
    (a) Procedure. - A person who is assessed a civil penalty under this Article by the Department of Public Safety must pay the penalty...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-179.   Sentencing hearing after conviction for impaired driving; determination of grossly aggravating and aggravating and mitigating factors; punishments
    (a) Sentencing Hearing Required. - After a conviction under G.S. 20-138.1, G.S. 20-138.2, a second or subsequent conviction under G.S. 20-138.2A, or a second...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-179.1.   Presentence investigation of persons convicted of offense involving impaired driving
    When a person has been convicted of an offense involving impaired driving, the trial judge may request a presentence investigation to determine whether the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-179.2.   Repealed by Session Laws 1995, c. 496, s. 8
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-179.3.   Limited driving privilege
    (a) Definition of Limited Driving Privilege. - A limited driving privilege is a judgment issued in the discretion of a court for good cause...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-179.4.   Repealed by Session Laws 2009-372, s. 16, effective December 1, 2009, and applicable to offenses committed on or after that date
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-180.   Repealed by Session Laws 1973, c. 1330, s. 39
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-181.   Penalty for failure to dim, etc., beams of headlamps
    Any person operating a motor vehicle on the highways of this State, who shall fail to shift, depress, deflect, tilt or dim the beams...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-182.   Repealed by Session Laws 1983, c. 912, s. 2
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.   Duties and powers of law-enforcement officers; warning by local officers before stopping another vehicle on highway; warning tickets
    (a) It shall be the duty of the law-enforcement officers of the State and of each county, city, or other municipality to see that...

Article 3A - Safety and Emissions Inspection Program.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 754, s. 3
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.2.   Description of vehicles subject to safety or emissions inspection; definitions
    (a) Safety. - A motor vehicle is subject to a safety inspection in accordance with this Part if it meets all of the following...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.3.   Scope of safety inspection and emissions inspection
    (a) Safety. - A safety inspection of a motor vehicle consists of an inspection of the following equipment to determine if the vehicle has...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.4.   License required to perform safety inspection; qualifications for license
    (a) License Required. - A safety inspection must be performed by one of the following methods: (1) At a station that has a safety...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.4A.   License required to perform emissions inspection; qualifications for license
    (a) License Required. - An emissions inspection must be performed by one of the following methods: (1) At a station that has an emissions...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.4B.   Application for license; duration of license; renewal of mechanic license
    (a) Application. - An applicant for a license issued under this Part must complete an application form provided by the Division. The application must...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.4C.   When a vehicle must be inspected; 10-day trip permit
    (a) Inspection. - A vehicle that is subject to a safety inspection, an emissions inspection, or both must be inspected as follows: (1) A...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.4D.   Procedure when a vehicle is inspected
    (a) Receipt. - When a safety inspection mechanic or an emissions inspection mechanic inspects a vehicle, the mechanic must give the person who brought...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.5.   When a vehicle that fails an emissions inspection may obtain a waiver from the inspection requirement
    (a) Requirements. - The Division may issue a waiver for a vehicle, excluding a vehicle owned or being held for retail sale by a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.5A.   When a vehicle that fails a safety inspection because of missing emissions control devices may obtain a waiver
    (a) Requirements. - The Division may issue a waiver for a vehicle that meets all of the following requirements: (1) Fails a safety inspection...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.6.   Repealed by Session Laws 2007-503, s. 10, effective October 1, 2008, and applicable to offenses committed on or after that date
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.6A.   Administration of program; duties of license holders
    (a) Division. - The Division is responsible for administering the safety inspection and the emissions inspection programs. In exercising this responsibility, the Division must:...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.7.   Fees for performing an inspection and issuing an electronic inspection authorization to a vehicle; use of civil penalties
    (a) Fee Amount. - When a fee applies to an inspection of a vehicle or the issuance of an electronic inspection authorization, the fee...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.7A.   Penalties applicable to license holders and suspension or revocation of license for safety violations
    (a) Kinds of Violations. - The civil penalty schedule established in this section applies to safety self-inspectors, safety inspection stations, and safety inspection mechanics....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.7B.   Acts that are Type I, II, or III safety violations
    (a) Type I. - It is a Type I violation for a safety self-inspector, a safety inspection station, or a safety inspection mechanic to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.8.   Infractions and criminal offenses for violations of inspection requirements
    (a) Infractions. - A person who does any of the following commits an infraction and, if found responsible, is liable for a penalty of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.8A.   Civil penalties against motorists for emissions violations; waiver
    (a) Civil Penalties. - The Division must assess a civil penalty against a person who owns or leases a vehicle that is subject to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.8B.   Civil penalties against license holders and suspension or revocation of license for emissions violations
    (a) Kinds of Violations. - The civil penalty schedule established in this section applies to emissions self-inspectors, emissions inspection stations, and emissions inspection mechanics....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.8C.   Acts that are Type I, II, or III emissions violations
    (a) Type I. - It is a Type I violation for an emissions self-inspector, an emissions inspection station, or an emissions inspection mechanic to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.8D.   Suspension or revocation of license
    (a) Safety. - The Division may suspend or revoke a safety self-inspector license, a safety inspection station license, and a safety inspection mechanic license...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.8E.   Recodified as G.S. 20-183.8G at the direction of the Revisor of Statutes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.8F.   Requirements for giving license holders notice of violations and for taking summary action
    (a) Repealed by Session Laws 2011-145, s. 28.23B(a), effective July 1, 2011. (b) Notice of Charges. - When the Division decides to charge an...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.8G.   Administrative and judicial review
    (a) Right to Hearing. - A person who applies for a license or registration under this Part or who has a license or registration...

