How long can you drive with expired tags in Virginia?

My registration tags are set to expire soon and I don’t really have time to renew them. How long do I have until it's illegal to drive with expired tags in Virginia?

Sean Boehme · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
It’s technically illegal to drive with expired tags in
for any amount of time—however, when it comes to getting pulled over for expired
vehicle registration
, Virginia has a four-month grace period.
  • Within four months of your tags’ expiration date: Police cannot pull you over for expired tags alone—however, you’ll face more severe consequences if you’re pulled over for a different traffic offense and also found to be driving with expired registration. 
  • After four months from your tags’ expiration date: Virginia law enforcement can pull you over or ticket your parked car just for expired registration. The penalties range from small fines to your vehicle being towed to a Virginia impound lot. 
At the very least, you’ll have to pay an additional $10 fine when you go to renew your Virginia registration tags. The state of Virginia offers three ways to renew:
  • Online
  • By mail
  • In person at a DMV
When in doubt: Contact the Virginia DMV to figure out the best option you have to renew your registration as soon as possible.
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