DMV to implement legislative changes effective July 1

Published 1:02 pm Saturday, June 30, 2018

by Brandy Brubaker

As a result of 2018 General Assembly action, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is advising customers of important new legislation.

Title fee

Virginia’s vehicle title fee will increase from $10 to $15 on July 1. The Commonwealth’s title fee has not been adjusted since the 1980s and remains significantly less than the title fees charged by surrounding states.

Vehicle registration extensions for some customers with outstanding tolls

House Bill 1069/Senate Bill 575 enables Virginians whose ability to renew their expiring vehicle registration has been withheld due to outstanding road tolls to request a one month registration extension if the current registration period will expire within the calendar month. This gives customers time to settle their debt without impacting their ability to use their vehicle. Applicable customers must pay a $10 administrative fee and a fee for a one-month renewal. Only one extension may be granted for any one vehicle registration period.

Temporary vehicle registration for some customers with delinquent taxes

House Bill 489 permits persons with delinquent taxes or fees, including local vehicle license fees, delinquent tangible personal property tax, or parking citations, to register a newly purchased vehicle for up to 90 days. This allows individuals to purchase a vehicle, but grants time to satisfy delinquent taxes or fees. Once the taxes or fees are satisfied, DMV may issue a full one-, two-, or three-year registration. For more information, visit

BRANDY BRUAKER is a spokesperson for the DMV. She can be reached at 804-367-6834.