Ultimate Guide to Registering Your Vehicle in Virginia


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Here's the ultimate guide to registering your vehicle in Virginia. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.

What You’ll Need to Register your Vehicle in Virginia

  • Completed Application for Registration (Form VSA 14) OR completed Application for Certificate of Title and Registration (Form VSA 17A) (if vehicle has not previously been titled in Virginia)
  • Proof of identity, Social Security number, legal presence in U.S., and residency in Virginia
  • Complete list of acceptable documents
  • Proof of vehicle ownership
  • Out-of-state title OR registration card;
  • Virginia vehicle title (signed over by seller; including odometer reading and purchase price)
  • Proof of Virginia vehicle insurance OR $500 for uninsured motorist fee
  • Power of attorney from lienholder (if vehicle is leased)
  • Proof of completed safety inspection
  • Proof of completed emissions inspection (if applicable)
  • Payment for required fees & taxes
  • Registration fee (varies based on vehicle weight and length of time)
  • Complete fee chart
  • $10 title fee
  • 4.15% motor vehicle sales and use tax OR proof of sales tax paid out-of-state
  • $64 surcharge assessed for electric vehicles

What You’ll Do to Register Your Vehicle in Virginia

  • Step 1: Apply online for a Trip Permit (valid for 3 days) if you need to drive the vehicle to complete the safety inspection or visit the DMV (optional)
  • Step 2: Visit your nearest DMV office (optional: make an appointment!)
  • Submit the required documents & ID
  • Submit payment
  • Receive your temporary registration, registration stickers, and title plus Virginia license plates
  • Step 3: Receive your Virginia registration card and title via U.S. mail

Caveats and Exceptions in Registering Your Vehicle in Virginia

  • Check if your vehicle requires an emissions inspection: view the complete Virginia Vehicle Inspection Guide.

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