Virginia Car Title Transfer and Registration

Vehicle registration must be completed with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in order to legally drive on VA roadways. So what do you need to take with you to complete your transaction the first time? It depends on how you own your automobile (leasing, making payments, or owner with title) and how you want to register (single, joint, business or transfer to family member) your automobile.

Once you establish residency in the state, you will have 30 days to complete your vehicle registration and titling with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Before you can legally drive in Virginia, you must register and title your car with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Both are completed at the same time, which saves you an extra trip to the VA DMV.

Vehicle Registration & Title Transfer Process

To complete the registration of your vehicle and transfer the title with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, you must provide the following:

  • A completed Application for Registration (Form VSA 14).
  • Proof of identity and address.
  • Your vehicle’s inspection certificate.
  • Proof of insurance OR payment for the $500 uninsured motorist fee.
  • Payment for your registration fees.
  • Documentation and payment for titling your vehicle.
    • Required only if you haven’t previously titled your vehicle with the VA DMV

A Virginia registration card and license plate will be issued upon completion of the vehicle registration.  The registration must be kept in your vehicle at all times. You will need to renew your vehicle registration either every year or every 2 years, depending on which option you choose.

To be sure you have everything you need before getting in line at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, visit, answer 3 to 5 questions to generate a checklist of what is needed. Military personnel often get tax breaks in many states, your checklist will indicate if this is the case.