Can You Title a Car for a 17-Year-Old in North Carolina?

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It is possible to title a vehicle to a person of any age in the state of North Carolina. However, there are several requirements before a car can be registered and license plates issued.

North Carolina Driver's License

You must have a valid North Carolina driver's license to register a vehicle, unless you are on active duty in the military. In 1997, North Carolina enacted the Graduated Driver Licensing System. To be eligible for a driver's license, a person under the age of 18 must have a level 1 Learner's Permit for one year beginning anytime after their 15th birthday and complete a state-approved driver's education course. Next they need a level 2 Learner's Permit for a minimum of six months. The earliest a person can hold a driver's license in North Carolina is 16 and one-half.


You must have proof of liability insurance before you can register your vehicle. In North Carolina, liability policies can be issued to persons of any age.

Other Documents

In addition to the driver's license and insurance requirements, to register a newly acquired vehicle in North Carolina you must have the following documents: a title application, an odometer disclosure, Damage Disclosure Statement form MVR-181, a North Carolina state inspection and Declaration of Eligible Risk form MVR-615. Copies of these forms and more information about them can be found on the North Carolina Department of Transportation website.


  • The earliest a person can hold a driver's license in North Carolina is 16 and one-half.


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Tricia Lahl has been writing since 2000. She began her career by writing newsletters and articles for several church publications. She now writes for various websites, specializing in parenting, travel, technology and military topics. She studied elementary education and psychology at Columbia College of Missouri and Cleveland State University.