Virginia Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
Although it is not necessary, if you complete a Virginia Rider Training Program, you will be exempt from taking both the road skills exam and written knowledge exam when getting a motorcycle license. By presenting a certificate of completion to the DMV, you will be exempt from these exams for a year.For a list of Virginia Rider Training Program Course Locations, visit this link.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Virginia

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
Yes, the state of Virginia requires motorcycle drivers and their passengers to wear a helmet.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Virginia

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
Yes. VA car registration renewals may be held up or denied if the driver has delinquent local personal property taxes, parking citations, toll violation or other pending fees. In this case, the VA DMV will notify the driver by mail that they must pay these fees before the driver can renew the car registration decal.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Virginia

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
Within 30 days of moving, you should update the address on all of your DMV records, including but not limited to the following:

  • Your driver s license
  • Your car registration
  • Your car title

Failure to do so may result in fines. It is important to maintain the same address on both your Virginia driver s license, as well as your car registration, that way there is no discrepancy between documents. Find out more by contacting the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles at 804-497-7100.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Virginia

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
No, you may not. All citizens are required to get car insurance in their current state of residence. One thing to keep in mind before you purchase coverage is that you should find out whether or not your previous state of residence requires the return of their license plates. Once established, call your car insurance provider and see if your current policy can be transferred into a Virginia auto coverage policy.

For more information: How To: Save on Virginia Auto Insurance

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
No, the state of Virginia does not allow commercial drivers to renew their license online. You will be required to complete the renewal process at your local DMV office instead. Make sure that you renew your driver s license prior to its expiration date in order to avoid any penalties or late fees. During your VA CDL licenserenewal, you will need to pass a vision screening test and have a new picture of yourself taken.

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
The state of Virginia allows individuals to check driving record online and order a certified driving record. Keep in mind that applying online will require you to provide your driver s license number or Social Security Number, as well as your date of birth. You will want to have a printer nearby to print a copy of your receipt once the transaction is complete.

For more information: Your Virginia Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles administers the two-part knowledge exam on the computer; however, this is in person at a DMV office. You also have the option to take an oral at a DMV customer service center for your convenience. You are only permitted to take the exam once per day. Should you fail the exam and are under the age of 18, a waiting period of 15 days goes into effect before you can re-take the test.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Virginia

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
You may use your interstate CDL license anywhere in the country as long as you are abiding by the rules and regulations of the state you are transporting goods or passengers to. For more information about these rules, contact the DMV of the state in which you will be operating your commercial vehicle.

For more information: Virginia Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
Yes, as long as the person who is registering has the driver s required information and is registering either online or through mail. To purchase a car renewal registration in person at a DMV Select office or CSC office, drivers must appear themselves.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Virginia

Do boats need to be registered?
Motorized boats must be registered in Virginia, and each registration is valid for a period of three years. You can register your boat either in person or by mail. To register by mail, you will need to submit the appropriate application, along with proof of ownership to the address below:

VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Boat Section 4010, West Broad Street PO Box 11528 Richmond, VA 23230

For more information: How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Virginia

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
In Virginia, you are not required to obtain a drivers license to operate a moped on the road. However, you do need to have a government photo ID. Per a new law that recently went into effect, it is also important to note that you will need to have your moped titled and registered.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Virginia

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
Yes, drivers must attend traffic school once issued a speeding ticket. Other times when traffic classes are required are when receiving a traffic citation that includes demerit points. These kinds of traffic citations indicate to the courts that you need to improve your driving skills. Defensive driving coursesare designed to make you a safer driver, and once the course is completed, five points will be removed from your driving record. Depending on your driving citation, you may be eligible to receive car insurance discounts as well.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Virginia

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
Yes. All citizens must purchase auto insurance in their current state of residence. Additionally, these drivers must meet the minimum liability requirements set forth by the respective state s Department of Motor Vehicles. If you are moving to Virginia, you must transfer your out-of-state car insurance into a Virginia auto coverage policy.

For more information: How To: Save on Virginia Auto Insurance

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
It is highly recommended that you file a police report in the event that you have a stolen drivers license or a lost drivers license. By alerting law enforcement of this incident, you reduce the chances of identity theft or fraud. After making a visit to your local police station, make sure to bring a copy of the report to a DMV Customer Service office.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Virginia Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
It is not mandatory that drivers in Virginia file a police report in the event of a stolen car registration, but it is highly recommended. A valid police report citing a stolen car registration may help drivers avoid the duplicate car registration fee at the local DMV office. Filing a police report can also alleviate any future attempts at identity theft due to the stolen car registration.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Virginia

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
If you are moving to new state, you are required to surrender your license plates at your earliest convenience. The state of Virginia makes it mandatory to complete this process prior to your move. You will need to turn in your license plates at a local DMV customer service center. If your vehicle registration is still valid for another six months or more, you may be eligible to receive a partial refund.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Virginia

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
Yes, if you are under the age of 19, you will be required to complete a drivers education program by the state in order to obtain a learner s permit. You must also meet 45 hours of driving practice, 15 of which must be completed after the sun has set.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Virginia

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
The Virginia DMV recommends that all damaged car titles be turned in during the process of transferring and replacing car title. However, if a driver believes their original title to be lost and then discovers it in a damaged condition, there is no need to visit a local DMV office to turn it in. It can simply be destroyed, because it is no longer valid.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Virginia

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
Yes, if the original Virginia car registration is damaged the driver should bring it to the DMV office when applying for a replacement. From there, the DMV office can take the damaged copy and replace it with a duplicate car registration. Make sure to have a valid driver s license and fee payment when applying in person.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Virginia

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
Yes, the state of Virginia requires motorized scooters to have DMV car registration. However, you will not be required to have it insured nor have it undergo safety inspection. Insurance for a motorized scooter is not mandatory, nonetheless, it is highly recommended that you look into such options for safety reasons.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Virginia

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
The state of Virginia requires most vehicles to undergo and pass a safety inspection test and an emissions control test. Proof of safety inspection and emissions testing may be required when registering your new vehicle. Vehicles registered in the following localities must pass emissions inspection:

  • Arlington County
  • Fairfax County
  • Prince William County
  • Stafford County
  • Loudoun County
  • City of Alexandria
  • City of Falls Church
  • City of Manassas
  • City of Manassas Park
  • City of Fairfax

You must have your vehicle inspected at a qualified and certified emissions station. Once it has passed the appropriate testing, you will not need to undergo further testing for two years.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Virginia

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
In order to avoid the suspension of driving privileges, vehicle owners must pay the $500 Uninsured Motor Vehicle (UMV) fee. This allows uninsured motorists to drive automobiles without Virginia vehicle insurance. If a driver fails to pay this fee, then they will be required to submit a Financial Responsibility Insurance Certificate (SR-22) with the DMV office for a period of three years, pay a reinstatement fee and cover the initial $500 fee.

For more information: How To: Save on Virginia Auto Insurance

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
In the state of Virginia, you can actually obtain a Veterans Identification Card, which also allows you to receive discounted prices at select stores and restaurants. In order to apply, you must present proof of the following:

  • A copy of a United States Armed Forces veteran service document
  • Your driver s license or standard ID card

You can apply to receive a Veterans Identification Card either online, in person, by fax or mail.

Online Visit the VA DMVNow page.

In Person Find a VA Customer Service office near you by using the DMV Locator.

Fax Send the required documents and payment to: 804-367-1112.

Mail Send the required documents and payment to:

Driver Support Work Center, Room 419 P. O. Box 27412 Richmond, VA 23269-0001

For more information: How to Apply for a Virginia Identification Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
You can easily review the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles manual on their website by clicking here. The Virginia Driver s Manual contains various sections, covering categories and topics such as the following:

  • Safe driving
  • Penalties
  • License types
  • Signals, signs and pavement markings
  • Testing
  • Seat belts, air bags and child safety seats

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Virginia

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
There are three ways Virginia residents can pay traffic fines: online, by mail or in person by going to the county court office. To pay traffic tickets online in VA, drivers use the General District Court website, and an additional four percent convenience fee is tacked onto the traffic ticket price.

