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Old 10-13-2013, 12:30 PM
 
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Hi all,
Am I required to go pay registration and change my tags to Virginia immediately? I just renewed in my old state before moving. I thought I could keep those tags on my car until they expire (next summer), and then switch. But, someone mentioned they thought I had to get things changed over within 30 days of moving here.

Is that true? Do I need to get a new license also? Thanks!
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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You have 60 days to transfer your license over to Virginia.

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

After that, you will be able to get your tags changed over. You will also have to pass the safety inspection/emissions inspection.

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

It's not like after 60 days an alarm goes off and the police know to pull you over, but yes, you are supposed to have it done within 2 months. Oftentimes if there is a significant length left on your old state's registration, they will refund some of the money. I had a 2 year registration in Maryland, and they refunded the 2nd year when I moved after only 3 months.
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:36 PM
 
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Thank you for the links. Virginia does not mess around with the documentation required to get a new driver's license, haha.

Can any spot (like, say, Firestone) that does oil changes also do an inspection and give me an inspection sticker? I need my oil changed anyway, so I may as well double dip.

Since I imagine the DMV is closed tomorrow, can I get the inspection sticker tomorrow when I get my oil changed and then go after that and get my new Virginia driver's license at the same time as I title and register my car here? It would be nice to take care of everything all at once.
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Old 10-13-2013, 05:31 PM
 
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There is not, to my knowledge, an online resource for all safety inspection locations, but there is one for the emissions test. I would imagine that 99.9 per cent. of places that do the emissions also do the safety inspection (the reason that I leave a modicum of wiggle room is that they are two different programs administered by two different branches of Virginia government).

The link to locate emissions inspection locations is http://www.virims.com/stations/

Good luck.
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:21 PM
 
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Thanks! I appreciate it.
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:42 PM
 
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don't forget about the emissions test that needs to be done every 2 years. I think when I moved up here I had to get the inspection AND emissions test right away. When you get new VA plates, I last recall getting a 15 day temporary inspection sticker for my windshield. Also a property tax bill in the mail from the county for each car.
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:22 PM
 
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Hi all,
Am I required to go pay registration and change my tags to Virginia immediately? I just renewed in my old state before moving. I thought I could keep those tags on my car until they expire (next summer), and then switch. But, someone mentioned they thought I had to get things changed over within 30 days of moving here.

Is that true? Do I need to get a new license also? Thanks!
You are suppose to, but heck, i know plenty of people who do not, or wait for their tags to expire to do so. When i lived up there, I never changed them over to Virginia. Of course my situation was different in which I kept everything registered at a relative's house in another state.
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:28 PM
 
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My car is not that old, so I imagine it is fine....but what happens to people who fail the emissions test? That seems....like it would suck a lot and be expensive to fix.
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:40 AM
 
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My car is not that old, so I imagine it is fine....but what happens to people who fail the emissions test? That seems....like it would suck a lot and be expensive to fix.
Virginia DEQ - Vehicle Emissions Inspection FAQ
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:47 AM
 
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I know that in Maryland you get penalized big time if you go past the 30 or 60 days and then register. Does Virginia penalize you for that? In MD, IIRC, they will charge you the full tax on the car, even if you paid it in another state previously. What does Virginia do? I also advise the OP to check about insurance issues driving around on an invalid registration (you moved, so it's invalid).

You can get both inspections done before heading to the DMV, and you should. It saves you a second trip to the DMV. You can transfer your license at the same time you register the car, or do one or the other (doesn't matter which one you do first).

Lastly, I got a refund from my old state when I turned in the plates. You should check if your old state does that.
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