Article 3B - Permanent Weigh Stations and Portable Scales.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.9.   Establishment and maintenance of permanent weigh stations
    The Department of Public Safety is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to equip and operate permanent weigh stations equipped to weigh vehicles using the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.10.   Operation of the permanent weigh stations by the Department of Public Safety, State Highway Patrol Section, uniformed personnel
    The permanent weigh stations to be established pursuant to the provisions of this Article shall be operated by the Department of Public Safety, State...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.11.   Repealed by Session Laws 1995, c. 109, s. 5
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.12.   Repealed by Session Laws 1995, c. 163, s. 12

Article 3C - Vehicle Equipment Safety Compact.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.13.   Compact enacted into law; form of Compact
    The Vehicle Equipment Safety Compact is hereby enacted into law and entered into with all other jurisdictions legally joining therein in the form substantially...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.14.   Legislative findings
    The General Assembly finds that: (1) The public safety necessitates the continuous development, modernization and implementation of standards and requirements of law relating to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.15.   Approval of rules and regulations by General Assembly required
    Pursuant to Article V(e) of the Vehicle Equipment Safety Compact, it is the intention of this State and it is hereby provided that no...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.16.   Compact Commissioner
    The Commissioner of this State on the Vehicle Equipment Safety Commission shall be the Secretary of Transportation or such other officer of the Department...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.17.   Cooperation of State agencies authorized
    Within appropriations available therefor, the departments, agencies and officers of the government of this State may cooperate with and assist the Vehicle Equipment Safety...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.18.   Filing of documents
    Filing of documents as required by Article III(j) of the Compact shall be with the Secretary of State. (1963, c. 1167, s. 6.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.19.   Budget procedure
    Pursuant to Article VI(a) of the Compact, the Vehicle Equipment Safety Commission shall submit its budgets to the Director of the Budget. (1963, c....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.20.   Inspection of financial records of Commission
    Pursuant to Article VI(e) of the Compact, the operations of the Vehicle Equipment Safety Commission shall be subject to the oversight of the State...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-183.21.   "Executive head" defined
    The term "executive head" as used in Article IX(b) of the Compact shall, with reference to this State, mean the Governor. (1963, c. 1167,...

Article 4 - State Highway Patrol.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-184.   Patrol under supervision of Department of Public Safety
    The Secretary of Public Safety, under the direction of the Governor, shall have supervision, direction and control of the State Highway Patrol. The Secretary...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-185.   Personnel; appointment; salaries
    (a) The State Highway Patrol shall consist of a commanding officer, who shall be appointed by the Governor and whose rank shall be designated...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-186.   Oath of office
    Each member of the State Highway Patrol shall subscribe and file with the Secretary of Public Safety an oath of office for the faithful...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-187.   Orders and rules for organization and conduct
    The Secretary of Public Safety is authorized and empowered to make all necessary orders, rules and regulations for the organization, assignment, and conduct of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-187.1.   Awards
    (a) The patrol commander shall appoint an awards committee consisting of one troop commander, one troop executive officer, one district sergeant, one corporal, two...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-187.2.   Badges and service side arms of deceased or retiring members of State, city and county law-enforcement agencies; weapons of active members
    (a) Surviving spouses, or in the event such members die unsurvived by a spouse, surviving children of members of North Carolina State, city and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-187.3.   Quotas prohibited
    (a) The Secretary of Public Safety shall not make or permit to be made any order, rule, or regulation requiring the issuance of any...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-188.   Duties of Highway Patrol
    The State Highway Patrol shall be subject to such orders, rules and regulations as may be adopted by the Secretary of Public Safety, with...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-189.   Patrolmen assigned to Governor's office
    The Secretary of Public Safety, at the request of the Governor, shall assign and attach two members of the State Highway Patrol to the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-190.   Uniforms; motor vehicles and arms; expense incurred; color of vehicle
    The Department of Public Safety shall adopt some distinguishing uniform for the members of said State Highway Patrol, and furnish each member of the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-190.1.   Patrol vehicles to have sirens; sounding siren
    Every motor vehicle operated on the highways of the State by officers and members of the State Highway Patrol shall be equipped with a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-190.2.   Signs showing highways patrolled by unmarked vehicles
    The Department of Transportation shall erect or cause to be erected signs at all points where paved highways enter this State from adjacent states...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-190.3.   Assignment of new highway patrol cars
    All new highway patrol cars, whether marked or unmarked, placed in service after July 1, 1985, shall be assigned to all members of the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-191.   Use of facilities
    Office space and other equipment and facilities of the Division of Motor Vehicles, Department of Transportation, presently being used by the State Highway Patrol...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-192.   Shifting of personnel from one district to another
    The commanding officer of the State Highway Patrol under such rules and regulations as the Department of Public Safety may prescribe shall have authority...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-193.   Repealed by Session Laws 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 761, s. 18
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-194.   Defense of members and other State law-enforcement officers in civil actions; payment of judgments
    (a) Repealed by Session Laws 2011-145, s. 28.27(d), effective July 1, 2011. (b) In the event that a member of the Highway Patrol or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-195.   Cooperation between Patrol and local officers
    The Secretary of Public Safety with the approval of the Governor, through the State Highway Patrol Section, shall encourage the cooperation between the Highway...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-196.   Statewide radio system authorized; use of telephone lines in emergencies
    The Secretary of Public Safety, through the State Highway Patrol Section is hereby authorized and directed to set up and maintain a statewide radio...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-196.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1998-212, s. 19.6(a)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-196.2.   Use of aircraft to discover certain motor vehicle violations; declaration of policy
    The State Highway Patrol is hereby permitted the use of aircraft to discover violations of Part 10 of Article 3 of Chapter 20 of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-196.3.   Who may hold supervisory positions over sworn members of the Patrol
    Notwithstanding any other provision of the General Statutes, only the following individuals may hold a supervisory position over sworn members of the Patrol: (1)...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-196.4.   Oversized and hazardous shipment escort fee
    (a) Every person, firm, corporation, or entity required by the North Carolina Department of Transportation or any federal agency or commission to have a...

Article 5 - Enforcement of Collection of Judgments against Irresponsible Drivers of Motor Vehicles.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-197 through 20-211.   Repealed by Session Laws 1947, c. 1006, s. 58

Article 6 - Giving Publicity to Highway Traffic Laws through the Public Schools.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-212 through 20-215.   Repealed by Session Laws 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 761, s. 19

Article 6A - Motor Carriers of Migratory Farm Workers.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-215.1.   Definitions
    The following definitions apply in this Article: (1) Migratory farm worker. - An individual who is employed in agriculture. (2) Motor carrier of migratory...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-215.2.   Power to regulate; rules and regulations establishing minimum standards
    Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Chapter the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, hereinafter referred to as "Division," is hereby vested with the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-215.3.   Repealed by Session Laws 1985, c. 454, s. 8
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-215.4.   Violation of regulations a misdemeanor
    The violation of any rule or regulation promulgated by the Division hereunder by any person, firm or corporation shall be a Class 3 misdemeanor....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-215.5.   Duties and powers of law-enforcement officers
    It shall be the duty of the law-enforcement officers of the State, and of each county, city or town, to enforce the rules promulgated...