To pay speeding tickets or traffic tickets by mail, follow the instructions on the back of your citation. The third option is to visit the county court of the county where the traffic citation was issued. If you are unsure which Virginia county that was in, check the back of your citation ticket. In addition, by going in person, you have to option to plead not guilty in court and attempt to get the traffic ticket dismissed.

To pay for parking tickets in Virginia, drivers also have the options of online, by mail or in person payments to choose from. Unlike traffic tickets, parking tickets cannot be paid for with one centralized state system. Instead, first check if the county where the traffic citation was issued has an online payment method. Otherwise, review the back of the parking ticket for other payment method details.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Virginia

How can I renew my drivers license?
In Virginia, you can apply for drivers license renewal in person, online, by mail or over the phone. You should expect to receive a renewal notice in the mail before your license expires.

In PersonTo renew in person, you will need to visit a Virginia DMV Customer Service Center and present your driver s license, as well as proof of legal status in the United States. During your visit, you will be required to take a vision exam and a new picture.

OnlineVA drivers can renew drivers licenses online by visiting the VA DMVNow page and looking up your driver s license by entering the following information:

  • Driver s License Number or Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth

By Mail

You must submit a driver s license application along with payment to the address below:

Virginia Department of Motor VehiclesPO Box 26506Richmond, VA 23260-6506

By PhoneTo renew by phone, call 804-497-7100.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Virginia

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
In Virginia, drivers can renew expired car registration documents by internet, mail, or in person at DMV Select locations or at a Customer Service Center (CSC).

Internet

Online car registration renewal in Virginia can be completed by visiting the Virginia DMV online registration renewal page. Drivers will need the following to renew online:

  • Car registration renewal notice
  • Car registration card (if no car registration renewal notice)
  • Renewal fee payment by credit card, debit card or checking account

Drivers who register online also receive discounts based on the amount of years they are registering the vehicle for.

Mail

To renew car registrations in Virginia by mail, drivers must follow these steps:

  • Check the car registration renewal notice to make sure the mailing address is correct.
  • Complete the car registration renewal form.
  • Enclose registration renewal fee payment and renewal form in an envelope and mail to the Virginia DMV at:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

Attn: Renewal Center

P.O. Box 27412

Richmond, VA 23269-0001

Drivers who register by mail also avoid the $5 additional fee charged when registering in person at a CSC office (fees may vary).

DMV Select

Drivers looking to renew car registration in Virginia through the DMV Select offices can do so by visiting one of the 57 DMV Select offices in Virginia. Check the Virginia DMV Office search page for more information on DMV Select locations.

Drivers who register through a DMV Select office also avoid the $5 additional fee charged when registering in person at a CSC office (fees may vary).

CSC

Virginia drivers who cannot make it to a DMV Select location also have the option of renewing car registrations at one of the Virginia DMV full-service Customer Service Centers. Visit the VA DMV office location search page for more information on CSC locations in Virginia. Drivers renewing at CSC locations are subject to an additional $5 fee per transaction (fees may vary).

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Virginia

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
If you would like to transfer your vehicle registration to a new state you are moving to, then you will be required to get in touch with the DMV at your new location. Since every state DMV has its own set of rules and regulations, find out about registration requirements at yours. Be ready to pay any necessary fees, as well as present any documentation that is asked of you.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Virginia

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
In order to apply for a Virginia CDL license, you must first obtain a commercial learner s permit. First, you will be required to take and pass a CDL knowledge exam, as well as a knowledge exam specifically pertaining to the specific type of vehicle you wish to drive. For example, if you intend to drive a school bus, then you must pass the school bus knowledge exam.

During the period in which you have a CDL instruction permit, you will only be allowed to drive if there is an individual with the same type of commercial class alongside you. You must hold your permit for at least 30 days before you will be allowed to take the road skills test and apply for a standard CDL license.

At the time of your application, you must also present the following documentation:

  • Two proofs of identity
  • One proof of legal presence
  • One proof of Virginia residence
  • One proof of your Social Security Number

Upon paying the required fee and passing the necessary exams at your DMV office, you will then be issued a commercial driver s license.

For more information: Virginia Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
The state of Virginia offers a number of disabled placards and plates such as temporary, permanent and institutional. If you would like to apply for a disabled parking placard or license plate, fill out a Disabled Parking Plates or Placard Application.

To get a VA handicap parking placard or license plate, present proof of your disability. This proof can be documentation obtained from your physician, their assistant, a podiatrist, a nurse or chiropractor. However, if you are requesting a license plate that has the International Symbol of Access and you already have a permanent placard, or you are have a disabled parking license plate and are requesting a permanent placard, then documentation from your physician will not be required.

You can submit your application in person at a DMV center or by mail to the address below:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles PO Box 85815 Richmond, VA 23285-5815

For more information: Information for Disabled Drivers in Virginia

How do I apply for a drivers license?
To apply for a drivers license in Virginia, you need to present documentation that proves your identity and state residency. These documents also vary, depending on your age.

If you are 19 or older, you must present the following:

  • Two proofs of identity
  • One proof of legal presence
  • One proof of Virginia residency
  • One proof of Social Security Number

If you are under the age of 19, you will only be required to present one proof of each aforementioned item. You can find out more about documents you need to turn in by visiting the VA DMV Document Guide for Driver s Licenses and ID Cards page.

You will also be required to complete a Driver s License and Identification Card Application DL1 form, pay select fees and pass various tests.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Virginia

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
The process to apply for a drivers permit in Virginia requires you to present valid documentation that proves your identity, as well as your residence in the state. The requirements differ, depending on whether you are under the age of 19 or over the age of 19.

19 or older, must present the following:

  • Two proofs of identity
  • One proof of legal presence
  • One proof of Virginia residence
  • One proof of Social Security Number

If you are under the age of 19, you will only be required to present one proof of each aforementioned item.

Additionally, you will need to fill out an Application for a Virginia Driver s License. In addition, you will have to meet vision standards and pass a two-part knowledge test.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Virginia

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
In the state of Virginia, you have the option of obtaining one of three motorcycle driving licenses. The process to apply to any of these is the same. You need to complete the following steps:

  • Take and pass a vision standard exam
  • Maintain a motorcycle permit for 30 days (if you are 19 or older); for 90 days (if you are under 19)
  • Pass the written exam
  • Pass the road skills exam

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Virginia

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
You should contact your car insurance company directly in order to process a Virginia address change request. Make sure to follow the step-by-step instructions that are provided to you. Prior to making an in person visit, it is recommended that you call them to verify if the change can be made over the phone.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Virginia

How do I change my address on my car registration?
Address changingon your car registration takes a couple steps. First, provide the following information to the VA DMV in person:

  • Your full name
  • Your customer number as it is listed on your driver s license
  • Your title number
  • The last four digits of your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Then, order a replacement car registration certificate.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Virginia

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
It is highly recommended that you make an in-person visit at a local VA DMV Customer Service Center to process address change forms, if necessary. Keep in mind that you have 30 days to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles about your new residential location.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Virginia

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
To make aVirginia address change requestfora driver s license, you will need to complete the process by phone, online, in person or by mail. By phone, call 804-497-7100. Complete the steps online by visiting the VA DMVNow page. The third option is to visit a Customer Service office near you by using our DMV locator.

If completing your request by mail, submit the Address Change Request Form to:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles PO Box 27412 Richmond, VA 23269

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Virginia

How do I change my address on my ID card?
To “change my address” on an ID card, you have the option to change your address either by phone, online, in person or by mail.

By phone, call 804-497-7100. Complete the steps online by visiting the VA DMVNow page. Find a Customer Service office near you by using our convenient DMV locator.

