I received a parking ticket for expired license plates, and I am wondering if the virginia department of motor vehicles is required to notify me that my license plates need to be renewed. I get notifications to renewed my driver's license and fo car property taxes, but I did not ge anyt notifications to renewed my license plates.
The DMV mails out a registration for tag renewal about 2 or 3 months before the renewal date. The DMV website says that the policy is to send out the renewal notice to the address on the registration. On the other hand, it is the owner's obligation to ensure that the tags are renewed and do not lapse. I'd check with the DMV and see if there is an address issue. If the address of record is correct, then perhaps the notice was misdelivered.
As for the ticket, the only suggestion I have would be that you go to court and explain the situation to the judge. Based on my experience, you do not have a good chance at beating the ticket though and it will require a morning in court.
Practicing in Northern Virginia and DC
No. The DMV is not required to provide you notice of renewal before renewal is required. You can renew the registration and try to explain the situation to the court. The most you lose is a day sitting in court.
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