North Carolina Bill to Speed Titling Process for Out-of-State Older Vehicles Amended and Approved by Senate

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 was approved by the North Carolina Senate with amendments.  Under the amended bill, if a required inspection and verification is not conducted by the Division of Motor Vehicles within 15 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 15 days.  If an inspection and verification is performed in a timely manner and the vehicle passes the inspection and verification, title will issue to the owner within 15 days of the date of the inspection.  In the original version of the bill, the DMV was given 10 days to perform an inspection and another 10 days to issue title.  Absent a more hobby-friendly alternative, we believe that the bill as amended still deserves our support.  The bill has been sent to the House Transportation Committee for consideration.

We Urge You to Contact All Members of the House Transportation Committee (Contact Info Below) Immediately to Request Support for S.B. 344

  • 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, months in some cases, including in metropolitan areas.  Once the inspection is completed, vehicle owners are informed that it may take additional weeks or months 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 all members of the North Carolina House Transportation Committee immediately 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 House Transportation Committee

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Representative William Brawley (Chair)
Phone: 919-733-5800
Representative Frank Iler (Chair)
Phone: 919-301-1450
Representative Dana Bumgardner (Vice-Chair)
Phone: 919-733-5809
Representative Becky Carney (Vice-Chair)
Phone: 919-733-5827
Representative George Cleveland (Vice-Chair)
Phone: 919-715-6707
Representative Carl Ford (Vice-Chair)
Phone: 919-733-5881
Representative Phil Shepard (Vice-Chair)
Phone: 919-715-9644
Representative Dean Arp
Phone: 919-715-3007
Representative Hugh Blackwell
Phone: 919-733-5805
Representative James Boles
Phone: 919-733-5903
Representative William Brisson
Phone: 919-733-5772
Representative Brian Brown
Phone: 919-733-5757
Representative Rayne Brown
Phone: 919-715-0873
Representative Rick Catlin
Phone: 919-733-5830
Representative Tricia Cotham
Phone: 919-715-0706
Representative Josh Dobson
Phone: 919-733-5862
Representative Nelson Dollar
Phone: 919-715-0795
Representative John Faircloth
Phone: 919-733-5877
Representative Valerie Foushee
Phone: 919-715-3019
Representative Rosa Gill
Phone: 919-733-5880
Representative Ken Goodman
Phone: 919-733-5823
Representative Charles Graham
Phone: 919-715-0875
Representative Larry Hall
Phone: 919-733-5872
Representative Susie Hamilton
Phone: 919-733-5754
Representative Kelly Hastings
Phone: 919-715-2002
Representative Yvonne Holley
Phone: 919-733-5758
Representative Charles Jeter
Phone: 919-733-5654
Representative Pat McElraft
Phone: 919-733-6275
Representative Chuck McGrady
Phone: 919-733-5956
Representative Deb McManus
Phone: 919-733-0057
Representative Tim Moffitt
Phone: 919-715-3012
Representative Rodney Moore
Phone: 919-733-5606
Representative Tim Moore
Phone: 919-733-4838
Representative Larry Pittman
Phone: 919-715-2009
Representative Stephen Ross
Phone: 919-733-5820
Representative Jason Saine
Phone: 919-733-5782
Representative Jacqueline Schaffer
Phone: 919-733-5886
Representative Edgar Starnes
Phone: 919-733-5931
Representative Michael Stone
Phone: 919-715-3026
Representative Evelyn Terry
Phone: 919-733-5777
Representative Paul Tine
Phone: 919-733-5906
Representative Joe Tolson
Phone: 919-715-3024
Representative John Torbett
Phone: 919-733-5868
Representative Winkie Wilkins
Phone: 919-715-0850