Virginians To Pay Less In DMV Fees

June 05, 2020 - 11:36 am
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RICHMOND – Earlier this year, a comprehensive transportation package to create sustainable funding for transit, rail, and roads, invest in systemic safety improvements, and support a multimodal system in Virginia was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam

As part of the funding changes, which include increasing the statewide gas tax by five cents this year and next, and the implementation of a highway use fee, the bill also reduces vehicle registration fees by $10, which reflects a 25% reduction for most Virginians. The legislation, carried by House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn and Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, takes effect July 1, 2020.

"During this legislative session, the General Assembly delivered on our promise to improve the lives of Virginians in every corner of the Commonwealth,” said Speaker of the House of Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn. “I am proud that, by passing this important legislation, we have made our roads safer and created a sustainable transportation funding structure, all while lowering vehicle registration fees so Virginians can keep more of their hard-earned money. These measures are more critical now than ever as we move into the Commonwealth’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and build our shared future together."

Customers whose vehicle registrations expire in July will see the fee reduction reflected in their renewal notices, which the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) began issuing in late May.

The annual base registration fees are reduced as follows:

Vehicle Registration:                                     Old Fee                     New Fee

Passenger Vehicles 4,000 lbs. or less              $40.75                         $30.75

Passenger vehicles 4,001 lbs. or greater         $45.75                         $35.75

Motorcycles                                                    $28.75                         $24.75

Mopeds                                                           $20.25                         $18.25

Autocycles                                                      $25.75                         $21.75

Pickup and panel trucks 4,000 lbs. or less      $40.75                         $30.75

Pickup and panel trucks 4,001 to 6,500 lbs.   $45.75                         $35.75

Pickup and panel trucks 6,501 to 10,000       $51.75                         $44.75


The legislation repeals the $64 annual fee on all-electric and alternative fuel vehicles, and introduces a highway use fee that is tiered based upon a vehicle’s fuel efficiency. The average fee is expected to be $19 in year one for most vehicles, a number representing 85% of the difference between the amount of fuel tax on a vehicle that gets the average 23.7 mpg and the amount of fuel tax on a more fuel-efficient vehicle – a 15% discount based on the vehicle’s fuel economy.

For example, if the driver of an average car pays $100 in gas tax, and the driver of a fuel-efficient car pays $80 in gas tax, then the fee would be as follows: $100 -$80 = $20 x 85% = $17. A fuel-efficient vehicle would save approximately $215 in gas costs with gas at $2.20/gallon.

The new law takes effect July 1, with changes reflected in vehicle registration renewal notices that the DMV is sending to customers whose registrations expire beginning this July.

DMV is re-opening offices across Virginia in phases as it is able to put appropriate precautions in place following Governor Northam’s Executive Directive Seven. Those offices are open by appointment only to handle specific services. For a complete list of services currently available in person, by appointment only, visit If a transaction can be conducted online or by mail, customers should use that method