RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina automobile owners are still getting used to aninspection system requiring safety and emissions checks before carlicense plates can be renewed.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is rejecting more than 1,000 car owners every workday becausethey tried to renew their registration before their automobileswere inspected.
DMV spokeswoman Marge Howell says that's about one of every fourmail-in renewals the agency handles.
The vehicle inspection law that took effect in November 2008harmonized annual inspection and registration dates so they fellwithin the same month.
The problem is that some motorists don't realize the renewalsrequire the inspection first, then registration.
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