Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) FAQs

  1. How does the Virginia point system work?

    In Virginia, every driver starts out with zero points on his or her record. Every year that passes without any traffic violations, safe points accumulate to help offset any penalty points you may receive. Demerit points can be put on your driver’s record for any of several driving or criminal violations. If you accumulate too many demerit points, your license may be suspended or revoked.

  2. Why was my license suspended in VA?

    Your license can be suspended for any of several reasons in the state of Virginia. For example, if you have received too many traffic tickets, a DUI or serious reckless driving charges, you can easily have your license suspended. Driving with a suspended license is considered a serious offense and is illegal. You can check the causes for your suspended license and the steps you are required to take for license reinstatement online. You can learn more about drivers license suspension and reinstatement by downloading our comprehensive guide.

  3. Why was my VA driver’s license revoked?

    Having your license revoked permanently removes your driving privileges in Virginia. If you do not follow instructions for reinstatement after a license suspension, your license may be revoked. For some serious driving or criminal convictions, your license can be immediately revoked. If permitted, you must complete all rehabilitation steps, as prescribed by the court, and complete all requirements for obtaining a drivers license in Virginia from the beginning.

  4. How can I get my license reinstated in Virginia?

    If you are looking for license reinstatement in VA, the procedure you must follow for reinstatement depends on the reason you lost the license in the first place. You may have to pay penalty fines or court fees, retake medical or skills tests or attend a driver improvement program. You should check your status online to see what steps you need to take in order to proceed.

  5. How can I register my vehicle in VA?

    You are required to register (tag and title) any motor vehicle that is in use. To register, your vehicle must pass an annual safety inspection and display a valid safety inspection sticker. Your car must be titled in Virginia and have active VA auto insurance to be eligible to register.

  6. How do I obtain a vehicle title in Virginia?

    To obtain a title in VA, you will need to show a proof of address and proof of purchase price, such as a bill of sale or buyer’s order, along with a completed “Application for New Owner Certificate of Title and Registration."

  7. How do I obtain license plates in VA?

    You can choose a specific plate design from over 200 on the DMV website. You will need your title and VIN numbers, along with an online payment method. Your Virginia license plates will then arrive in the mail.

  8. How can I obtain disabled plates or placards?

    Disabled plates are provided to drivers with temporary or permanent disabilities that may limit or impair their mobility. There are different types of disabled placards. It is a serious infraction to make use of disabled placards by individuals without a disability.

  9. I received a speeding ticket in Virginia. Now what?

    Once you have received a driving violation ticket in Virginia, you should closely read the details listed on the back of the infraction. It will help you understand exactly what charges you are facing and what steps you must take to resolve them.

  10. What is the maximum blood alcohol level a driver can have while legally operating a motor vehicle in Virginia?

    The legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level for driving in Virginia is 0.08 percent. Minors are limited to a 0.02 percent BAC level. Driving any motor vehicle with a BAC level above these levels can result in a DUI or other serious traffic penalties.

  11. What happens if I receive a DUI in VA?

    Being convicted of a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge in Virginia will automatically place demerit points on your license, require attendance at a driver improvement clinic, and carry a fine. Being convicted of a DUI, especially multiple DUIs, is a serious offense that could cause you to lose your license. Learn more about DUIs in Virginia in our free, downloadable guide.

  12. How do I update my address or phone number for the Virginia state DMV?

    You should notify the Virginia DMV within 30 days of any address change. You can do so online or in person at a Customer Service Center.

  13. How do I report vehicle insurance coverage to the DMV in Virginia?

    The DMV may request proof of vehicle coverage insurance, usually in the form of an SR-22, for many reasons. To receive an SR22 form, contact your auto insurance provider and request the generation and proof of insurance coverage certificate be sent to the DMV; you cannot send this form to the DMV, yourself. Note that some insurance providers may increase your premium for requesting this service.