Virginia License Plate Lookup

Free Virginia License Plate Lookup

Lookup and search your Virginia license plate and get a free complete vehicle history report including: salvage status, theft or accident records, recalls and more!

Run a Virginia license plate lookup to get a complete vehicle history report. Checking the car’s history report will reveal some critical information. It will show if a car has been in an accident or has an open recall. At, you can get a free vehicle report by running a VIN check or license plate lookup. offers free license plate lookup. Using your Virginia license plate, you can get a complete vehicle report at no cost. Every report contains:

  •    Market Value
  •    Vehicle Specifications
  •    Equipment Details
  •    Fuel Efficiency
  •    Safety Rating
  •    Inspection Checklist
  •    Current Warranty
  •    NMVTIS Vehicle History Report

Title and Vehicle Registration in Virginia

Virginia License Plate LookupBefore you can legally drive in Virginia, your vehicle must have license plates issued by the Virginia DMV. Vehicles are required to display license plates on both the front and back.

Lost, stolen or damaged license plates can be replaced. Simply complete Form VSA 14 and submit to your DMV. If your plates have been lost or stolen, please report this to your local police department.

How To Get a Vehicle Title in Virginia

Title shows proof of ownership. Vehicle owners must obtain a title for their car at any Virginia DMV office. To title your vehicle:

  1. Present the following documents

For in-state vehicles:

  • Virginia title with the “Assignment of Title by Owner” and “Application for New Owner Certificate of Title and Registration” sections completed or, if the vehicle is new, provide the Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin/Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MCO or MSO). If titling with an MCO or MSO, complete an Application for Title and Registration (VSA 17A).
  • Proof of identity and residence
  • Proof of purchase price or bill of sale (signed by the seller or purchaser)

For out-of-state vehicles:

For imported vehicles:

How To Register a Vehicle in Virginia

To legally drive a car in the state, vehicles must be registered with the Virginia DMV. Your vehicle must pass an annual vehicle safety inspection and display a valid safety inspection sticker. To register your vehicle, you must have:

  1. Have your car titled in Virginia.
  2. Complete an “Application for Registration” (form VSA 14)
  3. Have an emissions inspection on your vehicle
  4. Must have minimum insurance requirements or pay the uninsured motor vehicle fee

Types of Virginia License Plates

Virginia issues more than 200 special license plates which represent the military, colleges and universities, and other special interest organizations.

Personalized license plates costs $10/year. You can use a combination of up to seven characters. Please check the availability of your personalized plate before you purchase.

How much does it cost to transfer license plates in Virginia?

To transfer title from vehicle to another vehicle you own:

How do I cancel my Virginia license plates?

You can deactivate or reactivate license plates online or by calling DMV at (804) 497-7100. To reactivate your license plates and registration, you must:

  • Have no outstanding tax obligations on your motor vehicle.
  • Provide insurance policy information or pay the uninsured motor vehicle fee.

More Resources for Virginia Drivers:

Buying a used car in Virginia?  Run a Virginia license plate lookup. Learn as much as you can about the car before you buy!

  1. Ask for the car’s maintenance record from the owner, dealer, or repair shop.
  2. Know the title status of the vehicle. It could be salvaged, rebuilt, has an outstanding lien, or flooded.
  3. Check for special purpose designations, if the vehicle was used by a rental or lease company, or serviced as a taxi.
  4. Confirm ownership of the vehicle. Avoid paying for a used car that is reported as stolen.
  5. Have the car inspected by your mechanic.

Run a Virginia Free License Plate Lookup to uncover the full-story of your Virginia-registered vehicle.

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