If completing your request by mail, submit the Address Change Request Form to:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles PO Box 27412 Richmond, VA 23269

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Virginia

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
You should contact your car insurance company directly and inform them that you are name changing. Be aware that the car insurance agent may ask you to present proof of your new name and submit it to them via fax or email. Each auto coverage provider has a different method though, so call or visit your local car insurance office to find out their specific requirements.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
The steps to change name information on car registration involves presenting the following documents at a nearby DMV Customer Service office:

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
Name changing on a driver s license is done in person at your local DMV office. Present the required documentation:

Prior to your DMV visit, you will first need to process a name change with the Social Security Administration. To find a SSA office near you, visit their website and input your ZIP code in the appropriate box.

How do I change my name on my ID card?
To complete an official name change on your ID card, make an appointment as your local DMV office.Bring the documents below:

Beforehand, you must have made an official name change with the Social Security Administration.

How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
To find a Social Security Administration office near you to request a name change, visit their website and complete a “ZIP Code Look Up.” If you would like to speak to the SSA by phone, you can call them toll-free at 1-800-772-1213. You will need to present proof of name change documents in order for your request to be made effective.
How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
If you believe an individual has been granted unauthorized access to your driver record, then contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicle as soon as possible. You will want them to make note of any suspicious activity on your record. Call the VA DMV at 1-804-492-7100 or 1-800-272-9268 for the deaf or hard of hearing.

For more information: Your Virginia Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
In the event of a stolen car registration, the driver of the vehicle should report immediately to a local police station and explain the situation to a police officer. After a police report is filed, bring the police report to the DMV office when applying for a replacement and present it to the DMV official to expedite the replacement process.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Virginia

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
In the event that you are dealing with a stolen car title in Virginia, it is recommended that you visit a local police station and ask to file a police report in case the missing vehicle title comes up. This will also help you prevent any unauthorized use of your car title. After doing so, request a copy of the police report for your records.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Virginia

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
In order to request a copy of your driving record, you will need to get in touch with the Virginia DMV either by mail, in person at a local office or applying online. If you would like to submit your request by mail, you can do so by sending an Information Request, along with the appropriate fee, to this address:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Attention: Vehicle (Driver) Records Work Center P. O. Box 27412 Richmond, VA 23269

Make sure to include information such as your:

  • Name.
  • Address.
  • Social Security Number.
  • The type of driving record you want.

For more information: Your Virginia Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
You are required to visit a local DMV office in order to get a duplicate ID card. In some cases, you may be eligible to apply for a duplicate online.

If requesting a duplicate in person, make sure to bring the following documentation with you:

  • Two proofs of identification
  • A completed Driver s License and Identification Card Application

To renew online, visit the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles DMVNow page.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Virginia Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a hardship license?
The state of Virginia may allow you to obtain a restricted license, depending on your particular case. If the individual was found convicted or not innocent of the violations below, then they may be granted a restricted license:

  • First offense for driving under the influence
  • Aggressive driving
  • Illegal possession of alcohol
  • Illegal consumption of alcohol
  • Drug violation

Whether or not you obtain a restricted license will be up to the court. You will first have to petition the court to get this type of license.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Virginia

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
If you are a military member currently outside of the state, you can request to replace DMV drivers license online when you visit the VA DMVNow page. You will need to create a MyDMV Account first, if you don t have one already. You can also visit the VA DMV Military Personnel page to find out all you need to know about your DMV-related needs while you are out of the state, including but not limited to driver services, vehicle services and online transactions.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Virginia Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
To get a traffic ticket dismissed in Virginia, you must go to court and plead not guilty or no contest. If the judge finds you not guilty, you do not have to pay the citation fee. At this point, you are responsible for court fees and traffic ticket lawyer s fees only. Check your driving record within two weeks time to make sure demerit points were not added to your driving record.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Virginia

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
To get a copy of another person s VA DMV driving record, you would follow the same procedure as if you were obtaining it for yourself. In some cases, a driving record for the purposes of employment may be issued to you free of charge or at a reduced rate.

The Virginia DMV also participates in a Mandatory Driving Record Monitoring Program, which allows the department to release driving records of public school bus drivers and commercial driving instructors, just to name a few to the local school division or school.

You can request an employment transcript at a reduced fee if any of the below apply to you:

  • You are a volunteer vehicle operator with Faith in Action.
  • You are a volunteer vehicle operator with a VA section of the Civil Air Patrol.
  • You are a volunteer vehicle operator with a VA section of the American Red Cross.
  • You are a VA affiliate of Compeer.
  • You are a VA affiliate of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America.

For more information: Your Virginia Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
To replace lost or stolen car registration card or license plate sticker in Virginia, drivers should apply either online or in person.

In Person

VA duplicate car registrations and license stickers can be purchased in person by submitting a Vehicle Registration Application to a local VA DMV office and paying the applicable fees. When applying in person, drivers will receive the duplicate car registration at the DMV office the same day. Applications for replacement license plate stickers must be submitted in person.

Online

Lost, damaged or stolen car registration cards or license plate stickers can be replaced online through the Virginia driver s MyDMV account on the VA DMV website. After logging into the website, drivers can choose to either print out a new car registration card or have a VA duplicate car registration card sent by mail. Duplicate car registrations arriving by mail can take up to 15 days to arrive. Applicable fees may apply.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Virginia

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
Drivers can replace car title credentials online through Virginia s digital system or in person at a local customer service center. To obtain a car title copy in person, you must go to the DMV office withyour:

If the owner of the car has died, the legal heir or the executor or administrator of the estate must fill out the Application for Supplemental Lien and Transfer Liens or Replacement and Substitute Titles (VSA 66) form and take it to the customer service center with a notarized or certified death certificate and one of the below:

Unless your vehicle has a lien that has not been satisfied, completing these steps will gain you a VA car title replacement.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Virginia

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
The state of Virginia allows drivers to obtain a drivers license replacement either online or at a local Customer Service Center. In person, you will be required to present a filled out Driver s License Application, two forms of identification and one document showing proof of legal status in the country. On your visit, you will also be asked to take a new photograph.

In order to replace your drivers license online, visit the VA DMVNow page. Keep in mind that you need to meet a set of eligibility requirements to request a duplicate online.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Virginia Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
To declare a titled car in the state of Virginia as a salvage vehicle, one must take the following steps:

  • Complete and submit a Salvage Certification Application (VSA 56) form to the DMV.
  • Provide the current car title with a detailed description of the damage, as well as an itemized estimate of car repairs.
  • Pay the fee to obtain auto title.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Virginia

How do I obtain car registration?
In order to get car registration, the state of Virginia requires its residents to visit a customer service center or a DMV Select office to complete the process. In addition to registering your vehicle, your car will also need to pass an emissions inspection and an annual safety inspection. When registering your vehicle, you will need to bring the proper documentation, as well as payment for any applicable fees and fill out an Application for Registration.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Virginia

How do I register emergency contact information with the DMV?
As of 2015, you now have the option to register emergency contacts with the VA DMV. There is no fee to do so and you must have a valid Virginia driver’s license, ID card, learner’s permit or CDL license to apply. To enroll in the emergency contact program, use one of three methods:

  • Online by visiting dmvNOW.com
  • In person by visiting any VA DMV customer service center or DMV 2 Go mobile office
  • Through the postal service by mailing all the contact information to the following address:
    • Data Integrity Work Center
    • Virginia DMV
    • P.O. Box 27412
    • Richmond, VA 23269
How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
Because Virginia is an “implied consent” state, all drivers are required to take a Breathalyzer or other form of intoxication-level test when requested by law enforcement. To refuse results in automatic suspension of driving privileges for one year, and if refused a second or third time within the same 10-year period, one s driver s license is suspended for three years. To reinstate suspended driver s license, you must pay all related fines and wait for the suspension year to pass.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Virginia

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
If you are reinstating suspended drivers license, you will need to follow the directions noted on your compliance summary. This summary will contain information including the outstanding fees you must pay the DMV, the documentation you must provide, the dates of your suspension period and contact information to the courts and other pertinent parties. If you believe any information listed on your compliance summary is incorrect, contact the Virginia DMV.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Virginia

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
Points are assessed to a driver s license after receiving demerit-worthy ticket citations. For two years, demerit points remain on a driving record in Virginia. To remove up to five points in one sitting, enroll in DMV traffic school. Drivers are allowed to enroll once a year in a traffic course.

