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Registration Stickers Regulations in West Virginia

What are the registration stickers regulations in the state of West Virginia including safety inspections.

If your vehicle already has a valid inspection sticker, you do not need to have your vehicle inspected until the sticker expires. However, if you purchased your vehicle in West Virginia and it does not have a current inspection sticker, you must have the vehicle inspected within three days of registering it. Inspections are carried out at a West Virginia State Police approved inspection station.

To obtain a replacement registration sticker you must complete the Application for Duplicate Registration and pay the appropriate fee, which is currently $5. Then go to your local DMV office and submit the application. You may also mail the application to the address below:

West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles
1800 Kanawha Blvd., East
Building 3
Charleston, WV 25317

For additional information related to vehicle registration card, license plates, or stickers, contact the West Virginia DMV at (304) 558-0103 for assistance. You can also send an email

Safety Inspections

West Virginia requires a routine safety inspection every twelve (12) months. Vehicles may be inspected at any official inspection station licensed by the West Virginia State Police. When a vehicle passes the inspection, a sticker valid for twelve (12) months will be placed on the inside of the windshield. It is illegal to drive a vehicle without a valid inspection sticker.

New Residents

New residents have 10 days from the date they title a vehicle to have a West Virginia inspection. This also includes the purchase of vehicles out of state. West Virginia has reciprocity with Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Therefore, out of state inspection sticker from these states is valid in West Virginia until expiration. Any vehicle purchased or otherwise acquired within West Virginia not having a valid inspection sticker must be inspected within 10 days. You must have a valid registration card and a current certificate of insurance in the vehicle at the time of inspection. Visit the WV State Police Motor Vehicle Safety Program for more information about vehicle inspections.

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