Article 7 - Miscellaneous Provisions Relating to Motor Vehicles.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-216.   Passing horses or other draft animals
    Any person operating a motor vehicle shall use reasonable care when approaching or passing a horse or other draft animal whether ridden or otherwise...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-217.   Motor vehicles to stop for properly marked and designated school buses in certain instances; evidence of identity of driver
    (a) When a school bus is displaying its mechanical stop signal or flashing red lights and the bus is stopped for the purpose of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-217.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1983, c. 779, s. 2
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-218.   Standard qualifications for school bus drivers; speed limit for school buses and school activity buses
    (a) Qualifications. - No person shall drive a school bus over the highways or public vehicular areas of North Carolina while it is occupied...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-218.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 761, s. 21
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-218.2.   Speed limit for nonprofit activity buses
    It is unlawful to drive an activity bus that is owned by a nonprofit organization and is transporting persons in connection with nonprofit activities...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.   Repealed by Session Laws 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 761, s. 24
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1971, c. 294, s. 2
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.2.   Removal of unauthorized vehicles from private lots
    (a) It shall be unlawful for any person other than the owner or lessee of a privately owned or leased parking space to park...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.3.   Removal of unauthorized vehicles from gasoline service station premises
    (a) No motor vehicle shall be left for more than 48 hours upon the premises of any gasoline service station without the consent of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.4.   Public vehicular area designated
    (a) Any area of private property used for vehicular traffic may be designated by the property owner as a public vehicular area by registering...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.5 through 20-219.8.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 7A - Post-Towing Procedures.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.9.   Definitions
    As used in this Article, unless the context clearly requires otherwise: (1) "Tow" in any of its forms includes to remove a vehicle by...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.10.   Coverage of Article
    (a) This Article applies to each towing of a vehicle that is carried out pursuant to G.S. 115C-46(d) or G.S. 143-340(19), or pursuant to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.11.   Notice and probable cause hearing
    (a) Whenever a vehicle with a valid registration plate or registration is towed as provided in G.S. 20-219.10, the authorizing person shall immediately notify...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.12.   Option to pay or post bond
    At any stage in the proceedings, including before the probable cause hearing, the owner may obtain possession of his vehicle by: (1) Paying the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.13.   Hearing on lien
    The tower may seek to enforce his lien or the owner may seek to contest the lien pursuant to Chapter 44A. (1983, c. 420,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.14.   Payment to tower guaranteed
    Every agency whose law-enforcement officers act pursuant to this Article, G.S. 115D-21, 116-44.4, 116-229, 153A-132, or 160A-303 shall by contract or rules provide compensation...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.15.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.16.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.17.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.18.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.19.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 7B - Notification of Towing.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-219.20.   Requirement to give notice of vehicle towing
    (a) Whenever a vehicle is towed at the request of a person other than the owner or operator of the vehicle, the tower shall...

Article 8 - Habitual Offenders.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-220 through 20-231.   Repealed by Session Laws 1977, c. 243, s. 1

Article 8A - Issuance of New Licenses to Persons Adjudged Habitual Offenders.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-231.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 761, s. 25

Article 9 - Motor Vehicle Safety and Financial Responsibility Act.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-232 through 20-279.   Repealed by Session Laws 1953, c. 1300, s. 35

