North Carolina DMV Appointments
Before you make a trip to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), see if you can schedule an appointment in advance.
You can make an appointment to complete any of the following tasks (and more):
- Apply for a driver’s license or permit.
- Take a road test.
- Take a knowledge test.
- Renew your license.
- Get a photo ID card.
- Obtain a REAL ID.
NC DMV Online Services
Many common DMV tasks can be completed without having to set foot in a DMV office. For example, you can use the North Carolina DMV’s online portal to:
Best Times to Visit the North Carolina DMV
If you do have to visit a North Carolina licensing office, choosing the right time for your trip can make a big difference in regards to the length of time you’ll spend there.
- Mondays and Fridays. The middle of the week is usually less crowded.
- The first and last days of the month.
- The lunch hour and evenings. It’s also important to give yourself enough time to complete your transaction (e.g. taking an exam).
- The days immediately before or after a holiday.