One helpful facet of the VA point system is that for every year that passes without receiving a driving citation, one safe driving point is assessed to driving records. Then, they are applied to the next traffic ticket. For instance, if you accrue two safe driving points and then are cited for a three-point traffic violation, only one demerit point will be assessed to your driving record.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Virginia

How do I renew my driving permit?
In order to renew yourVirginia learners permit, contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles for further information. Keep in mind that you will need to hold your permit for a certain period of time before you are eligible to apply for a standard driver s license. If you are under the age of 19, you must hold your permit for at least nine months. If you are 19 or older, you must have held your permit for at least 60 days.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Virginia

How do I renew my ID card?
n Virginia, there are two ways you can renew your DMV ID card, either in person or online. To complete this in person, you will need to do the following:

To renew online, you will need to first meet the eligibility requirements. To see what these are, visit the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website. If you are qualified to renew your ID online, then you can begin the process by visiting the MyDMV Account Online Services page.

For more information: How to Apply for a Virginia Identification Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
If you are a military member currently outside of Virginia, you can apply for a driver s license extension. Request an Out of State Driver s License packet by visiting this DMV page. After submitting the packet along with any required documents, you will receive an extension card in the mail for you to carry with your driver s license. After you have returned to Virginia, you will have 180 days to renew expired drivers license at a customer service center.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Virginia

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
For information pertaining to the medical report you are required to present at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website. You can also contact the VA DMV for further assistance.

For more information: Virginia Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
You have the option to renew your motorcycle license endorsement in person, online or by mail. If renewing in person, make sure to fill out a Driver s License and ID Card Application. You will need to present proof of your legal status in the country, as well as bring proper identification.

When renewing by mail, send your application and payment to the following address:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles P.O. Box 26506 Richmond, VA 23260-6506

Renew online by visiting the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website. In some instances, you may be eligible to complete your motorcycle renewal process by phone.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Virginia

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
When applying for a Virginia duplicate drivers license, you will be required to show proof of legal status in the country. These valid documents must contain both your full name and date of birth. Some acceptable documents include the following:

  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
  • Unexpired Refugee Travel Document

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Virginia Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
If you are currently outside of Virginia and need to replace driving license documentation, you can do so online. Visit the VA DMVNow page to get started. It is important to take note that you will need to create your own MyDMV account and meet a list of certain requirements. You can also sign up for email and phone reminders on this page.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Virginia Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
In order to transfer car title to another state, it is recommended that you contact the DMV of the state you will be moving to. Each DMV office has different procedures and requirements for the transfer of vehicle title.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Virginia

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
In the event you have misplaced the current auto title, you must apply for a VA car title replacement. Drivers can complete the process online or they can visit a local customer service center and provide:

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Virginia

How do I transfer my car title?
The steps a driver must take to transfer car title varies based on the specific instance. If buying a used vehicle, the buyer must visit a DMV office and provide the following:

  • A completed title document from the seller, including the following information:
    • The seller s signature
    • Federal odometer disclosure, if the car is less than 10 years old
    • Date of sale
    • Selling price
  • A filled out odometer disclosure and bill of sale, if the above information is not listed on the title.
  • Acceptable proof of address:
    • Utility bills
    • Paycheck stubs

Variants of the car title transfer process include transfers with a lien, which require the completion of a Transfer of Certificate of Title with Lien (SUT 4) form, and transfers to family members, which ask drivers to fill out the Purchaser s Statement of Tax Exemption (SUT 3) form.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Virginia

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
The process to transfer car title in Virginia is the same as the steps necessary to transfer RV ownership. One must complete the necessary application, pay the appropriate fees and taxes and provide proof of address and selling price.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Virginia

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
In order for a member of the military to get a Virginia motorcycle endorsement, he or she must show proof of the following documents to the DMV:

  • A certificate of completion from a military-approved basic motorcycle rider training program -must have been completed within the past 12 months
  • A military dependent or unexpired active duty ID card

If you are unable to make an in-person visit to your DMV, then you can mail the aforementioned items.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Virginia

How does the DMV check my vision?
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles tests your vision by asking you to read out loud various numbers and/or letters that will be listed in a machine you have to look into. Both your general eyesight and peripheral vision will be tested. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, this notation will be on your driver s license. You will also be required to wear your glasses or contact lenses every time you operate a vehicle.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Virginia

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
The time in which you will be qualified to apply for a standard drivers license in Virginia depends on your age. If you are 19 or older and have never held a driver s license, you must first hold a learner s permit for at least two months or complete a driver s ed course before applying for a regular license. If you are under the age of 19, you must have a learner s permit for at least nine months and complete a driversed course as well.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Virginia

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
In order to apply for a VA duplicate car title online, a driver must provide their:

  • Customer Number (found on the VA drivers license).
  • PIN number.
  • Birth date.
  • Credit card information for $10 fee.

Once you have completed and submitted the order, you can contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles at (804) 497-7100 for specific information on processing times. Their hours of operation are from Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (EST).

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Virginia

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
If a person refuses to take a chemical test in the state of Virginia, their first violation will be considered a civil offense, and you will face a one-year suspension period as a result. If you receive a first DUI offense, your license will be revoked for the period of one year, and you may also face fines, along with the requirement of an ignition interlock device if your BAC was .15 percent or greater.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Virginia

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
After you have submitted your ID card application, the DMV will have it mailed out to you within a couple of weeks. If a sufficient amount of time has passed, and you have yet to receive your ID card, contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: How to Apply for a Virginia Identification Card

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
Depending on the type of violation or offense you commit, you will be issued a different number of points on your driving record. But if you accumulate 18 or more points within a 12-month period, your driver s license will be suspended for 90 days. If you accumulate 24 points within a 24-month bracket, your license will also be suspended. Additionally, your car insurance rate will increase.

For more information: Your Virginia Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
You may be able to attend a defensive driving course in order to reduce the number of points on your drivers record. In Virginia, these types of traffic schools are known as Driver Improvement Clinics. You may be required to complete a course when you have been convicted of a traffic or moving violation.

For more information: Your Virginia Driving Record

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
Once you finalize the request to change names on car registration, your next step is to pay for a duplicate car registration certificate. The price for this $2, the actual name change is free, though.
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
When filling out name change forms for your car title, you will be required to request a Substitute Title and pay the $10 fee. Fees are subject to change. If you would like more information, speak to a VA DMV customer service representative by calling 804-497-7100 during operating hours between Monday and Saturday.
How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
The cost to change names with the DMV depends on the items you are updating. The actual name change request is free, however because it does not include an automatic replacement of any driver-related documentation, you will then be responsible for replacement costs.

In Virginia, replacement fees are as follows:

  • Car registration duplicate: $2
  • Car title replacement: $10
  • Driver s license copy: $20
How often do I need to renew my CDL license?
In Virginia, you are required to make an in-person visit to renew your commercial driving license every eight years. You have the option to renew your VA commercial drivers license up to a year before it expires. Keep in mind that upon renewal you will need to take another vision screening exam.

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
You can renew license up to one year before its expiration date. You will receive a renewal notice in the mail from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles as a friendly reminder. If you wish to receive an electronic renewal notice instead, visit the VA DMV Email, Phone and Text Reminders page to change your preferences.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Virginia

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
If your name is listed on the title or the words “or survivor” is written after the names of the owners on the vehicle title, then follow these steps to complete a VA car title transfer:

  1. Submit a certified or notarized death certificate to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  2. Provide the current car title.
  3. Fill out an Application For Supplemental Lien, Replacement Title, Transfer of Lien and Substitute Title (VSA 66) form if the current auto title has been lost or stolen.
    • The same thing goes if the title is illegible or badly damaged, but you must also surrender the document.
  4. Pay the appropriate fee and taxes (which will vary).

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Virginia

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
Yes. Virginia motor vehicle laws add a $10 late fee to renew expired decals (fees may vary).