Article 9A - Motor Vehicle Safety and Financial Responsibility Act of 1953.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.1.   Definitions
    The following words and phrases, when used in this Article, shall, for the purposes of this Article, have the meanings respectively ascribed to them...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.2.   Commissioner to administer Article; appeal to court
    (a) The Commissioner shall administer and enforce the provisions of this Article and may make rules and regulations necessary for its administration and shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.3.   Commissioner to furnish operating record
    The Commissioner shall upon request furnish any person a certified abstract of the operating record of any person required to comply with the provisions...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.4.   Repealed by Session Laws 1995, c. 191, s. 4
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.5.   Security required unless evidence of insurance; when security determined; suspension; exceptions
    (a) When the Division receives a report of a reportable accident under G.S. 20-166.1, the Commissioner must determine whether the owner or driver of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.6.   Further exceptions to requirement of security
    The requirements as to security and suspension in G.S. 20-279.5 shall not apply: (1) To the operator or the owner of a motor vehicle...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.6A.   Minors
    In determining whether or not any of the exceptions set forth in G.S. 20-279.6 have been satisfied, in the case of accidents involving minors,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.7.   Duration of suspension
    The license and nonresident's operating privilege suspended as provided in G.S. 20-279.5 shall remain so suspended and shall not be renewed nor shall any...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.7A.   Forms to carry statement concerning perjury
    A person who makes a false affidavit or falsely sworn or affirmed statement concerning information required to be submitted under this Article commits a...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.8.   Application to nonresidents, unlicensed drivers, unregistered motor vehicles and accidents in other states
    (a) In case the operator or the owner of a motor vehicle involved in an accident within this State has no license, or is...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.9.   Form and amount of security
    The security required under this Article shall be in such form and in such amount as the Commissioner may require but in no case...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.10.   Custody, disposition and return of security; escheat
    (a) Security deposited in compliance with the requirements of this Article shall be placed by the Commissioner in the custody of the State Treasurer...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.11.   Matters not to be evidence in civil suits
    Neither the information on financial responsibility contained in an accident report, the action taken by the Commissioner pursuant to this Article, the findings, if...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.12.   Courts to report nonpayment of judgments
    Whenever any person fails within 60 days to satisfy any judgment, upon the written request of the judgment creditor or his attorney it shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.13.   Suspension for nonpayment of judgment; exceptions
    (a) The Commissioner, upon the receipt of a certified copy of a judgment, which has remained unsatisfied for a period of 60 days, shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.14.   Suspension to continue until judgments satisfied
    Such license and nonresident's operating privilege shall remain so suspended and shall not be renewed, nor shall any such license be thereafter issued in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.15.   Payment sufficient to satisfy requirements
    In addition to other methods of satisfaction provided by law, judgments herein referred to shall, for the purpose of this Article, be deemed satisfied:...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.16.   Installment payment of judgments; default
    (a) A judgment debtor upon due notice to the judgment creditor may apply to the court in which such judgment was rendered for the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.17.   Repealed by Session Laws 1967, c. 866
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.18.   Alternate methods of giving proof
    Proof of financial responsibility when required under this Article with respect to a motor vehicle or with respect to a person who is not...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.19.   Certificate of insurance as proof
    Proof of financial responsibility may be furnished by filing with the Commissioner the written certificate of any insurance carrier duly authorized to do business...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.20.   Certificate furnished by nonresident as proof
    (a) The nonresident owner of a motor vehicle not registered in this State may give proof of financial responsibility by filing with the Commissioner...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.21.   "Motor vehicle liability policy" defined
    (a) A "motor vehicle liability policy" as said term is used in this Article shall mean an owner's or an operator's policy of liability...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.22.   Notice of cancellation or termination of certified policy
    When an insurance carrier has certified a motor vehicle liability policy under G.S. 20-279.19 or a policy under G.S. 20-279.20, the insurance so certified...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.23.   Article not to affect other policies
    (a) This Article shall not be held to apply to or affect policies of automobile insurance against liability which may now or hereafter be...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.24.   Bond as proof
    (a) Proof of financial responsibility may be furnished by filing with the Commissioner the bond of a surety company duly authorized to transact business...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.25.   Money or securities as proof
    (a) Proof of financial responsibility may be evidenced by the certificate of the State Treasurer that the person named therein has deposited with him...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.26.   Owner may give proof for others
    Whenever any person required to give proof of financial responsibility hereunder is or later becomes an operator in the employ of any owner, or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.27.   Substitution of proof
    The Commissioner shall consent to the cancellation of any bond or certificate of insurance or the Commissioner shall direct and the State Treasurer shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.28.   Other proof may be required
    Whenever any proof of financial responsibility filed under the provisions of this Article no longer fulfills the purposes for which required, the Commissioner shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.29.   Duration of proof; when proof may be canceled or returned
    The Commissioner shall upon request consent to the immediate cancellation of any bond or certificate of insurance, or the Commissioner shall direct and the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.30.   Surrender of license
    Any person whose license shall have been suspended as herein provided, or whose policy of insurance or bond, when required under this Article, shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.31.   Other violations; penalties
    (a) The Commissioner shall suspend the license of a person who fails to report a reportable accident, as required by G.S. 20-166.1, until the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.32.   Exceptions
    This Article does not apply to a motor vehicle registered under G.S. 20-382 by a for-hire motor carrier. This Article does not apply to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.32A.   Exception of school bus drivers
    The provisions of this Article shall not apply to school bus drivers with respect to accidents or collisions in which they are involved while...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.33.   Self-insurers
    (a) Any person in whose name more than 25 motor vehicles are registered may qualify as a self-insurer by obtaining a certificate of self-insurance...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.33A.   Religious organizations; self-insurance
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article or Article 13 of this Chapter, any recognized religious organization having established tenets or teachings and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.34.   Repealed by Session Laws 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 761, s. 27
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.35.   Supplemental to motor vehicle laws; repeal of laws in conflict
    This Article shall in no respect be considered as a repeal of any of the motor vehicle laws of this State but shall be...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.36.   Past application of Article
    This Article shall not apply with respect to any accident, or judgment arising therefrom, or violation of the motor vehicle laws of this State,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.37.   Article not to prevent other process
    Nothing in this Article shall be construed as preventing the plaintiff in any action at law from relying for relief upon the other processes...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.38.   Uniformity of interpretation
    This Article shall be so interpreted and construed as to effectuate its general purpose to make uniform the laws of those states which enact...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-279.39.   Title of Article
    This Article may be cited as the "Motor Vehicle Safety-Responsibility Act of 1953." (1953, c. 1300, s. 41.)

Article 10 - Financial Responsibility of Taxicab Operators.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-280.   Filing proof of financial responsibility with governing board of municipality or county
    (a) Within 30 days after March 27, 1951, every person, firm or corporation engaging in the business of operating a taxicab or taxicabs within...

Article 11 - Liability Insurance Required of Persons Engaged in Renting Motor Vehicles.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-281.   Liability insurance prerequisite to engaging in business; coverage of policy
    From and after July 1, 1953, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to engage in the business of renting or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-282.   Cooperation in enforcement of Article
    The provisions of this Article shall be enforced by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles in cooperation with the Commissioner of Insurance, the North Carolina...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-283.   Compliance with Article prerequisite to issuance of license plates
    No license plates shall be issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles to operate a motor vehicle, for lease or rent for operation by...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-284.   Violation a misdemeanor
    Any person, firm or corporation violating the provisions of this Article shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. (1953, c. 1017, s. 4;...

