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Hampton Roads License & Registration

Here are the steps to getting your Virginia license and registering your vehicle to comply with local laws:

Driver’s License

The Virginia DMV may exchange your out-of-state driver’s license for a Virginia driver’s license if you meet the identity, legal presence, residency, and social security requirements and Virginia’s driver education requirements.

The minimum age for obtaining a Virginia driver’s license is sixteen years and three months.

Auto Registration

1. Obtain a vehicle safety inspection sticker

To ensure that your vehicle is mechanically safe to operate on the highways of the Commonwealth, it must pass an annual vehicle safety inspection.

  1. Meet Virginia’s vehicle insurance requirements (your vehicle must be insured when you register it)Virginia law requires the following minimum insurance coverage for all registered vehicles.$25,000 for bodily injury or death of one person;$50,000 for bodily injury or death of two or more people; and$20,000 for property damage.

Or, if insurance is not an option, pay a $500 uninsured motor vehicle fee (UMV). Paying this fee does not provide insurance coverage, but it does allow you to register and operate your vehicle in Virginia for one year.

3.Title your vehicle in Virginia (do this within 30 days of moving to Virginia)

To register your vehicle in Virginia and obtain license plates, you must first complete the title process. After your vehicle passes a safety inspection and you have insured and titled it, you need to register your vehicle at any Virginia DMV center.

Keep the registration card with you whenever you operate the vehicle.

License Plates

DMV will issue two license plates, two decals showing the expiration date, and a registration card unless your vehicle is a motorcycle, then DMV will issue you just one license plate for the vehicle.

An alternative to visiting the DMV customer service center is DMV Select. DMV Select locations, where local governments and private citizens have contracted with DMV to process select DMV transactions.

DMV Offices

James City County DMV Select

(866) 368-5463

3127 Forge Road

Toano, VA 23168

Mathews County DMV Select

10644 Buckley Hall Road

Mathews, VA 23109

Virginia Beach DMV Select

(866) 368-5463

2401 Courthouse Drive Bldg. #1

Virginia Beach, VA 23456


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