Orange County

NCDMV closes Chapel Hill license plate agency office

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has closed the Chapel Hill License Plate Agency office for possible violations of state laws.

The agency, at 1704-B E. Franklin St. in Gateway Commons, was closed following an investigation by NCDMV’s License and Theft Bureau that began with an anonymous tip, according to a Friday announcement.

Investigators determined that the activity warranted closure of the office and cancellation of its contract, officials said in a news release.

The Chapel Hill plate agency has operated at that location since 2013, according to the DMV.

DMV representatives will do a final inventory audit of the agency, and remove equipment and supplies belonging to the state. The investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending, the news release said. No additional details were provided.

Two nearby license plate agencies are in Durham at 1058 W. Club Blvd, Suite 626, open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., (919) 286-4908, and at 5410 Hwy. 55, Suite AB, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., (919) 544-3662.

In addition, services such as property tax payments and registration renewals can be done online at

License plate agencies offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags and duplicate registrations. Currently, about 120 license plate agencies operate across North Carolina.