Article 12 - Motor Vehicle Dealers and Manufacturers Licensing Law.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-285.   Regulation of motor vehicle distribution in public interest
    The General Assembly finds and declares that the distribution of motor vehicles in the State of North Carolina vitally affects the general economy of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-286.   Definitions
    The following definitions apply in this Article: (1), (2) Repealed by Session Law 1973, c. 1330, s. 39. (2a) Dealership facilities. - The real...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-287.   Licenses required; penalties
    (a) License Required. - It shall be unlawful for any new motor vehicle dealer, used motor vehicle dealer, motor vehicle sales representative, manufacturer, factory...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-288.   Application for license; license requirements; expiration of license; bond
    (a) A new motor vehicle dealer, motor vehicle sales representative, manufacturer, factory branch, factory representative, distributor, distributor branch, distributor representative, or wholesaler may obtain...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-289.   License fees
    (a) The license fee for each fiscal year, or part thereof, shall be as follows: (1) For motor vehicle dealers, distributors, distributor branches, and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-290.   Licenses to specify places of business; display of license and list of salesmen; advertising
    (a) The license of a motor vehicle dealer shall list each of the dealer's established salesrooms in this State. A license of a manufacturer,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-291.   Representatives to carry license and display it on request; license to name employer
    Every person to whom a sales representative, factory representative, or distributor representative license is issued shall carry the license when engaged in business, and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-292.   Dealers may display motor vehicles for sale at retail only at established salesrooms
    A new or used motor vehicle dealer may display a motor vehicle for sale at retail only at the dealer's established salesroom, unless the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-292.1.   Supplemental temporary license for sale of antique and specialty vehicles
    Any dealer licensed as a motor vehicle dealer under this Article may apply to the Commissioner and receive, at no additional charge, a supplemental...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-293.   Repealed by Session Laws 1993, c. 440, s. 10
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-294.   Grounds for denying, suspending or revoking licenses
    The Division may deny, suspend, or revoke a license issued under this Article for any one or more of the following grounds: (1) Making...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-295.   Action on application
    The Division shall either grant or deny an application for a license within 30 days after receiving it. Any applicant denied a license shall,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-296.   Notice and hearing upon denial, suspension, revocation or refusal to renew license
    No license shall be suspended or revoked or denied, or renewal thereof refused, until a written notice of the complaint made has been furnished...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-297.   Retention and inspection of certain records
    (a) Vehicles. - A dealer must keep a record of all vehicles received by the dealer and all vehicles sold by the dealer. The...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-297.1.   Franchise-related form agreements
    (a) All franchise-related form agreements, as defined in this subsection, offered to a motor vehicle dealer in this State shall provide that all terms...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-298.   Insurance
    It shall be unlawful for any dealer or salesman or any employee of any dealer, to coerce or offer anything of value to any...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-299.   Acts of officers, directors, partners, salesmen and other representatives
    (a) If a licensee is a copartnership or a corporation, it shall be sufficient cause for the denial, suspension or revocation of a license...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-300.   Appeals from actions of Commissioner
    Appeals from actions of the Commissioner shall be governed by the provisions of Chapter 150B of the General Statutes. (1955, c. 1243, s. 16;...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-301.   Powers of Commissioner
    (a) The Commissioner shall promote the interests of the retail buyer of motor vehicles. (b) The Commissioner shall have power to prevent unfair methods...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-301.1.   Notice of additional charges against dealer's account; informal appeals procedure
    (a) Notwithstanding the terms of any contract, franchise, novation, or agreement, it shall be unlawful for any manufacturer, factory branch, distributor, or distributor branch...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-302.   Rules and regulations
    The Commissioner may make such rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Article, as he shall deem necessary or proper for...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-303.   Installment sales to be evidenced by written instrument; statement to be delivered to buyer
    (a) Every retail installment sale shall be evidenced by one or more instruments in writing, which shall contain all the agreements of the parties...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-304.   Coercion of retail dealer by manufacturer or distributor in connection with installment sales contract prohibited
    (a) It shall be unlawful for any manufacturer, wholesaler or distributor, or any officer, agent or representative of either, to coerce, or attempt to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-305.   Coercing dealer to accept commodities not ordered; threatening to cancel franchise; preventing transfer of ownership; granting additional franchises; terminating franchises without good cause; preventing family succession
    It shall be unlawful for any manufacturer, factory branch, distributor, or distributor branch, or any field representative, officer, agent, or any representative whatsoever of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-305.1.   Automobile dealer warranty obligations
    (a) Each motor vehicle manufacturer, factory branch, distributor or distributor branch, shall specify in writing to each of its motor vehicle dealers licensed in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-305.2.   Unfair methods of competition
    (a) It is unlawful for any motor vehicle manufacturer, factory branch, distributor, distributor branch, or subsidiary thereof, to directly or indirectly through any subsidiary...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-305.3.   Hearing notice
    In every case of a hearing before the Commissioner authorized under this Article, the Commissioner shall give reasonable notice of each such hearing to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-305.4.   Motor Vehicle Dealers' Advisory Board
    (a) The Motor Vehicle Dealers' Advisory Board shall consist of six members; three of which shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-305.5.   Sections 20-305, subdivisions (4) through (28), and 20-305.1 to 20-305.4 not applicable to certain manufacturers and dealers
    The provisions of G.S. 20-305(4) through G.S. 20-305(28) and 20-305.1 to 20-305.4 shall not apply to manufacturers of, or dealers in, mobile or manufactured...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-305.6.   Unlawful for manufacturers to unfairly discriminate among dealers
    Notwithstanding the terms of any contract, franchise, novation, or agreement, it shall be unlawful for any manufacturer, factory branch, distributor, or distributor branch to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-305.7.   Protecting dealership data and consent to access dealership information
    (a) Except as expressly authorized in this section, no manufacturer, factory branch, distributor, or distributor branch shall require a new motor vehicle dealer to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-306.   Unlawful for salesman to sell except for his employer; multiple employment; persons who arrange transactions involving the sale of new motor vehicles
    It shall be unlawful for any motor vehicle salesman licensed under this Article to sell or exchange or offer or attempt to sell or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-307.   Article applicable to existing and future franchises and contracts
    The provisions of this Article shall be applicable to all franchises and contracts existing between dealers and manufacturers, factory branches, and distributors at the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-307.1.   Jurisdiction
    A franchisee who is substantially and primarily engaged in the sale of motor vehicles or parts, materials, or components of motor vehicles, including batteries,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-308.   Penalties
    Any person violating any of the provisions of this Article, except for G.S. 20-305.7, shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. (1955, c....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-308.1.   Civil actions for violations
    (a) Notwithstanding the terms, provisions or conditions of any agreement or franchise or other terms or provisions of any novation, waiver or other written...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-308.2.   Applicability of this Article
    (a) Any person who engages directly or indirectly in purposeful contacts within this State in connection with the offering or advertising for sale, or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-308.3 through 20-308.12.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 12A - Motor Vehicle Captive Finance Source Law.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-308.13.   Regulation of motor vehicle captive finance sources
    The General Assembly finds and declares that the distribution of motor vehicles in the State of North Carolina vitally affects the general economy of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-308.14.   Definitions
    The definitions contained in G.S. 20-286 shall be applicable to the provisions of this Article. (2005-409, s. 3.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-308.15.   Prohibited contractual requirements imposed by manufacturer, distributor, or captive finance source
    It shall be unlawful for any manufacturer, factory branch, captive finance source, distributor, or distributor branch, or any field representative, officer, agent, or any...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-308.16.   Powers of Commissioner
    (a) The Commissioner shall promote the interests of the retail buyer of motor vehicles. (b) The Commissioner shall have power to prevent unfair or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-308.17.   Rules and regulations
    The Commissioner may make such rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Article, as he shall deem necessary or proper for...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-308.18.   Hearing notice
    In every case of a hearing before the Commissioner authorized under this Article, the Commissioner shall give reasonable notice of each such hearing to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-308.19.   Article applicable to existing and future agreements
    The provisions of this Article shall be applicable to all contracts and agreements existing between dealers and captive finance sources at the time of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-308.20.   Jurisdiction
    A new motor vehicle dealer located in this State may bring suit against any captive finance source engaged in commerce in this State in...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-308.21.   Civil actions for violations
    (a) Notwithstanding the terms, provisions, or conditions of any agreement or other terms or provisions of any novation, waiver, arbitration agreement, or other written...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-308.22.   Applicability of this Article
    (a) Any captive finance source who engages directly or indirectly in purposeful contacts within this State in connection with the offering or advertising the...

