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.