Buying a Car
If you decide to buy a car, take the time to research your options; it will be one of the largest purchases you make while a student. Here are a few tips to help you in the process:
Conversion Table for Gasoline Consumption
Registering a Car
After you purchase a vehicle and before taking it on the road, you need to complete the following steps in order to register your car. You do not need a Virginia driver's license to title or register your car, however, you must obtain one within 60 days of registering a car in Virginia.
You also do not need a Social Security Number to title or register a car. The forms ask for one, so if you do not have a Social Security Number, write “NONE” in that space.
Step 1: Purchase auto insurance
Step 2: Ensure the vehicle is properly titled
If you are buying a new vehicle from a dealer, the dealer may process the proper title work and submit
If you are buying a vehicle from an individual or the dealer is not handling the title work, ensure that Section A of the title has been completed, including the signature of the owner.
Visit your local DMV to obtain a title for the vehicle.
Step 3: Register the vehicle with the DMV
You will also receive a registration card. Keep the registration card in the vehicle.
Step 4: Place the license plates on the vehicle
Step 5: Get your car inspected
Step 6: Register your vehicle with the city
Step 7: Obtain a Virginia Driver's License
Department of Motor Vehicles Customer Service Center - Williamsburg
Department of Motor Vehicles Customer Service Center - Gloucester
Directions to the Williamsburg DMV by Bus