The Collections Division is responsible for collecting all property taxes levied by Onslow County, and the municipalities of Holly Ridge, Jacksonville, North Topsail Beach, Richlands, and Swansboro. The County Tax Office also collects vehicle taxes for the portion of Surf City located within Onslow County.

In addition to property taxes, the Collections Division also collects gross receipts taxes on leased vehicles, and issues County Business Licenses and Mobile Home Moving Permits.

Payments may be made by cash or check. Credit cards or e-check payments may be made online by visiting our online Tax Search, View, and Pay Site at A convenience fee is added for credit card and e-check payments.
  1. Deed Recording Requirements

    The Register of Deeds no longer accepts any deed transferring real property without certification that there are no delinquent ad valorem taxes or other taxes which the County Tax Collector is charged with collecting, and that the deed contains the Grantee's mailing address

  2. Foreclosures

    When real property accounts become seriously past due, the County may initiate a foreclosure proceeding.

  3. Payment Methods

    Tax payments may be made by cash, personal check, cashier’s check, money order, credit card, debit card, or e-check.

  4. Payments Online

    View and pay your taxes online.

  5. Prepayment Option

    Taxpayers have the option of making "prepayments" on their annual bill in order to avoid having to pay the entire bill at one time at the end of the year.

  6. Tax Rates

    Tax Rates are determined annually during the budget process by the county and municipal governing boards.

  7. Taxes Due

    Real estate and personal property taxes are billed on an annual basis.