Renew Registration in Virginia

Need to renew your Virginia car registration? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

Renewing your Virginia Car Registration

Renewing your tag is an easy process in Virginia, as you are given option of renewing in person, by phone or via mail.

To renew your registration in person, visit for a list of DMV offices in the state of Virginia. You will also be required to present your renewal card or current Virginia vehicle registration, emissions certificate (if applicable) and payment for required fees.

You are only eligible to renew your tag by mail if you’re out of state or can’t make it into an office. To renew by mail, complete the instructions given on your renewal notice and mail it in to the address listed.

If the other options are inconvenient for you, the state allows you to renew by phone by calling 1-888-337-4782 and following the prompts. Make sure you have your renewal card and credit card on hand. If you have lost your renewal notice, contact the Title/Registration division at 1-804-497-7100 to learn exactly what you owe.