Transferring your driver’s license when moving to Virginia can feel like a daunting task, but it’s something you will have to do if you want to continue driving in your new state. However, there’s no need to worry, in this guide we will go through everything you need to know to complete the process.
When you move from out of state, you must transfer your license to Virginia within 60 days of becoming a resident. You are considered a resident if:
If you don’t transfer your license in time, it will no longer be valid. If you are caught driving with an invalid license, it is a Class 2 misdemeanor. This carries a fine of up to $1000, up to six months in jail, demerit points on your driving record, and suspension of your license for up to 90 days.
In case of a second violation, the penalty rises to a Class 1 misdemeanor. You can avoid all of this by simply transferring your license on time!
First, Gather your documents. You will need to submit the following:
Got your document? Good. Follow these steps to complete the license transfer.
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At the time of writing, transferring your license to Virginia costs $4 for each year it’s valid (Minimum $20). If you receive an eight-year license, it would be a base cost of $32. Add an additional $2 if you also need a motorcycle endorsement.
If you are applying for a REAL-ID for the first time, add another $10 to your expected fees. You can find a full list of possible fees to expect as a new Virginia resident on the DMV website.
Remember to bring a valid form of payment. Most locations accept a credit/debit card, checkbook, money order, or cash. Call ahead to make sure you know which ones your Virginia DMV location will accept.
You should now be prepared to transfer your license to Virginia! All the steps involved are fairly straightforward. If you found this helpful and need to know anything about Driver’s Licenses and similar, such as obtaining them for the first time, keep us here at Zutobi in your mind!
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