A vehicle’s registration proves you have registered it with the state and are legally allowed to drive it. You’ll need to register a vehicle if you buy it from a dealer or private seller, or move to a different state. Registrations must be renewed annually. Need to renew?
A complete Virginia registration gets you:
- One front and one back license plate (one plate if your vehicle is a motorcycle, tractor truck, semitrailer or trailer)
- Decals displaying the registration’s expiration date
- A registration card
Title vs. Registration
A title proves you own the vehicle. Registration proves the vehicle is authorized to be driven.