Article 13 - The Vehicle Financial Responsibility Act of 1957.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-309.   Financial responsibility prerequisite to registration; must be maintained throughout registration period
    (a) No motor vehicle shall be registered in this State unless the owner at the time of registration provides proof of financial responsibility for...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-309.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 761, s. 28
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-309.2.   Insurer shall notify Division of actions on insurance policies
    (a) Notice Required. - An insurer shall notify the Division upon any of the following with regard to a motor vehicle liability policy: (1)...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-310.   Repealed by Session Laws 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 761, s. 29
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-310.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 1963, c. 964, s. 3
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-310.2.   Repealed by Session Laws 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 761, s. 31
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-311.   Action by the Division when notified of a lapse in financial responsibility
    (a) Action. - When the Division receives evidence, by a notice of termination of a motor vehicle liability policy or otherwise, that the owner...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-312.   Repealed by Session Laws 2006-213, s. 5, effective July 1, 2008, and applicable to lapses occurring on or after that date
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-313.   Operation of motor vehicle without financial responsibility a misdemeanor
    (a) On or after July 1, 1963, any owner of a motor vehicle registered or required to be registered in this State who shall...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-313.1.   Making false certification or giving false information a misdemeanor
    (a) Any owner of a motor vehicle registered or required to be registered in this State who shall make a false certification concerning his...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-314.   Applicability of Article 9A; its provisions continued
    The provisions of Article 9A, Chapter 20 of the General Statutes, as amended, which pertain to the method of giving and maintaining proof of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-315.   Commissioner to administer Article; rules and regulations
    The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall administer and enforce the provisions of this Article relating to registration of motor vehicles and may make necessary...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-316.   Divisional hearings upon lapse of liability insurance coverage
    Any person whose registration plate has been revoked under G.S. 20-311 may request a hearing. Upon receipt of such request, the Division shall, as...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-316.1.   Repealed by Session Laws 2006-213, s. 5, effective July 1, 2008, and applicable to lapses occurring on or after that date
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-317.   Insurance required by any other law; certain operators not affected
    This Article shall not be held to apply to or affect policies of automobile insurance against liability which may now or hereafter be required...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-318.   Federal, State and political subdivision vehicles excepted
    This Article does not apply to any motor vehicle owned by the State of North Carolina or by a political subdivision of the State,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-319.   Effective date
    This Article shall be effective from and after January 1, 1958. (1957, c. 1393, s. 12; 1961, c. 276.)

Article 13A - Certification of Automobile Insurance Coverage by Insurance Companies.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-319.1.   Company to forward certification within seven days after receipt of request
    Upon the receipt by an insurance company at its home office of a registered letter from an insured requesting that it certify to the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-319.2.   Penalty for failure to forward certification
    If any insurance company shall without good cause fail to forward said certification within seven days after its receipt of such registered letter, the...

Article 14 - Driver Training School Licensing Law.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-320.   Definitions
    As used in this Article: (1) "Commercial driver training school" or "school" means a business enterprise conducted by an individual, association, partnership or corporation...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-321.   Enforcement of Article by Commissioner
    (a) The Commissioner shall adopt and prescribe such regulations concerning the administration and enforcement of this Article as are necessary to protect the public....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-322.   Licenses for schools necessary; regulations as to requirements
    (a) No commercial driver training school shall be established nor any such existing school be continued on or after July 1, 1965, unless such...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-323.   Licenses for instructors necessary; regulations as to requirements
    (a) No person shall act as an instructor on or after July 1, 1965, unless such person applies for and obtains from the Commissioner...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-324.   Expiration and renewal of licenses; fees
    (a) Renewal. - A license issued under this Article expires two years after the date the license is issued. To renew a license, the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-325.   Cancellation, suspension, revocation, and refusal to issue or renew licenses
    The Commissioner may cancel, suspend, revoke, or refuse to issue or renew a school or instructor's license in any case where he finds the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-326.   Exemptions from Article
    The provisions of this Article shall not apply to any person giving driver training lessons without charge, to employers maintaining driver training schools without...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-327.   Penalties for violating Article or regulations
    Violation of any provision of this Article or any regulation promulgated pursuant hereto, shall constitute a Class 3 misdemeanor. (1965, c. 873; 1993, c....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-328.   Administration of Article
    This Article shall be administered by the Division of Motor Vehicles with no additional appropriations. (1965, c. 873; 1973, c. 440; 1975, c. 716,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-329 through 20-339.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 15 - Vehicle Mileage Act.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-340.   Purpose
    This Article shall provide State remedies for persons injured by motor vehicle odometer alteration, and to provide purchasers of motor vehicles with information to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-341.   Definitions
    As used in this Article: (1) The term "odometer" means an instrument for measuring and recording the actual distance a motor vehicle travels while...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-342.   Unlawful devices
    It is unlawful for any person knowingly to advertise for sale, to sell, to use, or to install or to have installed, any device...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-343.   Unlawful change of mileage
    It is unlawful for any person or his agent to disconnect, reset, or alter the odometer of any motor vehicle with the intent to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-344.   Operation of vehicle with intent to defraud
    It is unlawful for any person with the intent to defraud to operate a motor vehicle on any street or highway knowing that the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-345.   Conspiracy
    No person shall conspire with any other person to violate G.S. 20-342, 20-343, 20-344, 20-346, 20-347, or 20-347.1. (1973, c. 679, s. 1; 1989,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-346.   Lawful service, repair, or replacement of odometer
    Nothing in this Article shall prevent the service, repair, or replacement of an odometer, provided the mileage indicated thereon remains the same as before...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-347.   Disclosure requirements
    (a) In connection with the transfer of a motor vehicle, the transferor shall disclose the mileage to the transferee in writing on the title...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-347.1.   Odometer disclosure record retention
    (a) Dealers and distributors of motor vehicles who are required by this Part to execute an odometer disclosure statement shall retain, for five years,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-348.   Private civil action
    (a) Any person who, with intent to defraud, violates any requirement imposed under this Article shall be liable in an amount equal to the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-349.   Injunctive enforcement
    Upon petition by the Attorney General of North Carolina, a violation of this Article may be enjoined as an unfair and deceptive trade practice,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-350.   Criminal offense
    Any person, firm or corporation violating G.S. 20-343 shall be guilty of a Class I felony. A violation of any remaining provision of this...

