Within 60 days of establishing a permanent residence in North Carolina, new residents who plan to operate a motor vehicle must get a North Carolina driver license and title and register their vehicles with the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. Helpful Tip: The eye test will include sign shapes and colors without the accompanying icons, so review beforehand while waiting your turn in the waiting room. Anticipate 1-1.5 hrs. Bring your current DL, proof of residency [lease for a rental or deed to the home], Social Security Card, proof of car insurance, and a bill from your new residency with your name on it, not just your spouse's. The beauty of buying a new car and selling off an old car prior to moving is all of the transfer fees and paperwork is handled by the car dealership.