Congratulations on passing your driving test and receiving your official driver’s license! Before you can hit the roads, you must ensure that your vehicle is legally registered. The registration process might seem difficult if you’re a first-time driver, which is why we’ve compiled a comprehensive vehicle registration checklist! Discover how new D.C. drivers can complete their vehicle registration in 2020.
Schedule an Inspection
Your vehicle will need to be inspected by a licensed professional before it can be registered for the public roads. Depending on the state, you may have to have your vehicle tested for emissions levels too. Whether you’re located in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C., research the inspection rules associated with your particular department.
Obtain a Title in Your Name
When you purchase your vehicle, whether new or used, you will receive the vehicle’s title. The title of a car is a legal document that provides proof of ownership of the vehicle. Once you receive this document, you can sign it and take it to your local DMV to continue the registration process.
Do Your Research
Depending on your place of residence, you may have a grace period between the time you purchase your vehicle and the required registration date. Before you buy your car, research your local grace period to ensure that you’re complying with all local codes. Most of this information is available to new drivers online.
Be an Early Bird
When you make an appointment at the DMV or MVA, arrive 15 minutes early. If you go to the DMV without an appointment, consider arriving when the doors first open in the morning. Your registration will go smoothly if you fill out all of the necessary paperwork ahead of time. Don’t wait until you arrive at the DMV to fill out your paperwork. Complete all of the forms the night before and place them in a neat envelope so they are easy to assemble.
Remember to Renew
Once your vehicle is registered, you will need to renew it every year (depending on your place of residence). While many states allow you to pay your renewal online, other drivers prefer to pay their fees in person. If you fail to renew your registration, you could have to pay a fine, or worse, fall victim to stolen plates.
Questions? The United States Vehicle Registration Services is Here to Help You!
If you still have questions regarding vehicle title work, get in touch with us and fill out our online form. We understand that vehicle inspections can be a tricky business, and we are helping to guide you through the process. Make sure that you leave your name, phone number, email address, and a summary of how we can best help you and your needs. Feel free to give us a call at 202-342-2558 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can help you to navigate the DMV in DC or Virginia or even the MVA in Maryland. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, make sure that you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.