Schedule a North Carolina DMV Appointment Faster

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Booking an appointment with the North Carolina DMV

You can book a North Carolina DMV appointment if you call them by phone or book in person. The North Carolina DMV does not have online bookings, as mentioned on their web page.

In-person reservation or walk-in

It may take some time to get a reservation at your local DMV in North Carolina. The average waiting period is now at 35 minutes in comparison to the 49 minutes to two hours delay that it used to take. Luckily, the North Carolina DMV has improved its services to accommodate a higher volume of applications for REAL IDs. Find the nearest DMV office or mobile office here.

Booking online

The steps to use the different services offered by the North Carolina DMV website are listed below:

  1. Open your browser and proceed to the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s webpage.
  2. Under the logo and search bar, there is a row of phrases with an arrow and different drop-down options. Click “Divisions” and look for “DMV.”
  3. The North Carolina DMV web page opens, and under the logo and search bar is another row of dropdown choices for the different services offered by the North Carolina DMV. Click on “Offices and Services” and look for the most relevant link for your appointment.
  4. Under the row, there is a banner for announcements. Under that banner, a display of online services appears in icons. Click the one relevant to you.
  5. Visit the contact page under “Help” if you have any further queries.
  6. You can also go to the North Carolina Department of Transport Facebook and Twitter pages for additional support. Each branch also has its own Facebook profile.

Reservation by phone

You can book a North Carolina DMV appointment by phone. Contact the local driver’s license office or the Customer Contact Center of the North Carolina DMV to make an appointment. DoNotPay can also contact these numbers, and you won’t have to navigate the phone tree or wait on hold. Access the web app in any .

North Carolina DMV contact details

The following is the contact number of the North Carolina DMV:

  • Customer Contact Center: 1-919-715-7000

You can also look for the phone numbers of the mobile or DMV office near you if you input your location here.

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  1. Access DoNotPay through your .
  2. The app will offer you a selection of options for the type of appointment you want.
    • License renewal or application
    • Schedule a driving skills test
    • Vehicle registration renewal
    • Address change
    • Vehicle registration
    • Request driving records
  3. Choose the time you’re available.

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North Carolina DMV services you can schedule

Booking an appointment for the North Carolina DMV requires specifying what service you need. You have the following options:

  1. Driver’s license application
  2. Teen driver application
  3. Special License application and renewal
  4. Application for vehicle, titles and license plate
  5. Application for a State ID
  6. Application for North Carolina REAL ID
  7. Restoration of driver’s license after suspension or revocation

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Paperwork to prepare before your North Carolina DMV appointment

Every DMV service requires paperwork to prove your identity, residency, date of birth, and so on. Services that require specific documents include:

  1. Application for North Carolina REAL ID
  2. Renewal of License
  3. Application for a driver's license or an I.D. card
  4. Registration or renewal of a vehicle
  5. Application for driving test
  6. Replacement of license plate or sticker
  7. Application for vehicle moving permit

North Carolina REAL I.D. requirements

Starting October 2020, boarding a domestic flight will require either a REAL I.D. or a passport. The documents you need to prepare are:

  • Proof of identity with the full name and date of birth
    • Birth Certificate
    • U.S. Passport
    • U.S. Government Document
  • Document with your full name and full Social Security Number
    • Social Security Card
    • 1099 tax form
    • W-2 form
    • Paystub
  • Two documents proving residency in North Carolina
    • North Carolina driver's license or identification card
    • Government-issued document with full current address
    • International government-issued document with full current address
    • Bank statement
    • Business letterhead
    • Paystub
    • Personal or real property tax receipt paid to North Carolina
    • North Carolina utility or cable bill with the full name
    • Housing lease or contract
    • Mortgage statement
    • Property or income tax statement
    • North Carolina vehicle registration card or title
    • North Carolina voter precinct card
    • North Carolina school records
    • Letter from a homeless shelter
  • If you’re not a U.S. citizen, you need one proof of identity document with the full name, lawful status, or presence
  • If your name has been changed, you need one or more documents verifying all name changes
    • Certified marriage license or certificate
    • Certified divorce decree
    • Document from the courts or Register of Deeds
    • Original or certified international marriage license

Driver’s license renewal requirements

Renewal of a driver’s license can be done online. You can also renew by mail. The documents you will need are:

  1. Two documents verifying your identity
  2. Social Security card or document with full Social Security Number
  3. Duplicate license fee

Documents for applying for an I.D. card or driver’s license

You should complete the required test on, road sign recognition, vision, and driving tests, besides providing:

  • One document with your full name proving your identity, age, and date of birth
  • Social Security card or document
  • One document proving North Carolina residency
  • If a non-U.S. citizen, one document proving the presence or lawful status
  • One document proving liability insurance coverage
  • License fee

Registration renewal requirements

Apart from proof of ownership, identity, license, and residency, the requirements for registration and renewals of vehicles include:

  • Form MVR-614
  • Annual vehicle inspections
  • Liability insurance
  • Vehicle Taxes
  • Fee

Driving test requirements

Assuming you are older than 17, when you apply for a driver’s license, you apply for a learner’s permit. All requirements are similar except the need for liability insurance coverage. If you are 15 to 17, you can only apply for a limited learner’s permit. When you are taking the skills test, you should have your:

  • Learner’s permit
  • Proof of liability insurance coverage

The best time to visit the North Carolina DMV office

If you decide to walk in to book your reservation at the DMV of North Carolina, be mindful of the time you visit. You should be there before 11 in the morning or two in the afternoon. Go in the middle of the week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays usually mean less crowds. Avoid paydays or the last day of the month. This way, you may shorten the waiting time. Some offices are also open on Saturdays to accommodate citizens with a hectic work schedule.

Wait time for a North Carolina DMV appointment

North Carolina DMV itself states that their wait times can be very long. An article published in the Charlotte Observer breaks down the horror stories citizens lived through when they lined up at 7 AM to book their appointments, only to be left waiting for hours on end.

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Instead of showing up in person or waiting on hold with the DMV in North Carolina, there are some services that you can access online. These services include:

  • Driver’s license renewal
  • Replace or get a duplicate driver’s license or I.D. card
  • Renewal of registration and plates
  • Driving record requests
  • Get duplicate registration cards
  • Get personalized and specialized plates
  • Pay the penalty for insurance lapses, commercial insurance lapses
  • Pay property tax on limited registration plates
  • Estimate your vehicle property tax

The DMV may ask for an online fee.

North Carolina DMV locations

Listed below are some of the busier DMV branches in North Carolina. They are open even on Saturdays to accommodate more people. You can find the nearest DMV branch, mobile office, or official partner here. Call these offices at their local contact numbers for a reservation.



South Charlotte Driver License Office

201-H West Arrowood Road

Charlotte, NC 28217

  • Phone:
    • (704)527-2562
    • (704)527-2563
  • Fax: (704)527-6518

Open times

Monday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Huntersville Driver License Office

12101 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road

Huntersville, NC 28078

  • Phone: (704)547-5786
  • Fax: (704)531-4585

Open times

Monday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Jacksonville Driver License Office

299 Wilmington HWY

Jacksonville, NC 28540

  • Phone: (910)347-3613
  • Fax: (910)347-5804

Open times

Monday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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