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Virginia vehicle title fee increasing next week

Staff report • Jun 30, 2018 at 9:30 AM

RICHMOND — Starting Sunday it will cost a bit more to get a vehicle title from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

The title fee will go up from $10 to $15, as approved by this year’s session of the Virginia General Assembly. The DMV said the fee has not been adjusted since the 1980s and will still be significantly less than the amount charged by surrounding states.

Unless stipulated otherwise, legislation approved by the General Assembly takes effect on July 1, the first day of the fiscal year.

In other DMV-related legislation that will take effect Sunday, Virginians with outstanding tolls will be able to request a one-month extension to renew their expiring vehicle registrations, along with paying a $10 administrative fee and a fee for a one-month renewal. Only one extension will be granted for any one vehicle registration period.

Also, H.B. 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.

The legislation taking effect July 1 allows individuals to purchase a vehicle and have it temporarily registered. It also provides time to pay delinquent taxes or fees. Once unpaid taxes or fees are satisfied, the DMV can issue a full one-, two- or three-year registration.

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