Other Registrations in Virginia: Motorcycles, Boats, and More

Virginia offers miles and miles of roads, waterways, outdoor paths, and more.

Virginia is a state full of thrilling adventure, having many wanting to get away from the everyday commute to enjoy a fun ride with their motorcycle, off-road vehicle, and other vehicle types.

Most motor-powered vehicles in Virginia require titling and registration. This process is not too different than your typical car registration. Let’s look at the differences and steps required to get other types on the road (or lack there-of).

Read along and follow these guides to legally drive (or boat) in VA.

Virginia Motorcycle Registration

Motorcycle registration is a requirement within 300days of its purchase or lease. You will complete a safety inspection and emissions test if applicable before registering. You will also need motorcycle insurance or pay a $500 uninsured motorist fee during the process.

Registering a motorcycle in VA includes:

  1. Providing the motorcycle title
    1. Dealer Bought: Manufacturer Certificate
    2. Leasing: Power of Attorney form
    3. Private Sale: Signed Title
  2. Complete a:
    1. Vehicle Registration (VSA 14)
    2. Safety inspection
    3. Emissions test (if applicable)
    4. Private sales: Odometer reading and proof of purchase
  3. Get motorcycle insurance
  4. Pay the $28.75 registration fee
    1. Plus: Sales taxes and use fees

Take these items down to your local VADMV (click to find one). You can register your motorcycle from 1 to 2 years. A dealership will send your documentary and provide a temporary registration at the time of its purchase or lease.

Mopeds

Mopeds are classified as having a smaller than a 50CC engine, less than 3-wheels, and its seat doesn’t sit higher than 24 inches. You are not required to get a safety/odometer inspection, have insurance, and other typical fees when registering. You will need to file a VSA 17A and VSA 31 to register it, though, along with a bill of sale, title, proof of ID/address, and pay the necessary fees.

Virginia Boat Registration

Virginia boat registration is handled through the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. Registration is available online where you can download and print your documents. They’re available at the department or by mail, too, upon request.

A Certificate of Title and Certificate of Number are required for any watercraft. All motorboats, regardless of length, need registration. You will also provide a Certificate of Title and pay applicable fees during the registration process. Titling and registration are required for sailboats longer than 18ft, too.

Here’s what you’ll do online or in-person:

  1. Show proof of ownership
    1. Bill of sale or statement of origin
    2. Vessel title or out-of-state registration
    3. Govt-issued documentation
  2. Complete the Application for Watercraft Certificate of Title and Certificate of Number (Registration) (BRT001)
  3. Pay title and registration fees:
    1. Title: $7
    2. Registration: $27 – $45
    3. Plus: 2% watercraft sales tax

You will receive a temporary Certificate of Number or Registration Certificate until the permanent one is signed and received. Else, you may operate the watercraft up to 30-days with a bill of sale and a valid Certificate of Number until the registration completes. Your registration is valid for 3-years.

Every boating participant must take a boating safety course and be at least 14 years old and older to operate the water vessel. These courses are available online and in-person. Upon completion, boaters can get an education card that lasts a lifetime.

Virginia Off-Road Vehicle Registration

All-terrain vehicles with 3 or more wheels, powered by a motor, and made for off-highway require titling. You will complete the VSA-17A form to title and register the off-road vehicle.

You will also show your proof of title or certificate of manufacturer’s origin, provide a bill of sale and proof of address, and pay the $15 titling fees. Use taxes apply.

Once titled, you can select to have your title registered electronically or get a paper title. Titling all-terrain vehicles is available online and in-person at your local DMV.