Online license plate surrender now available at DMV

Published 3:13 pm Monday, September 9, 2019

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Sold, traded, or no longer operate your vehicle? Virginia law requires you to return your license plates and/or vehicle registration to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Now, DMV makes that process easier than ever before — allowing online license plate surrender.

Prior to July 1, customers were required to visit a DMV customer service center to surrender license plates. Since going live with surrender notifications on the web, more than 1,000 people have already taken advantage of the service.

The online surrender process is easy. All that’s needed is your current or prior Virginia driver’s license number, license plate number, and the last four digits of the vehicle identification number (VIN), which is printed on the vehicle’s registration card. Those who choose to surrender their license plates online are not eligible for a partial refund on the cost of registration fees for that vehicle. Online surrender is also not available for leased vehicles. Once a license plate has been surrendered, it cannot be used again or transferred to another vehicle.

For more information about online license plate surrender and to begin the process visit