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How to Register a Vehicle in Virginia

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How to Register a Vehicle in Virginia

Virginia law requires that motor vehicle owners must register their vehicle with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) before taking it on the road. Both new and second-hand vehicles must be registered, regardless of whether they are purchased from a dealer or an individual. In addition, new Virginia residents who have registered their vehicle in another state must register their vehicle in Virginia. The initial vehicle registration must be done in person but registration renewals can be done on-line, by phone, by mail or in person.

INITIAL REGISTRATION

If you are registering a motor vehicle in Virginia for the first time, you must complete the following steps:

  1. All vehicles in Virginia should be insured. When you register your vehicle you must either provide proof of insurance, or pay the Uninsured Motor Vehicle (UMV) Fee. The UMV fee is valid for 12 months, but does not provide any insurance cover.
  2. Collect the necessary paperwork. If you bought your vehicle from a dealer, then the dealer will have sent the necessary paperwork to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. In all other circumstances you will need to collect the following additional papers:
  3. Vehicle title. New residents in Virginia must apply for a title before they can register a vehicle.
  4. Proof that your vehicle has passed a safety inspection, if required
  5. Proof that your vehicle has passed an emissions control test, if required
  6. A completed Vehicle Registration Application.
  7. Visit your local DMV office, and bring the completed forms with you.

REGISTRATION FEES

Registration fees are based on various factors, including your vehicle's weight and type of license plate you require. Your registration fee will include some or all of the following:

  • State registration fee, which varies according to vehicle type, but is normally $40.75 for a passenger vehicle or $28.75 for a motor cycle.
  • If your area participates in the Local Vehicle Registration Program you will have an additional fee.
  • If you have requested personalized license plates, there will be an additional cost.

RENEWING YOUR VEHICLE REGISTRATION

Owners of motor vehicles in Virginia are required to renew their vehicle registration annually, and can do so in person, online or by mail and at a DMV Select Office. See our Registration Renewal section for complete details.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Submitted by cvann on 11th Sep 2015

Do you have to go to DMV in

Do you have to go to DMV in the county you "live" in to get your DL and Plates and register in the state of VA?

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Submitted by anonymous2015 on 19th Aug 2015

I need to register a Cargo

I need to register a Cargo Van for my church. Do I need any special paperwork? Is there a link for it? Do I need insurance before doing so? Thank you!

Submitted by stepkelin on 13th Aug 2015

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Good information , it help me to register my new vehicle .

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Submitted by Teresa66 on 30th Apr 2015

I just bought a used Travel

I just bought a used Travel trailer. Can I purchase permanent tags ?? What is the cost ?

Submitted by Debby Martin on 24th Jan 2015

I don't get this blog - Why

I don't get this blog - Why aren't the questions of these people answered? What's up with that???

Submitted by faith2286 on 5th Jan 2015

I just moved to Virginia and

I just moved to Virginia and I wanted to know if I can I register a vehicle in Virginia with a New York license?

Submitted by yetta on 25th Nov 2014

Can I renew tags if they are

Can I renew tags if they are in my son's name ? I just need the little stickers.

Submitted by nawel on 12th Nov 2014

Want to be the one tickets

Want to be the one tickets come to vs my sister who cosigned

Submitted by bluesky on 16th Oct 2014

If I signed my title over to

If I signed my title over to my husband in March of this year and he hasn't registared it to his name yet, can I go file for a lost title to replace the original, or would that be considered fraud?

Submitted by Joliemh on 10th Oct 2014

I have a question. My family

I have a question. My family recently relocated to VA from CA. I have a vehicle with a very personal and meaningful license plate. I want to register in VA, but I'd like to keep the original plate letters and numbers. It's important to me and my family because my kids dad died of a sudden heart attack 1 month before the vehicle was purchased. The license plate we received on the vehicle says "4AQA108" My youngest daughter was born on 1/08 after he died. We consider this "For All Questions Asked108". This means alot to us. How can we keep this plate?

