Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (Virginia DMV) is the governmental agency responsible for registering and titling automobiles and other motor vehicles as well as licensing drivers in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (Virginia DMV)
The 2008 style Virginia license plate
Agency overview
HeadquartersRichmond, Virginia
Employees1,819 full-time equivalent positions[1]
Annual budget$210,072,457[2]
Agency executive
  • Richard D. Holcomb, Commissioner
Parent agencyVirginia Secretary of Transportation

Motor vehicle registration

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (Virginia DMV) serves a customer base of approximately 5.9 million licensed drivers and ID card holders with over 7.5 million registered vehicles in Virginia. Virginia DMV has more daily face-to-face contact with Virginia's citizens than any other state agency. The agency also serves a wide array of businesses including dealers, fuels tax customers, rental companies, driving schools, other state agencies, local governments and non-profit organizations.

Through the headquarters in Richmond, Virginia DMV operates customer service centers, call centers, weigh stations, DMV Selects and mobile offices known as DMV 2 Go. Virginia DMV also provides service by Internet, automated telephone and mail.[3] Customers can also reach Virginia DMV through social media on its Facebook page.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles runs, an online portal where residents can perform many standard transactions without visiting one of 75 customer service centers throughout the state.

Driver licensing

As of 2014, Virginia DMV has:[4]

Licensed Drivers5.7 million
Registered Vehicles7.8 million
Registered Motorcycles201,650
Customer Service Centers (CSCs)75
DMV Select Agents55
Fixed Weigh Stations13
Mobile Weigh Stations12
Satellite Weigh Stations1
Number of Trucks Weighed17.9 million
Citations Issued39,463
Dealer Licenses4,434
Salesperson Licenses22,979
Driver Training Schools298
Driver Improvement Clinics342
Total License Plate Sets Sold1.5 million
Seat Belt Usage Rate79.7%
Safety Belt Violations61,437
Number of Fatalities741

See also


  1. VADMV Strategic Plan, accessed 2012
  2. VADMV Strategic Plan, accessed 2012
  3. VADMV Agency Overview, accessed 2012
  4. VADMV Strategic Plan, accessed 2012

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