Originally Posted by fRomNyC2_??
Moving to Durham. I will be bringing my car which I have full owership of. Not sure of the expenses involved with or the steps required to switch everything over from the state of NY to the state of NC. I'd like a heads up so I can get it handled as soon as I get out there. Also I am looking to switch my car insurance. I currently have Geico but tired of being ripped of. Anyone know a reliable/ reasonable car insurance company???
There are several other threads you can search for more information on this, but here are the steps in a nutshell:
1) Get car insurance. I use State Farm, but there are a lot of good companies here that I'm sure others can recommend.
2) Apply for a NC Driver License (you will have to show proof of residency and insurance). You'll have to take what is quite possibly the most poorly-written driving knowledge test in the country*, along with a sign test and a vision test. You'll get a temporary certificate at the DMV, and the permanent one will be mailed to you within a week or two. Cost is $32 for an 8-year license.
3) Register and title your car. You'll need your permanent NCDL (the temporary one won't work), proof of insurance, and the current NY title to your car. As far as costs go, you'll pay the NC Highway Use Tax (capped at $150) plus ~$73 for title, plate, and transit fees.
4) Durham County will mail you a vehicle tax bill 2-3 months after you register. The amount will be based on the assessed value of your car, and the tax rate is 1.3%.
You'll be required to get an emissions inspection ($30) before you renew your registration in 2013, just FYI.
*Seriously, unless it's been significantly revised in the past three years, a lot of the questions are really just dumb.