Article 15A - New Motor Vehicles Warranties Act.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-351.   Purpose
    This Article shall provide State and private remedies against motor vehicle manufacturers for persons injured by new motor vehicles failing to conform to express...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-351.1.   Definitions
    As used in this Article: (1) "Consumer" means the purchaser, other than for purposes of resale, or lessee from a commercial lender, lessor, or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-351.2.   Require repairs; when mileage warranty begins to accrue
    (a) Express warranties for a new motor vehicle shall remain in effect at least one year or 12,000 miles. If a new motor vehicle...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-351.3.   Replacement or refund; disclosure requirement
    (a) When the consumer is the purchaser or a person entitled by the terms of the express warranty to enforce the obligations of the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-351.4.   Affirmative defenses
    It is an affirmative defense to any claim under this Article that an alleged nonconformity or series of nonconformities are the result of abuse,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-351.5.   Presumption
    (a) It is presumed that a reasonable number of attempts have been undertaken to conform a motor vehicle to the applicable express warranties if:...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-351.6.   Civil action by the Attorney General
    Whenever, in his opinion, the interests of the public require it, it shall be the duty of the Attorney General upon his ascertaining that...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-351.7.   Civil action by the consumer
    A consumer injured by reason of any violation of the provisions of this Article may bring a civil action against the manufacturer; provided, however,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-351.8.   Remedies
    In any action brought under this Article, the court may grant as relief: (1) A permanent or temporary injunction or other equitable relief as...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-351.9.   Dealership liability
    No authorized dealer shall be held liable by the manufacturer for any refunds or vehicle replacements in the absence of evidence indicating that dealership...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-351.10.   Preservation of other remedies
    This Article does not limit the rights or remedies which are otherwise available to a consumer under any other law. (1987, c. 385.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-351.11.   Manufacturer's warranty for State motor vehicles that operate on diesel fuel
    Every new motor vehicle purchased by the State that is designed to operate on diesel fuel shall be covered by an express manufacturer's warranty...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-352.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-353.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 15B - North Carolina Motor Vehicle Repair Act.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-354.   Short title
    This act shall be known and may be cited as the "North Carolina Motor Vehicle Repair Act." (1999-437, s. 1.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-354.1.   Scope and application
    This act shall apply to all motor vehicle repair shops in North Carolina, except: (1) Any motor vehicle repair shop of a municipal, county,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-354.2.   Definitions
    As used in this act: (1) "Customer" means the person who signs the written repair estimate or any other person whom that person designates...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-354.3.   Written motor vehicle repair estimate and disclosure statement required
    (a) When any customer requests a motor vehicle repair shop to perform repair work on a motor vehicle, the cost of which repair work...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-354.4.   Charges for motor vehicle repair estimate; requirement of waiver of rights prohibited
    (a) Before proceeding with preparing an estimate, the shop shall do both of the following: (1) Disclose to the customer the amount, if any,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-354.5.   Notification of charges in excess of repair estimate; prohibited charges; refusal to return vehicle prohibited; inspection of parts
    (a) In the event that any of the following applies, the customer shall be promptly notified by telephone, telegraph, mail, or other means of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-354.6.   Invoice required of motor vehicle repair shop
    The motor vehicle repair shop shall provide each customer, upon completion of any repair, with a legible copy of an invoice for such repair....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-354.7.   Required disclosure; signs; notice to customers
    A sign, at least 24 inches on each side, shall be posted in a manner conspicuous to the public. The sign shall contain: (1)...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-354.8.   Prohibited acts and practices
    It shall be a violation of this Article for any motor vehicle repair shop or employee of a motor vehicle repair shop to do...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-354.9.   Remedies
    Any customer injured by a violation of this Article may bring an action in the appropriate court for relief. The prevailing party in that...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-354.10 through 20-355.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 16 - Professional Housemoving.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-356.   Definitions
    As used in this Article, the following terms mean: (1) Department. - The Department of Transportation. (2) House. - A dwelling, building, or other...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-357.   Housemovers to be licensed
    All persons who engage in the profession of housemoving on roads and highways on the State Highway System shall be licensed by the Department....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-358.   Qualifications to become licensed
    The Department shall issue annual printed licenses to applicants meeting the following conditions: (1) The applicant must be at least 21 years of age;...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-359.   Effective period of license
    A license issued hereunder shall be effective from date of issuance and expire on July 31 of each year and shall be renewable on...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-359.1.   Insurance requirements
    (a) No license shall be issued or renewed pursuant to this Article unless the applicant files with the Department a certificate or certificates of...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-360.   Requirements for permit
    (a) Persons licensed as professional housemovers shall also be required to secure a permit from the Department for every move undertaken on the State...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-361.   Application for permit and permit fee
    Application for a permit to move a structure must be made to the division or district engineer having jurisdiction at least two days prior...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-362.   Liability of housemovers
    The permittee assumes all responsibility for injury to persons or damage to property of any kind and agrees to hold the Department harmless for...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-363.   Removal and replacement of obstructions
    All obstructions, including mailboxes, traffic signals, signs, and utility lines will be removed immediately prior to and replaced immediately after the move at the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-364.   Route changes
    Irrespective of the route shown on the permit, an alternate route will be followed: (1) If directed by a peace officer. (2) If directed...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-365.   Loading or parking on right-of-way
    The object to be transported will not be loaded, unloaded, nor parked, day or night, on highway right-of-way without specific permission from the district...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-366.   Effect of weather
    No move will be made when atmospheric conditions render visibility lower than safe for travel. Moves will not be made when highway is covered...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-367.   Obtaining license or permit by fraud
    The permit may be voided if any conditions of the permit are violated. Upon any violation, the permit must be surrendered and a new...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-368.   Municipal regulations
    All moves on streets on the municipal system of streets shall comply with local regulations. (1977, c. 720, s. 13.)
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-369.   Out-of-state licenses and permits
    An out-of-state person, partnership, or corporation engaging in the structural moving business may apply to the Department for a license to engage in the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-370.   Speed limits
    The speed of moves will be that which is reasonable and prudent for the load, considering weight and bulk, under conditions existing at the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-371.   Penalties
    (a) Any person violating the provisions of this Article or the regulations of the Department governing housemoving shall be guilty of a Class 1...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-372.   Invalid section; severability
    If any of the provisions of this Article, or if the application of such provisions to any person or circumstance shall be held invalid,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-373.   Reserved for future codification purposes
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-374.   Unsafe practices
    (a) If the Department determines that a housemover has engaged in unsafe practices, all licenses, permits, and authorizations issued to the person pursuant to...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-375.   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 17 - Motor Carrier Safety Regulation Unit.