Submitted by jba1983 on 30th Sep 2014

Can you get tags for your car

Can you get tags for your car while having a learners permit

Submitted by walford on 27th Jun 2014

do co owners have to have the

do co owners have to have the same address on their drivers licenses or can they live in different places in virginia

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Submitted by junejaleel on 1st Jun 2013

I'm relocating from NJ to

I'm relocating from NJ to Virginia what do i need to do for 2 cars and what will it cost me, license, registration, plates, etc.

Submitted by DriverLil on 29th Mar 2013

I am receiving personal

I am receiving personal property taxes from the City and the County. The City is correct, the County is not. I tried calling DMV to rectify this and DMV was not taking any calls. HELP!

Submitted by cdsimmons27 on 10th Oct 2012

How do I add someone to a

How do I add someone to a vehicle title?

Submitted by jlmtaurus on 23rd Jul 2012

i jus bought a car and it has

i jus bought a car and it has no tags and no insurance i know i hve to get insurance first but i cant drive it to get inspected if it has no tags and a driving tag only covers you to drive from one house to the nxt and thats it what can i do? theres no way to register a car and get tags if i have the insurance before an inspection?

Submitted by basset on 15th Mar 2012

can I change registration

can I change registration from one of my vehicles to another of my vechicles & can I do it on line insteade of standing in line at DMV?

Submitted by vagirl326 on 19th Dec 2011

I am in the process of having

I am in the process of having a food concession trailer built in Florida. I will be drivinig to pick the trailer up. What plates do I need for the trailer in order to travel with it.

Submitted by piche58@hotmail.com on 2nd Dec 2011

I was supposed to get a

I was supposed to get a renewel in October and didn't get it in the mail, so do I need to come in to renew my tags? Or can it be done online?

Submitted by abends52 on 13th Aug 2011

I went to DMV and change my

I went to DMV and change my address on my license, but they have not send me a new registration with new address. Do I need to send in the old one for them to send me the new one with new address....

Submitted by mark evans on 6th Dec 2011

do i need to turn in my

do i need to turn in my plates from a car that i sold. at a office personaly or can they be dropped off?.

Submitted by lhagerma on 16th Jul 2011

I think I paid my

I think I paid my registration for 2 yrs. or more, how can I check on line to see if I paid it. thanks, Leslie Hagerman License No. WVUVATK

Submitted by ashley w. on 11th Jul 2011

i have a ford truck in my

i have a ford truck in my yard and its been there for a year and a half how do i get a title for an abandoned vehicle i have the keys vin and odometer reading

Submitted by Summers99 on 11th Jul 2011

My daughter is a Virginia

My daughter is a Virginia resident attending a university in Utah. She must maintain Virginia residency to have in-state privileges at any of Virginia’s public medical schools, which she hopes to attend. Her vehicle registration will soon expire. It is extremely impractical (six days of driving) for her to return to have her vehicle inspected. It is our understanding that she will need a safety inspection before she can renew her registration. Can she substitute a Utah inspection or have the inspection requirement waved until she (and her car) can return to Virginia?

Submitted by sweetgurl054u on 25th May 2011

can i tag and title a car

can i tag and title a car with liscense being suspended?

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Need answer to this question.

Need answer to this question. Need vehicle for relative to get me around

Submitted by CEECEE61 on 22nd May 2011

We purchased a vehicle at an

We purchased a vehicle at an auction and need to pick it up and get tags. We have insurance on the vehicle. Once we get the title, is there a temp document to allow us to drive it off the auction lot to DMV to get official registration and tags?

Submitted by Anonymous on 3rd May 2011

I live in West Virginia but I

I live in West Virginia but I also lease a place in Moneta Virginia. I stay in Virginia about 6 months out of the year. Can I register my vehicles in Virginia, do I have to get Virginia drivers license or can I keep my West Virginia?

Submitted by daw1122 on 26th Mar 2012

I live in Virginia with my

I live in Virginia with my son but trying to sell my house in Florida. Can I obtain a Virginia license plate?