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Virginia

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
To find out whether or not your VA drivers license copy fee will be waived upon applying for a duplicate license, contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. You can reach them directly by calling 804-497-7100 or you can ask them in person at a DMV Customer Service Office. Find a location near you by using our DMV locator. To call, take note of the hours of operation: Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m (EST).

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Virginia Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
In the state of Virginia, any accident that results in property damage of $1,500 or more must be reported. So if you are ever in an accident of such magnitude, the first thing to do is file a police report, including a detailed description of the damages. Also, be sure to exchange auto insurance information with the other party involved.

For more information: How To: Save on Virginia Auto Insurance

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
Yes. It does not matter how long you are away from home. If you are a resident of the state of Virginia, you must have the minimum liability VA car insurance if you plan to operate a vehicle within the state s borders.

For more information: How To: Save on Virginia Auto Insurance

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
Fortunately, information from a lost parking ticket can be retrieved several ways. First, drivers can contact the law enforcement that issued the traffic citation. This would be the VA state police or local law enforcement agency. The second and most popular option is to search for your traffic ticket case online using the Virginia Courts Case Information site. You will need to know which county the ticket was issued in to get accurate details. The final option to look up lost traffic or parking ticket information is to use the How to Pay Traffic Tickets and Other Minor Offences Online website. This site is generally updated by the local courts within 10 days of the ticket citation.

By using any of these methods, specific traffic ticket information like how much is traffic tickets and how can you pay for it will be made available.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Virginia

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
You may be eligible to request an ID card replacementonline if you are currently outside of Virginia. To do so, visit the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles DMVNow page. Remember to have the following information available to complete the process at ease:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your date of birth

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Virginia Driver’s License or ID Card

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
In Virginia, driver s licenses are confiscated either before trial or after trial when the judge suspends your driving privileges. The police officer or bailiff then turns the driving license over to the court clerk, who holds it until the suspension period is over. On the last day of suspension, the county clerk mails the confiscated drivers license to the VA residential address on file. The option to pick up the driving license in person is also available.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Virginia

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
Drivers with personalized license plates that have been lost or stolen should follow the same process of applying for a duplicate car registration. On the Vehicle Registration Application, there is a checkbox for drivers who need a replacement license plate. From there, submit the application to the local DMV office and pay the applicable fee. Fees for replacing personalized plates vary.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Virginia

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
Virginia requires drivers to be at least 18 if they wish to apply for an intrastate commercial license, and 21 if they wish to obtain an interstate CDL license. You can find out more by speaking with a driver s license representative at a local DMV branch.

For more information: Virginia Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
As long as you are in good condition to drive, there is no age limit for renewing drivers licenses in Viriginia. However, all drivers who are 75 years or older must renew their driver s licenses every five years, instead of the standard eight.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Virginia

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
It is highly recommended that you carry your Virginia car registration inside your vehicle, preferably in the glove compartment. Should a police officer pull you over for any reason, you will have this document readily available. It may also be a good idea to keep a separate copy in a safe location at home.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Virginia

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
Your VA drivers license replacement will be sent to the address that is currently on file with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. If you need to update your address with the DMV, you can do so online. You can also call them at 804-497-7100 or visit a Customer Service Center near you. If you prefer to update your information via mail, send an Address Change Request form to the following address:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles PO Box 27412 Richmond, VA 23269

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Virginia Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
If you are a driver who is 75 or older, you are required to renew drivers license documentation in person prior to its expiration date. You will also be asked to take a vision screening test. If you prefer to hand in a report from your eye doctor, you may do so at a local DMV office. Upon receiving your renewed license, it will be valid for a period of five years.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Virginia

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
Some of the most common reasons why one must learn how to transfer car title are:

  • If you are inheriting a vehicle from a deceased family member.
  • If you have purchased a used carIf you have received a vehicle as a gift.
    • The transfer of title for new vehicles is typically handled by the dealers.
  • If a car owner is changing their name on the title/adding or removing an owner.
  • If a lien has been satisfied.
  • If you are donating a vehicle.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Virginia

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
There are many reasons why your Virginia driver s license may be suspended in the state. Some of these include but are not limited to the ones listed below. If your license is suspended, you will be required to reinstate it after fulfilling all the necessary requirements.

Your license can be suspended due to:

  • Failure to pay child support
  • Failure to pay jail fees
  • Failure to pay court fines and costs
  • Failure to maintain car insurance
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Excessive points on your driving record

There are a number of other violations and offenses in which your Virginia drivers license may be suspended.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Virginia

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
Individuals under the age of 19 must hold a learner s permit for nine months before they can obtain a standard Class M motorcycle license. Find out more about how you can obtain a motorcycle license, including the documents you need to present at your local DMV, by visiting the Motorcycle License page.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Virginia

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
Virginia offers six types of CDL endorsements, such as the ones listed below:

  • H Endorsement: To operate a vehicle with hazardous materials
  • X Endorsement: To operate a tank vehicle and a vehicle with hazardous materials
  • N Endorsement: To operate a tank vehicle
  • T Endorsement: To operate a vehicle towing a double or triple trailer
  • P Endorsement: To operate a passenger-carrying vehicle
  • S Endorsement: To operate a school bus

For more information: Virginia Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
If you have a VA suspended drivers license, you will face severe consequences and high penalties. For example, you may need to complete jail time and have your VA drivers license suspended for an extended period of time as a result. To avoid any unpleasant situations and unwanted consequences, it is important to abide by the rules and regulations of the Virginia DMV.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Virginia

What are the different types of driving records?
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles offers a number of driving records to authorized individuals, employers, organizations, government agencies, etc. These records include the ones listed below:

  • Driver/Insurance Record
  • Vehicle/Personal Use Record
  • Driver/Personal Use Record
  • Driver/Employment Record
  • Driver/Habitual Offender Restoration Record

If you are requesting a Personal Use Record, this document will contain information from the past 11 years of your driving history. The Habitual Offender Restoration Record is another example of an 11-year record.

For more information: Your Virginia Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
The fee to get ID card documentation for the first time in Virginia is $10. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles accepts money orders, checks, check cards, cash or valid credit cards as forms of payment. Keep in mind that fees may be subject to change.

For more information: How to Apply for a Virginia Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
The fee for a Virginia duplicate drivers license is $20. Be aware that fees may vary. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles accepts payment in the form of cash, check, money order or a major credit card, such as Discover, MasterCard, Visa or American Express.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Virginia Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
The state of Virginia requires beginning drivers with a learnerspermit to have a driver at least 21 years old seated next to him or her when driving a vehicle. However, it is permitted for the driving student to be 18 years old if the driver seated beside he or she is a parent, sibling or legal guardian.

If you have held your learner s permit for at least nine months and have completed the driver s education, then you are not required to have a driver next to you, as long as your driversed certificate has been signed by a legal guardian or parent.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Virginia

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
The state of Virginia requires commercial drivers license applicants to present the DMV with an original or certified copy of a medical examiner s certificate. In order to obtain a medical examination application, you can call 1-800-327-6868 or visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.

For more information: Virginia Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
There are a couple of reasons why a driver would have to request a duplicate car registration:

  • The original car registration, license plate or license plate sticker was lost
  • The original car registration, license plate or license plate sticker was stolen
  • The original car registration, license plate or license plate sticker has been damaged to the point of being illegible

In the event of any of the above situations, drivers should fill out a Vehicle Registration Application and submit it to the local DMV office.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Virginia

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
There are three stages of penalties if a teenager is issued a traffic citation on a learners permit. In addition, any demerit points assigned will be added to his or herdriving record and be applied when he or she receives a new drivers license.

If the teen receives a demerit-worthy citation, he or she must enroll in traffic school. The second time the teenager s driving privileges are suspended up to 90 days. Once convicted of a third violation, his or hers driving privileges are revoked for one year, or until turning 18, whichever is longer.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Virginia

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
If you are 21 and older, and caught driving under the influence, the penalties increase by the numbers of offenses.

First DUI Offense: Jail for at least five days, minimum $250 fine, and one-year driver license suspension.