  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-376.   Definitions
    The following definitions apply in this Article: (1) Federal safety and hazardous materials regulations. - The federal motor carrier safety regulations contained in 49...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-377.   General powers of Department of Public Safety
    The Department of Public Safety shall have and exercise such general power and authority to supervise and control the motor carriers of the State...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-378.   Repealed by Session Laws 1995 (Regular Session, 1996), c. 756, s. 21
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-379.   Department of Public Safety to audit motor carriers for compliance
    The Department of Public Safety must periodically audit each motor carrier to determine if the carrier is complying with this Article and, if the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-380.   Department of Public Safety may investigate accidents involving motor carriers and promote general safety program
    The Department of Public Safety may conduct a program of accident prevention and public safety covering all motor carriers with special emphasis on highway...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-381.   Specific powers and duties of Department of Public Safety applicable to motor carriers; agricultural exemption
    (a) The Department of Public Safety has the following powers and duties concerning motor carriers: (1) To prescribe qualifications and maximum hours of service...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-382.   For-hire motor carrier registration, insurance verification, and temporary trip permit authority
    (a) UCRA. - The Commissioner may enter into the Unified Carrier Registration Agreement (UCRA), established pursuant to Section 4305 of Public Law 109-73, and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-382.1.   Registration of for-hire intrastate motor carriers and verification that their vehicles are insured
    (a) Registration. - A for-hire motor carrier may not operate a for-hire motor vehicle in intrastate commerce in this State unless the motor carrier...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-382.2.   Penalty for failure to comply with registration or insurance verification requirements
    (a) Acts. - A motor carrier who does any of the following is subject to a civil penalty of one thousand dollars ($1,000): (1)...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-383.   Inspectors and officers given enforcement authority
    Only designated inspectors, officers, and personnel of the Department of Public Safety shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of this Article and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-384.   Penalty for certain violations
    A motor carrier who fails to conduct a safety inspection of a vehicle as required by Part 396 of the federal safety regulations or...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-385.   Fee schedule
    (a) The fees listed in this section apply to a motor carrier. These fees are in addition to any fees required under the Unified...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-386.   Fees, charges and penalties; disposition
    All fees and charges received by the Division under G.S. 20-385 shall be in addition to any other tax or fee provided by law...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-387.   Motor carrier violating any provision of Article, rules or orders; penalty
    Any motor carrier which violates any of the provisions of this Article or refuses to conform to or obey any rule, order or regulation...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-388.   Willful acts of employees deemed those of motor carrier
    The willful act of any officer, agent, or employee of a motor carrier, acting within the scope of his official duties of employment, shall,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-389.   Actions to recover penalties
    Except as otherwise provided in this Article, an action for the recovery of any penalty under this Article shall be instituted in Wake County,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-390.   Refusal to permit Department of Public Safety to inspect records made misdemeanor
    Any motor carrier, its officers or agents in charge thereof, that fails or refuses upon the written demand of the Department of Public Safety...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-391.   Violating rules, with injury to others
    If any motor carrier doing business in this State by its agents or employees shall be guilty of the violations of the rules and...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-392.   Failure to make report; obstructing Division or Department of Public Safety
    Every officer, agent or employee of any motor carrier, who shall willfully neglect or refuse to make and furnish any report required by the...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-393.   Disclosure of information by employee of Department of Public Safety unlawful
    It shall be unlawful for any agent or employee of the Department of Public Safety knowingly and willfully to divulge any fact or information...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-394.   Remedies for injuries cumulative
    The remedies given by this Article to persons injured shall be regarded as cumulative to the remedies otherwise provided by law against motor carriers....
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-395.   Willful injury to property of motor carrier a misdemeanor
    If any person shall willfully do or cause to be done any act or acts whatever whereby any building, construction or work of any...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-396.   Unlawful motor carrier operations
    (a) Any person, whether carrier, shipper, consignee, or any officer, employee, agent, or representative thereof, who by means of any false statement or representation,...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-397.   Furnishing false information to the Department of Public Safety; withholding information from the Department of Public Safety
    (a) Every person, firm or corporation operating under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Safety or who is required by law to file...
  • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-398.   Household goods carrier; marking or identification of vehicles
    (a) No carrier shall operate any motor vehicle upon a highway, public street, or public vehicular area within the State in the transportation of...

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