How to Renew Your Car Registration in Virginia

The Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles alerts when they need to renew with a renewal notice. This notice includes the renewal date, fees, and if you’ll need an emissions test (Northern VA residents).

The renewal period is also printed on the vehicle registration card.

Drivers have a 15-day grace period after the renewal period to complete this transaction. You cannot renew if you have delinquent property taxes, parking citations, or toll violations. If you did not receive your notice or need to check the status of your renewal, you may visit a local DMV, visit the VA DMV website, or call 804-497-7100 for more information.

Forgoing renewal may cause a suspended license, extra late fees, and/or penalties.

Vehicle registration renewal is available:

  • Online
  • In-Person
  • By Mail

Note: Your vehicle’s registration address must be current at the time of renewal. If not, you can update this information online before renewing. If your current registration already expired (but within 90-days), you can still renew but you’ll pay a $10 late fee.

What’s Needed to Renew a Registration in Virginia

You will need the renewal notice or registration card to begin the process of renewing your car. The process is quick and easy if you have documents ready. Here is what you’ll need.

  1. Identification
    1. Driver’s license
    2. VA ID
  2. Vehicle essentials
    1. Renewal notice or registration card
    2. Vehicle insurance
    3. Conditional: Emissions test
  3. Valid payment method
    1. Renewal fees
    2. Local taxes and fees
    3. Hybrid/Electric: $64 license tax

You can renew your vehicle for 1 – 3 years if applicable. Check with your local DMV to better understand what’s available or visit the VA DMV site for more information.

How to Renew a Virginia Car Registration

The registration fees for most passenger vehicles varies. Your final price may also include the vehicle’s weight, type, and county. Plus, whether you’re paying in-person, late, need an emissions test, or have other business at the DMV.

Renewing Online

Renewing online is the preferred method and saves you $1 – $4 for the convenience.

  1. Get your emissions test (if applicable)
  2. Visit VA’s MyDMV
  3. Fill in your DMV customer or SSN number
    1. DoB
  4. Enter your vehicle information
    1. Title Number
    2. Last 4-digits of the VIN
  5. Confirm the details and pay the renewal fee

You can print a renewal registration letting you drive for 15-days until the finalized registration arrives in the mail.

Renewing In-Person

Find your local VA DMV in our directory, then do the following:

  1. Certificate of emissions test (if applicable)
  2. Your license or ID
  3. Renewal information
    1. Option: Renewal notice
    2. Option: Registration card
  4. Proof of auto insurance
  5. Payment for the renewal fee

Note: You will pay an extra $5 fee (per transaction) when renewing in-person.

Renewing by Mail

Mail renewal is available but a little slower than the others. You will receive a small discount doing it this way but not as much as renewing online. You will include the applicable emissions test results, renewal notice, copies of your information, and make a check/money order to the DMV.

Mail your information to:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

P.O. Box 27412

Richmond, VA 23269

Lost, Damaged, or Stolen Title and Tags

Something happened to your vehicle’s title and/or tags preventing you from finalizing your car’s registration? See our Title Replacement Guide