North Carolina Bill to Speed Titling Process for Out-of-State Older Vehicles to be Considered by Senate Commerce Committee on April 9

Legislation (S.B. 344) to provide for the prompt issuance of titles to owners of out-of-state motor vehicles that are 35-years old or older will be considered by the North Carolina Senate Commerce Committee on April 9, 2013.  Under the bill, if a required inspection and verification is not conducted by the Division of Motor Vehicles within 10 days after receiving a request and the inspector has no probable cause to believe that the ownership documents or public vehicle identification number does not match the vehicle being examined, the vehicle will be deemed to have satisfied all inspection and verification requirements and the title will be issued to the owner within 10 days.  If an inspection and verification is performed in a timely manner and the vehicle passes the inspection and verification, title shall issue to the owner within 10 days of the date of the inspection.

If You Have Not Done So Already, We Urge You to Contact Members of the Senate Commerce Committee (Contact Info Below) Immediately to Request Support for S.B. 344

For those interested in attending the hearing to voice their support, the committee will meet on Tues., April. 9 at 11:00 a.m. at the following address:

North Carolina General Assembly
Legislative Building
Room 1027/1128
16 West Jones Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

  • Under current law, no title may be issued for out-of-state vehicles that are 35 years old or older or a specially constructed vehicle prior to the completion of a vehicle verification conducted by the License and Theft Bureau of the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). These verifications must be conducted as soon as practical.
  • The DMV continues to delay these inspections for weeks after a request is made, and more than a month in some cases, including in metropolitan areas.  Once the inspection is completed, vehicle owners are informed that it may take weeks before a title is mailed, which stalls the timely buying and selling of vintage automobiles.
  • S.B. 344 would provide vehicle owners a fair, reasonable and reliable time period in which they could have these older cars inspected and receive title from the DMV.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the North Carolina Senate Commerce Committeeimmediately by phone or e-mail to request their support for S.B. 344.

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance. 

North Carolina Senate Commerce Committee

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Senator Rick Gunn (Co-Chair)
Phone: (919) 301-1446

Senator Wesley Meredith (Co-Chair)
Phone: (919) 733-5776

Senator Tamara Barringer (Vice-Chair)
Phone: (919) 733-5653

Senator Harry Brown (Vice-Chair)
Phone: (919) 715-3034

Senator Tom Apodaca
Phone: (919) 733-5745

Senator Dan Blue
Phone: (919) 733-5752

Senator Peter S. Brunstetter
Phone: (919) 733-7850

Senator Angela R. Bryant
Phone: (919) 733-5878

Senator Ben Clark
Phone: (919) 733-9349

Senator David L. Curtis
Phone: (919) 715-3038

Senator Don Davis
Phone: (919) 715-8363

Senator Jim Davis
Phone: (919) 733-5875

Senator Thom Goolsby
Phone: (919) 715-2525

Senator Malcolm Graham
Phone: (919) 733-5650

Senator Kathy Harrington
Phone: (919) 733-5734

Senator Neal Hunt
Phone: (919) 733-5850

Senator Clark Jenkins
Phone: (919) 715-3040

Senator Floyd B. McKissick, Jr.
Phone: (919) 733-4599

Senator Gene McLaurin
Phone: (919) 733-5953

Senator Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr.
Phone: (919) 715-3001

Senator E. S. (Buck) Newton
Phone: (919) 715-3030

Senator Gladys A. Robinson
Phone: (919) 715-3042

Senator Bob Rucho
Phone: (919) 733-5655

Senator Norman W. Sanderson
Phone: (919) 733-5706

Senator Dan Soucek
Phone: (919) 733-5742

Senator Josh Stein
Phone: (919) 715-6400

Senator Jeff Tarte
Phone: (919) 715-3050

Senator Jerry W. Tillman
Phone: (919) 733-5870

Senator Tommy Tucker
Phone: (919) 733-7659

Senator Mike Woodard
Phone: (919) 733-4809