Submitted by Anonymous on 27th Mar 2011

I BOUGHT A USED VEHICLE-THE

I BOUGHT A USED VEHICLE-THE DEALER REGISTER ME IN THE WRONG COUNTY, WAS WONDERING IF I CAN CORRECT THAT ON -LINE OR HAVE TO DO THIS IN PERSON? THE COUNTY THAT IT WAS REGISTER IN SAID I HAVE TO HAVE PROOF FROM DMV OF THE COUNTY IT IS GARAGED- IN ORDER OF NOT HAVING TO PAY THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES IN THAT COUNTY. HELP, PLEASE, THANKS

Submitted by Anonymous on 3rd Mar 2011

Just wondering if you need to

Just wondering if you need to have a drivers license to register a vehicle in my name?

Submitted by Nldi on 20th May 2016

No my mother just did this.

No my mother just did this. You have to have insurance on the car to get it registered and only a licensed driver is to drive the vehicle.

Submitted by Anonymous on 30th Apr 2011

YES

YES

Submitted by Anonymous on 3rd Mar 2011

how much do it cost to

how much do it cost to register my vehicle its an 02 intrepid

Submitted by onewvgirl on 3rd May 2010

I am new to Va and my cars Pa

I am new to Va and my cars Pa tags are expired, what do I need to have to register my car in Va? i am getting my Va drivers license tomorrow, I have valid insurance but I dont know what to do about the Pa registration which has been expired for about a year now.

Submitted by Anonymous on 28th Apr 2011

just go to dmv and tell them

just go to dmv and tell them u want to register ur vehicle here in VA...u have to have it inspected first before they wil register it...proof of insurance, title if u have it, or just call them..its simple

Submitted by SASSYASS777 on 14th Jul 2009

Is there a way to authorize

Is there a way to authorize someone, to be able to use your personally owned vehicle but for them to obtain the registration and tags in there name, without making them a co-owner on the vehicles title? For instance ; the owner of the vehicle is required to have an SR22 insurance policy and also currently has a suspended drivers license, therefore the owner of this vehicle would not be driving the vehicle under any terms at any time, while registered and/or tagged during the intended authorized users use??

Submitted by cornelio on 1st Jul 2009

Just wondering if someone

Just wondering if someone could help me out, i've only got my learner's permit and was wondering if it would be possible for me to register a vehicle under my name or is it absolutelly necessary to have my driver's license to register one?

Submitted by keshacrosby on 6th Apr 2009

no

no

Submitted by goldplatinum on 23rd Feb 2009

how do it cost for title &

how do it cost for title & registration i got a 1989 chevrolet pickup

Submitted by Evelyn S Jernigan on 26th Jan 2009

Deceased husband had bronze

Deceased husband had bronze star license plate. How do I renew and keep same plate as well as retitle vehicle? thanks!

Submitted by nagini75 on 21st Jan 2009

car registration

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Submitted by John E. Baber on 21st Aug 2015

My 2011 Ford Edge Sport

My 2011 Ford Edge Sport Utility registration will expire on 09/30/2015. I'd like to renew the registration for two years, please

Submitted by edcatan on 7th Mar 2012

My daughter recently moved to

My daughter recently moved to Arlington Virginia. I am giving her my 2007 Camry and I live in NY. Does she need the car to register it? I had planned on signing over the title so she can insure it, register it at the DMV and obtain new plates. She told me she needs the car to register it...is that true? I prefer not to leave my plates on the car. Please advise.

Submitted by Anonymous on 10th Feb 2011

Im trying to find out. If i

Im trying to find out. If i can turn my street bike into a street quad. Is it our can you get it street legal in Virginia Roanoke/Vinton area 24179 ( The street bike whould have 4-wheels light break horn street tires every thang it already have but 4- wheels

Submitted by Anonymous on 16th Mar 2011

I hope this is right i

I hope this is right i beentrying to get my handy cap pass for some time now , still it have not came what do I do theold one runs out in 2 days