Question

Do I have a legal three-day window to drive to NY in my new car without plates?

I'm buying a car in Virginia and want to drive it home to NYC. The Virginia DMV, which may otherwise issue me temporary plates, are closed and not answering phones. Can I drive it home without plates?

Nov 2, 2020 Fredericksburg, VA

Answer
Kristine Lee

Nov 2, 2020

There is no legal window where you can drive without the plates. If you are buying through a dealership they should be able to assist you on behalf of the state of Virginia in obtaining a temporary plate. You would likely just need to show insurance at the point of sale to get that done. If you are buying from a private seller, you would need to still get a hold of the state DMV to obtain the documents needed.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.


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