Va. DMV to Halt Manual Title/Registration Processing at Service Centers in 2020

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles announced last month that, as of Jan. 1, 2020, they will temporarily cease manual processing of title and registration requests at DMV service centers. According to the letter from deputy commissioner Karen Grim announcing the move, the state anticipates that their service centers will be handling a lot more volume because, beginning on Oct. 1, 2020, only REALID-compliant licenses will be accepted by the TSA and at federal buildings.

The state only rolled out compliant licenses in October 2018, meaning there are likely millions of Virginia licensees who need to get new ID cards, a process that requires an in-person visit to the DMV.

As a result, all manual title and registration requests will be processed at three auto auctions. Manual requests can be mailed or delivered in person at the following three locations:

Manheim Fredericksburg

120 Auction Drive

Fredericksburg, VA 22406

America’s Auto Auction

656 South Military Hwy

Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Manheim Harrisonburg

3560 Early Road

Harrisonburg, VA 22801

The state encourages dealers to state’s Online Dealer Program in order to both process requests far faster, and to avoid the manual processing fees. A full list of online-eligible transactions, and information on how a dealer can join the program, can be viewed both at the DMV’s website and in the letter linked above.

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