RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 2, 2013) — Legislation to expedite the issuance of titles to owners of older out-of-state motor vehicles has been signed into law by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.
Under the new law, which covers vehicles 35-years old or older, if a required inspection and verification is not conducted by the state's 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 vehicle identification number does not match the vehicle being examined, the vehicle will be deemed to have satisfied all requirements, according to the Specialty Equipment Market Association's (SEMA) e-newsletter. The owner will then be issued a title within 15 days.
If an inspection and verification is performed in a timely manner and the vehicle passes, SEMA said a title will be issued to the owner within 15 days of the date of the inspection.
The new law, which took effect July 23, provides owners of older vehicles—including many classic vehicles—a fair, reasonable and reliable time period in which they can have these older cars inspected and receive title from the DMV, SEMA said.