Anyone who has plans to visit the local License Plate Agency this week needs to go today or be prepared to take care of business next week instead. Motorists also have the option of going to another location.
The North Carolina License Plate Agency, located in Shamrock Plaza on Sunset Avenue, will be closed Wednesday-Friday for staff vacation. Employees have advertised the closing for the last month and say being closed doesn’t change any guidelines as far as paying renewal fees by an expiration date.
“You can’t use us being closed as an excuse for getting things done late,” noted Jamie Dunn, location manager. “People have known we were going to be closed or if they didn’t they can have the same things done at one of our other locations.”
Motorists may travel to any License Plate Agency, but Dunn said the closest locations are Fayetteville, Elizabethtown, Dunn, Mount Olive, Wallace and Smithfield. Additionally, registration can be done online and some things can be done through the postal system.
“You can get any services done at any of these places,” Dunn explained. “You don’t have to have anything special when going to another location. We have people from other towns come in here all the time.”
New law reminder
In addition to this week’s closure, Dunn wanted to remind vehicle owners of a law that went into effect July 1. A late fee of up to $25 will be charged to all registration renewals paid after the expiration date. The late fee will be added beginning the first day of the month following the expiration date.
Vehicles can still be operated up to 15 days after a vehicle’s registration expires without being ticketed. After the 15 days, the vehicle owner will be fined. Late fees will begin at $15 and increase to $25 after registration has been expired for more than two months.
Motorists can renew their vehicle registration online at www.ncdot.gov/dmv or visit any License Plate Agency in the state.
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