Second DUI Offense: Jail time between 20 days and one year, minimum $500 fine, and three-year license suspension.

Third and Subsequent DUI Offense: Jail time for at least six months, minimum $1,000 fine, and an indefinite amount of time for driving privileges suspension.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Virginia

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
The fees to reinstate revoked drivers license depend on the offense and violation committed. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles now makes it easy for individuals to pay their reinstatement fee online through their website. Online credit cards or an e-check are accepted if you choose this method of payment.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Virginia

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
The vehicle registration fees depend on the size and weight of your car, among other factors. Common fees include:

  • Passenger vehicle 4,000 pounds or less: $40.75
  • Passenger vehicle 4,001 pounds to 6,500 pounds: $45.75
  • Motorcycle: $28.75

For a complete list of fees, take a look at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles DMV Fees pamphlet.

Keep in mind that you will need to present payment for any necessary fees at the time of your vehicle registration. Failure to do so will hinder the process of getting registration for your new vehicle.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Virginia

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
To obtain a car title replacement in the state of Virginia, you must pay a fee of $10. This is the fee whether you are requesting a title with or without changes or a supplemental lien title. However, fees and taxes may vary from time to time and from office to office.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Virginia

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
In Virginia, the duplicate car registration card fee is $2. The fee for a replacement license plate sticker is $1. Duplicate car registration card and sticker fees may vary.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Virginia

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
The standard VA car registration renewal fee for passenger vehicles is $40.75, though fees may vary. Depending on which city the vehicle is located though, drivers may also have to pay additional fees for emission inspections. Localities participating in the VA DMV s Local Vehicle Registration Program may also charge drivers of vehicles garaged in the city additional local registration fees. For more details on VA car registration renewal fees, check the VA DMV fee schedule.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Virginia

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
The requirements are the same as those for the operation of a two-wheeled motorcycle. If you are 19 or older, you will need to complete the following steps:

  • Take and pass a vision standard exam.
  • Maintain a motorcycle permit for 30 days (if you are 19 or older); for 90 days (if you are under 19).
  • Pass the written exam.
  • Pass the road skills exam.

If you wish to operate a three-wheeled motorcycle, you must get an M3 designation on your motorcycle driving license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Virginia

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
The court may deem you eligible to have restricted driving privileges in certain situations. For example, if you were convicted or found not innocent of the following violations, you may be able to petition for a restricted driving license:

  • Reckless driving
  • Drug violation
  • Aggressive driving
  • Illegal possession of alcohol
  • Illegal consumption of alcohol
  • First offense of driving under the influence

If the court authorizes the DMV to release a restricted driving license for you, your restricted driving privileges will be granted during the time of your conviction.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Virginia

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
Should you fail your road skills test upon your first try, you must wait at least two days before re-taking it. Be mindful that if you fail the test three times, you will need to fulfill a driver education program that consists of behind-the-wheel training, and is an official Virginia DMV-approved school. Once you have the Driver Education Certificate in hand, you will then be allowed to re-take the exam.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Virginia

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
The documents you need to present for a learning permit vary depending on age. If you are 19 or older, you will need to present the following:

  • Two proofs of identity
  • One proof of legal presence
  • One proof of Virginia residence
  • One proof of Social Security Number

If you are under the age of 19, you will only be required to present one proof of each aforementioned item.

The VA DMV also makes it mandatory to complete an Application for a Virginia Driver s License, as well as pass both a vision exam and knowledge exams.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Virginia

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
The documents you should present for aVA motorcycle driving license are the same you would present for a standard driver s license. For example, if you are 19 or older, you must present the following:

  • Two proofs of identity
  • One proof of legal presence
  • One proof of Virginia residence
  • One proof of Social Security Number

If you are under the age of 19, you will only be required to present one proof of each aforementioned item. You can find out more about documents you need to turn in by visiting the VA DMV Document Guide for Driver s Licenses and ID Cards page.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Virginia

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
Depending on whether you are older or younger than 19, the documentation you will be required to present varies. For example, if you are 19 or older, you must present the following:

  • Two proofs of identity
  • One proof of legal presence
  • One proof of Virginia residency
  • One proof of Social Security Number

Individuals under 19 are only required to present one proof from each category of the aforementioned list.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Virginia

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
The documents that every driver must provide when applying to replace lost car titles are as follows:

Some situational documents that may also be necessary are:

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Virginia

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
Residents of Virginia must present certain documents when changing address with the state DMV. Along with proof of identity documents, you must also present proof of legal presence in Virginia, complete with your official address change. A few documents that meet this requirement include:

  • Deed/mortgage statement for rental or lease agreement
  • Income tax return documents
  • Utility bill (no more than two months old)
  • Voter registration card
  • Driver s license
  • Bank statement (no more than two months old)
  • Insurance bill/statement

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Virginia

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
There are four ways in which the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles allows a driver to update the address on their driver s license. Proof of residency is not required. However, you will need to present your current driver s license and follow proper instructions as they are provided to you.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Virginia

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
To apply for a VA duplicate car registration, drivers should present the following documents:

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Virginia

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
Before the Virginia DMV provides you with proof of vehicle registration, you must present a few documents to confirm that you are the owner of the vehicle:

  • Proof of Virginia vehicle insurance
  • Proof of car title
  • Proof of emissions inspection
  • Proof of safety inspection
  • A completed Application for Registration

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Virginia

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
Completing a VA car registration renewal in person requires drivers to present a few documents. Make sure to have the following before visiting a DMV Select or DMV CSC office:

  • Car registration renewal notice (or current vehicle registration certificate).
  • Valid driver s license
  • Proof of car insurance (if necessary)
  • Proof that vehicle has passed emissions test (if necessary).
  • Renewal fee payment by cash, check or money order (payable to VA DMV), debit card or major credit card.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Virginia

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
To renew licenses in person, drivers are required to show proof of legal presence in the country if the driver s license was issued before January 1, 2004. Acceptable documentation includes a Certificate of Naturalization, valid passport or a permanent resident card.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Virginia

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
The documents required to transfer car titles in Virginia vary depending on the situation. When buying, selling or gifting a used vehicle, one must provide the following:

  • The current vehicle title with an odometer disclosure for vehicles under ten years of age
    • Must be signed by the seller or donor
  • An odometer reading, if the automobile is under ten years of age and the title does not provide this information
  • A bill of sale signed by seller and buyer, if the title does not show the selling price or date of sale
  • Proof of address:
    • Payroll check stub
    • Utility bill
  • A filled out Application for Certificate of Title and Registration (VSA 17A) form

If the vehicle comes with a lien, then a Transfer of Certificate of Title with Lien (SUT 4) form must be filled out as well. Additionally, if transferring the car to family, a Purchaser s Statement of Tax Exemption (SUT 3) form must be completed.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Virginia

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
When requesting a VA drivers license copy at a Customer Service Center, you will need to present the following:

  • Two forms of identification
  • One document that proves legal status

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Virginia Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
To obtain a motorcycle driverslicense, you must pass the following exams at your local DMV:

  • A written knowledge exam
  • A road skills test
  • A vision standard exam

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Virginia

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
All drivers must fill out an Application for Supplemental Lien and Transfer Liens or Replacement and Substitute Titles (VSA 66) form when requesting a car title copy in Virginia. This form must also be filled out if the owner of the car has died. Furthermore, if that is the case, a Certification of Authority to Transfer Virginia Title (VSA 24) form can also be filled out as the necessary proof of an administrator or executor s eligibility for a replacement title.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Virginia

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
Whether or not you are driving a commercial vehicle or personal vehicle with a CDL, you will face harsher penalties and higher fines than regular drivers. Depending on the severity of the traffic violation, you could have your driving privileges revoked or suspended, have points assessed to your driving record, lose your jobs, have higher insurance rates, and even face jail time. Not to mention, there is no leniency for CDL drivers caught drinking in a vehicle even during personal hours. If caught driving under the influence with a CDL license, you face automatic license suspension and stiff fines.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Virginia

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
If you are a commercial driver who is convicted of a DUI, your license will be immediately disqualified. As a result, you will face a one-year driver s license suspension. In the event that you were operating a vehicle with hazardous materials, this suspension period will increase to three years. In order to have your license reinstated, you will first need to complete all your suspension requirements.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Virginia

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
One important fact to note is that the moment a car title replacementis issued; all prior vehicle titles are no longer invalid. Thus, you do not have to return the previous title, but it is recommended that you destroy it as a precaution.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Virginia

What information does a driving record contain?
AVAdriver reportincludes all accounts of one s driving history. For example, some of the information you can expect to find on a driving transcript includes the following:

  • Your full name
  • Your address and other personal information
  • The number of points on your record
  • Your driving violations or offenses
  • Your driving convictions
  • Failure to appear in court (if applicable)
  • The accidents you have been involved in
  • The status of your driver s license

For more information: Your Virginia Driving Record

What is an ID card?
An ID card is a government-issued document that is used by individuals who do not drive, yet need to carry a form of identification on their person. ID cards are accepted at government buildings, financial institutions and other locations.

