New To Virginia–Instructions for getting a license, registering your car

Obtain a Vehicle Safety Inspection Sticker

Before operating a vehicle in Virginia, it must pass an annual safety inspection and display a valid safety inspection sticker. Be warned: if you drive your vehicle without an inspection sticker, you may be ticketed by law enforcement. We recommend American Pride Automotive, not just because they have been around for more than 2 decades, but also because they truly live up to their slogan of being Community Driven. For years now American Pride has been donating $5.00 from each State Inspection and gifting it to local non-profits and charities. This unique initiative is aptly named State Inspections for our Community

American Pride Automotive 

5406 Airport Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

(757) 903-2473

They also have locations near Toano and in Yorktown .

Meet Virginia’s Vehicle Insurance Requirements

From the moment you register your vehicle to the day the registration period expires, your vehicle must be covered by a liability policy issued by an insurance company licensed to do business in Virginia – even if the vehicle is not working or not being used. 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.

Then go to DMV Office @

952 Capitol Landing Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185-4327

Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

To title your vehicle and obtain license plates and get a driver’s license.

Apply for a Virginia Driver’s License

Information you need to review/study to obtain a driver’s license is listed below:

· Eligibility Requirements

· Applying for a Virginia License

· Virginia Driver’s Manual

· Document Guide for Licenses and ID Cards

Title Your Vehicle in Virginia

To register your vehicle in Virginia and obtain license plates, you must first title your vehicle within 30 days of moving to Virginia.

Register Your Vehicle and Acquire License Plates

After you have insured and titled your vehicle, register it at any Virginia DMV customer service center within 30 days of moving to Virginia. Your registration fee is determined by:

· the empty weight or gross weight of your vehicle,

· the type of license plate you purchase (see special license plates section), and

· the period of time, one or two years, you choose to register your vehicle.

A two-year registration costs twice the annual fee and provides added convenience for our customers. However, the two-year renewal option is not available for vehicles with a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more, vehicles registered under the International Registration Plan or uninsured vehicles.

As a courtesy, DMV will mail renewal reminders to you prior to the expiration date of your registration. To receive reminders on time, be sure to update your address with DMV. You can renew your vehicle registration online, by telephone, or by mail.

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

DMV will issue you two license plates, two decals showing the expiration date, and a registration card. Apply the decals as indicated on the plates, then place the plates on the front and rear of your vehicle so that they are securely fastened and clearly visible. If your vehicle is a motorcycle, DMV will issue you just one license plate for the vehicle.

It is illegal to mount license plates frames, colored glass, plastic or any other type of covering on your license plates that alters or obscures the letters, numbers, decals or the state where the vehicle is registered, and when the registration expires.

Additional Information

· Voter registration is available at any DMV office.