Driving

To drive legally in Virginia, you must get a Virginia driver's license within 60 days of moving to the state (which, newcomers should note, is actually a commonwealth).

Within 30 days of moving to Virginia, you must:

  • Title your vehicle in Virginia.
  • Meet Virginia's minimum car insurance requirements, which are $25,000 for injury or death of one person; $50,000 for injury or death of two or more people; and $20,000 for property damaged.  If you can't get insurance, you must pay a $500 uninsured motorist fee.
  • Pass a vehicle-safety inspection and put a sticker on your windshield proving it.  The inspection can be done for $15 ($5 for motorcycles) at many auto-repair shops.  You can call the Virginia State Police at 804-378-3477 for locations of inspection stations.
  • Register your vehicle and get Virginia license plates at a Department of Motor Vehicles center.  You can register your vehicle only after it passes a safety inspection and after you have insured and titled it.
  • Get a vehicle decal from the County.

For detailed information on becoming a legal driver, check out the DMV Newcomer's Guide.

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