What Does The West Virginia DMV Do?

The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handles all services for drivers in the District, including driver licensing and ID card applications and renewals; vehicle titles, registrations, and renewals; boat registration; and driving records. The Division of Natural Resources is responsible for boater safety and licensing.

When you move to West Virginia, you must exchange your driver’s license and apply for a vehicle registration within 30 days of establishing residency in the state. Within 10 days of titling and registering your vehicle, you must take it for a safety inspection.

The DMV also has specific information geared toward its military residents and non-residents, in order to accommodate the unique circumstances that military service brings. Non-residents stationed in West Virginia are not required to get a WV license or registration while serving in the state.

Online and Third-Party Services

The West Virginia DMV offers several online services, including:

  • Appointments
  • Knowledge exams
  • Driver license/ID card renewal
  • Driver license/ID card replacement
  • Reinstatement fee payments
  • Registration renewal
  • Duplicate registration issuance
  • Personalized plate requests
  • Property tax payments
  • Address changes
  • Driving records
  • Organ donor registration

You can access many licensing and registration forms online. You can also access the West Virginia Driver Manual, in addition to the Motorcycle and Commercial driver handbooks. Looking to study for your license exam? The DMV offers an online practice test to give you the extra prep you need.

The WV DMV partners with third-party servicers for title and registration tasks, safety inspections, defensive driving courses, motorcycle training and testing, and CDL training and testing in the state.

Contact Information

Division of Motor Vehicles

5707 MacCorkle Avenue, SE

Charleston, WV 25317

Phone: (304) 558-3900

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