Sold, traded or no longer operate your vehicle? Moved out of Virginia?
If so, Virginia law requires you to immediately surrender your license plates and/or vehicle registration to DMV.
How To Permanently Surrender Plates
You have three options:
- Use DMV's Online Plate Surrender to report the surrender of your plates. You will not be eligible for a refund on the cost of registration fees for this vehicle.
- Drop off your plates at a customer service center. No appointment is necessary. You may be eligible for a refund on the cost of registration fees for this vehicle.
- Complete a Vehicle Registration Refund Application (FMS 210) and mail it along with your plates to:
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
2300 West Broad St
Richmond, VA 23269
If your registration expires in six months or later and you surrender your plates to DMV, you may qualify for a partial refund.* Complete a Vehicle Registration Refund Application (FMS 210) and return it along with the license plates to DMV. Refunds generally take 30 days to process.
Partial refunds do not include all fees paid at the time of registration. Fees not refunded are Highway Use fees, one-time plate reservation fees, Virginia Road Tax for heavy trucks and any late fees.
*Refund does not apply if you used Online Plate Surrender.
How To Deactivate Plates
You may temporarily deactivate your license plates and registration if you have a need to cancel your liability insurance coverage, but wish to keep your license plates. Do not cancel your insurance until you have completed this process.
If you cancel your insurance while your license plates and registration are active, your driving and vehicle registration privileges could be suspended.
How To Transfer Plates
Complete a License Plate Application (VSA 10) and visit a customer service center to complete the transfer transaction.
What To Do With Old Plates
Once you receive your new (replacement) plates, you may destroy the old plates.