The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles notifies vehicle owners of the expiration date of their vehicle registration by mail. Vehicle registrations can be renewed before the expiration date either by telephone, through the mail, using the DMV's online service, or in person.
REGISTRATION RENEWAL BY TELEPHONE
You can use a touchtone phone to renew your registration. You will need a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express) to pay for the renewal transaction. The procedure takes less than 5 minutes.
- Have your credit card, registration renewal notice and the emissions certificate (if required) handy before the call.
- Call the toll free number (888) 337-4782.
- Follow the instructions of the automated attendant to complete the registration renewal.
REGISTRATION RENEWAL BY U.S. MAIL
REGISTRATION RENEWAL VIA THE INTERNET
- Go to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Online Services website.
- Have your credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express) or debit card (MasterCard or VISA) handy to pay for the renewal. You can also request an electronic withdrawal from your checking account.
- There is no additional fee for online renewals.
REGISTRATION RENEWAL IN PERSON
- Locate the DMV office in your area.
- Bring the registration renewal form, along with cash, check, credit or debit card to pay for the renewal.
Registration for different categories of vehicles in Virginia will have different fees that range from $18 to $100 as seen here
- Before renewal, check for errors in the pre-printed vehicle renewal notice that arrived in the mail.
- For correction or change of address, you can still use the automated, toll-free number (888) 337-4782 to renew, or use the online services to correct your address before renewing.
- For any other error, dial the toll-free number (866) 368-5463 and explain the error to the DMV customer service agent