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West Virginia Vehicle Registration

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Registering a car in West Virginia is a necessary step for all vehicle owners in the state. This guide will provide you with all the information you need, including requirements, fees, types of registrations, forms, processing time, and renewal process.


To register a car in West Virginia, you must:

  • Be a resident of West Virginia.
  • Have a valid West Virginia driver’s license.
  • Have proof of insurance for the vehicle.
  • Have the vehicle’s title in your name or have a lien holder’s information (if applicable).


The fees for registering a car in West Virginia vary depending on the type of vehicle, its weight, and the duration of the registration. Here are the general fees:

  • Passenger cars: $51.50 for 1 year, $103 for 2 years.
  • Trucks (based on weight): $56.50 – $326.50 for 1 year, $113 – $653 for 2 years.
  • Motorcycles: $25.50 for 1 year, $51 for 2 years.

Additional fees may apply, such as title fees, lien recording fees, and sales tax. Visit the West Virginia DMV Fee Calculator for a complete list of fees.

Types of Registrations

There are several types of vehicle registrations in West Virginia:

  • Standard registration: For most passenger cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
  • Antique registration: For vehicles that are at least 25 years old and used for exhibitions, parades, or other special events.
  • Temporary registration: For vehicles that will only be used in West Virginia for a short period, such as out-of-state vehicles.
  • Commercial registration: For vehicles used for business purposes.


To register a car in West Virginia, you will need to complete the following forms:

  • Application for Certificate of Title (DMV-1-TR): This form is used to apply for a title and registration.
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement (DMV-TM-1): This form is required if the vehicle is less than 10 years old.
  • Bill of Sale (DMV-7-TR): This form is required if the vehicle was purchased from a private seller.

Additionally, you will need to provide proof of insurance and, if applicable, a lien holder’s information.

Processing Time

Processing times for vehicle registrations in West Virginia can vary depending on the local DMV office. In general, you should expect to wait at least a few days for your registration to be processed. However, it is recommended to contact your local DMV office for more accurate processing times.

Where to Process Your Vehicle Registration

To process your vehicle registration, visit your local West Virginia DMV office. You can find a list of DMV locations on the West Virginia DMV website.

Renewing a Registration

To renew your vehicle registration in West Virginia, you can do so online, by mail, or in person at a DMV office. The renewal notice you receive in the mail will provide instructions on how to renew your registration.

  • Online: Visit the West Virginia DMV Online Services and follow the instructions to renew your registration.
  • By mail: Send the completed renewal notice, proof of insurance, and payment to the address listed on the notice.
  • In person: Visit your local DMV office with the renewal notice, proof of insurance, and payment.

Remember to renew your registration before the expiration date to avoid late fees and penalties.

That’s it! You now have all the information you need to register your car in West Virginia.

Last Verified:
Jul 5, 2023