In Virginia, you are required to title and register your vehicle with the Commonwealth of Virginia within 30 days of moving to the state.

Within 60 days of moving to Virginia, you must obtain a Virginia driver’s license. However, if you hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you must obtain a Virginia CDL within 30 days.

If you are age 19 or older and you hold a valid driver’s license issued by a U.S. state or territory, a Canadian province, France or Germany, you may not be required to:

  • Take the two-part knowledge exam or the road skills test
  • Show proof of successful completion of driver education; or
  • Hold a learner’s permit for 30 days.

However, you must pass a vision screening to exchange your valid Maryland driver’s license for a Virginia driver’s license.

The VA DMV also notes that Canadian or US licenses must be surrendered when you apply for a Virginia driver’s license. They advise that you photocopy your out-of-state driver’s license before surrendering it since you may need it for insurance or licensing purposes.

Your car must pass an annual vehicle safety to ensure that your vehicle is mechanically safe to operate.

In Virginia from the moment you register your vehicle to the day the registration period expires, your vehicle must be covered by a liability policy issued by an insurance company licensed to do business in Virginia, even if the vehicle is not working or not being used.

Virginia car insurance law requires the following minimum liability insurance coverage for all registered vehicles:

  • $25,000 for bodily injury or death of one person;
  • $50,000 for bodily injury or death of two or more people; and
  • $20,000 for property damage

This is referred to as 25/50/20. You will need this as we mentioned from the moment your car is registered in Virginia. You can start shopping for your Virginia car insurance here with us by getting free auto insurance quotes.

— Michelle Megna contributed to this story.

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Shivani Gite is a personal finance and insurance writer with a degree in journalism and mass communication. She is passionate about making insurance topics easy to understand for people and helping them make better financial decisions. When not writing, you can find her reading a book or watching anime.