How Do I Register a Tow Truck in Virginia?

If you are a tow truck operator in Virginia, it is important to know the process of registering your vehicle. Failing to do so can lead to hefty fines and other penalties.

You must register your truck with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) before you can legally operate it as a business. This article will provide an overview of how to register a tow truck in Virginia.

The First Step: Getting a Title and Registration

The first step in the process of registering your tow truck is obtaining a title and registration from the DMV. You will need to complete an application for title and registration and submit proof of ownership, which may be a dealer’s certificate, bill of sale, or gift letter. You will also need to provide proof of insurance, as well as pay all applicable fees.

The Second Step: Completing Vehicle Inspections

After obtaining your title and registration from the DMV, you must complete safety inspections for both your tow truck and any trailer that you plan to use with it. Before completing the safety inspections, you must have your tow truck inspected by the DMV or have an approved inspection station inspect it.

The inspection stations will issue a certificate if they approve your vehicle.

The Third Step: Obtaining Permits and Licensing

Once you have completed all of the necessary inspections for your vehicle, you must obtain permits from the DMV for any trailers that you plan to use with your tow truck. You may also be required to obtain special licensing depending on what type of services you plan on providing with your vehicle.


Registering a tow truck in Virginia is not an overly complicated process but it does require some paperwork and fees that must be paid before being able to legally operate your vehicle as a business. Make sure that you get all required documents in order and understand any additional licensing requirements before beginning the registration process.

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Stephen Dunn