For more information: How to Apply for a Virginia Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
Without assessing court fees and DUI attorney fees, the costs for DUIs in Virginia are at least:

  • $250 for a first-time offense.
  • $500 for a second DUI offense.
  • $1,000 for third and subsequent offenses.

In order to get a suspended drivers license reinstated, all DUI costs and fees must be paid for.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Virginia

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
Traffic ticket costs vary from citation to citation. The more severe the driving violation, the higher the traffic ticket fine will be. There is also a great fine given for felony traffic citations. The most common types of traffic tickets issued in Virginia cost the following amounts:

  • Misdemeanor, reckless driving and speeding in excess of 80 mph: $350
  • Felony, reckless driving and speeding in excess of 80 mph: $1,000
  • Speeding between one and 20 mph above the posted speed limit: $5 for every additional mph, plus additional civil remedial fees

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Virginia

What is the cost to get a driver record?
If you would like to request a copy of yourVirginia driving record, keep in mind that fees may vary. For example, employment transcripts may be offered at a low rate or free of charge to certain organizations or governmental entities. Generally speaking, however, a driving record costs $8. If you want to have it certified, an additional $5 fee will apply.

For more information: Your Virginia Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
DUI citations for CDL drivers in Virginia are strict and harsh. Because CDL drivers go through more rigorous driving training than regular drivers, they are expected to be examples on the roadways. If caught driving under the influence with a CDL license, you face the following penalties:

  • Up to one year in jail
  • A fine up to $2,500
  • CDL disqualification

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Virginia

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
Minors are encouraged to continue learning how to drive until 21 years old. At no point in time may minors under 21 drink and drive. With a BAC of 0.02 percent, there is little room for breaking this law. If a minor is caught driving under the influence in Virginia, he or she faces the following penalties:

  • Drivers license suspension up to one year
  • A DUI fine that is at least $500 or a minimum of 50 hours community service

Other penalties would be possible:

  • Alcohol Safety Action Program course
  • Driving privileges restrictions

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Virginia

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
In order to drive an automobile legally within the state of Virginia, a motor vehicle owner must possess all of the following minimum liability requirements:

  • Bodily injury/death for one person: $25,000
  • Bodily injury/death for multiple people: $50,000
  • Property damage: $20,000

If a driver decides not to purchase the above coverage, he or she may pay a $500 Uninsured Motor Vehicle (UMV) fee to legally drive without Virginia car insurance.

For more information: How To: Save on Virginia Auto Insurance

What is the passing score for a written test?
To pass the two-part knowledge exam when getting drivers permit credentials, you must meet the following:

  • All the questions that are part of the traffic signs exam must be correctly answered.
  • At least 80 percent of the questions in the general knowledge exam must be correctly answered.

This two-part exam is provided in various languages and is taken on a computer. If you would like to take the exam in a language other than English, contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles directly.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Virginia

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
Since the year 2014, mopeds must be registered in the state of Virginia. As for the process of obtaining car title, the steps are the same. Visit our Vehicle Registration page to learn more.

Similarly, if you want to transfer title for a scooter or a motorcycle, you must follow the same rules that apply to passenger vehicles.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Virginia

What languages is the written test available in?
Written drivers tests at the VA DMV are available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. You may also request that it be translated into your native tongue if it is a language other than those two. To explore your options, contact the DMV directly.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Virginia

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
To reinstate revoked drivers licenses in Virginia, drivers are responsible for meeting the following standards. First, all court fees and traffic violation fines must be paid. Second, driver safety course enrollment must be fulfilled. The final step is to complete a Virginia Alcohol Safety Action (ASAP) program. Once these tasks are completed and the suspension term has passed, your driver s license may be reinstated once again.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Virginia

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
Failure to complete your address change checklist with the DMV may result in penalties and fees. By law, you have 30 days to notify the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles about your address change and update your DMV records

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Virginia

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
If you fail to renew drivers license credentials, you may face late fees and be required to retake the written exam and road skills test. Keep an eye out on the renewal notice you should receive in the mail prior to your license expiring. Make sure that your current address is on file with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, so your notice is not lost in the mail.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Virginia

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
In order to register a vehicle with the Virginia DMV, vehicle owners must provide proof of minimum liability coverage. Acceptable proofs of auto insurance include:

  • A car insurance card.
  • A car insurance policy.
  • An insurance binder.

For more information: How To: Save on Virginia Auto Insurance

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
Most registrants receive renewal documentation within five days of ordering. In the event that a VA car renewal registration tag or sticker has not arrived within 15 days of ordering, contact the Virginia DMV using one of the following methods:

  • Telephone: 804-497-7100 (TTY: 1-800-272-9268)

o Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET

o Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

  • Mail:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

P.O. Box 27412

Richmond, VA 23269

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Virginia

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
If you have not received your VA drivers license renewal in the mail, then you contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles at your earliest convenience. You can speak to a customer service representative in person or by phone by calling 804-487-7100. Keep in mind that their operating hours are Monday through Saturday, and hours vary depending on the day.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Virginia

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
The state of Virginia makes it mandatory to pass both a vision exam and a two-part knowledge exam to get apermit for driving. For you to be issued a driver s license, you must have 20/40 or better vision. If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses, you are required to do so every time you operate a vehicle to avoid any penalties. As for the knowledge exams, beginning drivers are tested on information pertaining to traffic signs, driving practices and state laws.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Virginia

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
The VA DMV requires potential drivers to take and pass various exams in order to be issued a commercial driving license. Some of these may include the ones listed below:

  • A general knowledge exam
  • A knowledge exam specifically pertaining to the type of vehicle you will operate
  • A road skills test
  • A vision screening exam

For more information: Virginia Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
In order to get your standard VA driving license, you will need to pass a road skills test, in which you must operate your own vehicle. Said vehicle must be fully registered and have proper, functioning parts to use for the test. Should you fail the road skills test, you must wait two days before you are allowed to re-take it.

You are also required to have already passed a vision exam and a two-part knowledge exam.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Virginia

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
What type of car insurance am I required to have?

The VA Department of Motor Vehicles requires all drivers to possess two different types of Virginia car insurance. These are:

  • Bodily injury protection.
  • Property damage.
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury protection.

Drivers who do not possess these types of insurance must pay a $500 Uninsured Motor Vehicle (UMV) fee.

For more information: How To: Save on Virginia Auto Insurance

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
The state of Virginia offers noncommercial driver s licenses and licenses with a Class M motorcycle for those who wish to operate the latter.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Virginia

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
Any car owner who does not obtain auto insurance and chooses not to pay the Uninsured Motor Vehicle (UMV) fee will have their car registrationsuspended. With a suspended vehicle registration, these auto owners will not be able to drive in Virginia under any circumstance.

