New NC moped rules, local tax repeal take effect today

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The Division of Motor Vehicles now needs to know more about North Carolina’s moped owners and will be offering a new standard license plate option beyond the “First in Flight” theme.

Moped registration and a new “First in Freedom” plate are among portions of 25 laws taking effect Wednesday, the start of North Carolina government’s fiscal year.

DMV says the new registration requirement means all mopeds must have a plate on the rear of the vehicle. An insurance requirement takes effect in July 2016.

The “First in Freedom” plate will honor the early demands of North Carolina leaders for American independence in 1775 and 1776.

Starting Wednesday, municipal governments will no longer be able to levy privilege license taxes. Lawmakers approved the repeal last summer.

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