ⓘ Vehicle registration plates of Virginia


ⓘ Vehicle registration plates of Virginia

The U.S. state of Virginia first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1906. Plates are currently issued by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.


1. Motor vehicle registration statistics

As of 2008, the DMV has 7.698.416 active registrations, 1.696.795 22% of which are special or personalized plates. In 2008, 1.624.146 pairs of license plates were sold, with 831.361 of them being personalized plates.


2. Passenger baseplates

1906 to 1972

In 1956, the United States, Canada, and Mexico came to an agreement with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the Automobile Manufacturers Association and the National Safety Council that standardized the size for license plates for vehicles except those for motorcycles at 6 inches 15 cm in height by 12 inches 30 cm in width, with standardized mounting holes. The first Virginia license plate that complied with these standards was issued eight years beforehand, in 1948.

No slogans were used on passenger plates during the period covered by this subsection.

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