For more information: How To: Save on Virginia Auto Insurance

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
When you have a drivers license suspension, you will first need to fulfill all the reinstatement requirements before you can legally drive again. Reinstatement requirements will vary, depending on the offense you have committed. In order to find out what your requirements are, as they pertain to your individual circumstances, contact the Virginia DMV.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Virginia

When does my car registration expire?
Virginia car registrations expire on the date provided on the registration certificate. This date depends on when the vehicle registration was acquired and how many years the registration is for. Virginia has three options for car registration: one year, two-year and three-year. However, there are restrictions on multi-year registrations:

  • Two-year registrations are not available to drivers who:

o Are registering a vehicle that weighs 55,000 pounds or more

o Are registering a vehicle that is part of the International Registration Plan

o Have paid an uninsured motor vehicle fee

o Live in an emissions area and have a year or less left on the emissions inspection

  • Three-year registrations are not available to drivers who:

o Are registering the vehicle for the first time

o Are renewing by mail

o Have the vehicle garaged in one of the following cities: Arlington, Fairfax City, Loudon, Prince William, Stafford, Alexandria, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Manassas or Manassas Park. This is because these localities require emissions inspections every other year.

o Are registering a vehicle that weigh 55,000 pounds or more

o Are registering a vehicle that is part of the International Registration Plan

o Have paid an uninsured motor vehicle fee

As a courtesy, the Virginia DMV sends out car registration renewal notices three months before the car registration expiration date.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Virginia

When does my ID card expire?
Your Virginia DMV ID card will expire at the end of your birth month whenever you hit an age that is divisible by five such as 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 or 45. To avoid penalties and late fees, renew your identification card prior to its expiration date. After renewing your ID card, you can hold onto the receipt until the new one arrives in the mail.

For more information: How to Apply for a Virginia Identification Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?
In the state of Virginia, you have 30 days to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of an official address change. You can request an address change card at no cost to you, but you must carry this document with your driver s license at all times. If you wish to have your new address on your driver s license, you can make this request in person or online. To complete the process online, visit the VA DMVNow page.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Virginia

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
A Virginia bill of sale should be completed if a vehicle title does not include the date of an automobile s sale or its selling price. It should be signed by both the buyer and the seller.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Virginia

When will I need to renew my license?
Drivers must renew driving license every eight years. When you choose to renew your license in person, bring your current driver s license, as well as payment for fees and proof of legal status in the United States, if necessary. You can pay your renewal fee either by debit card, money order, cash, check or with a credit card.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Virginia

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
You should expect to receive your drivers license replacement within two weeks after submitting your application. If a sufficient amount of time has passed and you have yet to receive your new license, contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles at 804-497-7100 to inquire about its status.

When renewing your license, you will be issued a temporary one that you can use for up to 30 days.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Virginia Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
If you have a Virginia suspended driving license, you will be made aware of this through your compliance summary. Your compliance summary contains all the information you need to know about your suspended license, such as the dates of your license suspension and the reinstatement requirements you need to complete.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Virginia

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
To purchase a VA duplicate car registration, drivers should visit the local VA DMV office. To find the closest VA DMV office location, check the VA DMV office location search page. Make sure to call the office before arriving to confirm the necessary documents to receive the duplicate car registration. To reach the Virginia DMV by phone, call 804-497-7100 (TTY: 1-800-272-9268).

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Virginia

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
Drivers must have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed into vehicles after being convicted of driving under the influence. In addition, Virginia drivers need to be supervised by the Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) and provide proof of installation of an ignition interlock device. To learn more about IIDs, visit the Virginia ASAP website and ask to be assigned to an ASAP supervisor.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Virginia

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
For more information about a traffic ticket or parking ticket, drivers can visit the General District Court website. By inputting the ticket citation number into the search system, a complete breakdown of ticket-related items will be displayed. For instance, the cost of traffic ticket, which county the traffic citation was issued in, and the different payment methods that can be used will be included.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Virginia

Where can I get a new drivers license?
In order to apply for Virginia drivers license credentials, visit any DMV office. Be prepared to take a road skills test with your vehicle and pay any required fees. For a list of fees, take a look at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Fees Chart. You may also be asked to take a vision screening test and a two-part knowledge test.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Virginia

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles does not provide drivers the option to apply for a duplicate car title by mail. One can only apply online, via their digital DMV system, or in person.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Virginia

Where can I obtain an ID card?
Residents of Virginia looking to obtain identification cards must apply in person at a local VA DMV office. When visiting, make sure to bring a Driver s License and Identification Card Application, along with any other required identification documentation and the ID card fee of $10 (fees may vary).

For more information: How to Apply for a Virginia Identification Card

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles requires that all four-wheel passenger vehicles, trucks and commercial vehicles meet the minimum car insurance requirements of the state. Additionally, motorcycles and trailers must be insured as well.

For more information: How To: Save on Virginia Auto Insurance

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
A parent or legal guardian can sign your driver s education certificate. You can read more about completing the driversed program in the state of Virginia by visiting the Driver s Ed page. Keep in mind that drivers education is mandatory in order for you to later apply for a standard driver s license.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Virginia

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
Depending on when you were issued a traffic ticket, sufficient time may not have passed for it to appear on your VA DMV driving record. In order to obtain further information about your driving record, contact the Virginia DMV and have ready to provide them your driver s license number and full name.

For more information: Your Virginia Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
Yes, if you are renewing drivers licenses in person, you will be required to take and pass a vision screening test. During your visit, you will also need to take a new picture for your license. Should you have any questions before renewing your license at a VA DMV Customer Service Center, you can call them at 804-497-7100. You can also find a location near you by using our convenient DMV locator.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Virginia

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
For your convenience, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles sends out a renewal application before your drivers license expires. You can also request to receive this renewal notice electronically instead. Make sure that your current address is on file in order to avoid any delay or confusion.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Virginia

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
Whether or not you receive demerit points on your driver record for a traffic citation depends on the severity of your actions. Most commonly, demerit points are assessed when caught speeding. There are three types of point violations:

  • Three-point violations
  • Four-point violations
  • Six-point violations

Examples of the types of violations are as follows:

  • If caught impeding traffic or speeding one to nine mph above the speed limit, three demerit points are assigned.
  • If caught driving 10-19 mph above the posted speed limit, drivers receive four demerit points.
  • If caught driving 20 mph or above the posted speeding limit, you will receive six demerit points.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Virginia

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
Not every driver convicted of a DUI is required to take an alcohol awareness course. Instead, repeat DUI offenders and minors caught driving under the influence are most likely going to be required to enroll. Alcohol awareness classes online are an option. To learn more, review the back of your ticket citation and call the county court.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Virginia

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
Yes, all drivers purchasing a replacement car registration in Virginia must fill out a Vehicle Registration Application to receive a duplicate car registration. When filling out the application, make sure to check the applicable box at the top labeled either “Reissue (Decals Only)” or “Reissue (Plates & Decals).” Other information that must be provided on the application includes:

  • Vehicle title number
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Current Plate Number
  • Expiration Date
  • Vehicle Year
  • Vehicle Make
  • Vehicle Model

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Virginia

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
No, in the state of Virginia, it is not required that drivers present proof of VA car insurance when going to replace car titles. The only documents required are those listed on our Replace Car Title page.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Virginia

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
Yes, if you choose to. After the initial registration of a vehicle in Virginia, the VA DMV will send out alerts whenever a driver s car registration renewal date is approaching. Virginia drivers can opt to receive these alerts by mail with a paper registration renewal notice. Drivers can also opt out of the mail notices and instead receive alerts by email, phone or text message. In most cases Virginia drivers will receive these non-postal notifications, unless one of the following is true:

  • The vehicle s decal expires within three months, in which case the VA DMV has already mailed out the paper renewal notice
  • The vehicle s decal cannot be renewed because the DMV requires the driver to resolve issues holding up the renewal, in which case the VA DMV will mail out information concerning actions the driver must take
  • The vehicle is not being utilized for personal use
  • The vehicle is leased

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Virginia

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
Drivers should check their car registration documentation to find out the expiration date. In addition, the VA DMV sends out as a courtesy car registration renewal notices up to three months before the registration expires.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Virginia