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Trip Permit

Do you need to move an unregistered vehicle from one location to another? Then, a trip permit or a prospective purchaser's trip permit might be just what you need.

Standard Trip Permit

A standard trip permit allows the owner of any motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer to move the vehicle from one location to another without registering the vehicle. These permits are valid for three consecutive days. Motorized vehicles must be properly insured or the owner must pay 1/12 of the $500 uninsured motor vehicle fee. Non-motorized trailers are NOT required to be insured; however, they should be pulled by a properly insured vehicle. If the vehicle is designed to carry property, such as a van, property cannot be carried in the vehicle while it is operated using the permit.

Applying For a Standard Trip Permit

If you are the vehicle owner and want to move your unregistered vehicle, you are required to apply for a trip permit. You will need:

  • proof of ownership such as a valid assignable title, valid assigned title, registration card, bill of sale, or other documents showing ownership;
  • point of origin and point of destination;
  • dates of travel;
  • $5 permit fee;
  • insurance certification or payment of 1/12 of the uninsured motor vehicle fee for motorized vehicles ONLY.

Prospective Purchaser's Trip Permit

A prospective purchaser's trip permit is available for Virginia residents who intend to purchase a vehicle that will be titled/registered in Virginia. These permits are valid for three days, beginning on the date of the purchase (as indicated on the bill of sale). The original bill of sale must be attached to the permit to validate the permit, and the permit must be displayed in the vehicle window while the vehicle is operated under the permit. If the customer has not purchased the vehicle WITHIN 15 DAYS after printing the permit, he must purchase another permit.

Applying For a Prospective Purchaser's Trip Permit

If you are a prospective purchaser applying for a trip permit for a vehicle you intend to purchase within 15 days, you will need:

  • make and year of vehicle and any known vehicle description,
  • point of origin and point of destination,
  • $5 permit fee;
  • insurance certification or payment of 1/12 of the uninsured motor vehicle fee for motorized vehicles ONLY.

Where To Apply for a Trip Permit

You can apply for a trip permit at any customer service center or online via Online Transactions - Trip Permit.