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    West Virginia Special Vehicles

    In West Virginia, regular passenger vehicles and motorcycles aren't the only vehicles you need to title and register. Don't forget your all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, and trailers!

    NOTE: When you title and register any of these, you'll follow the same process as you would if you were titling and registering any other vehicle. You can use the same forms available for these processes, or you can let your local West Virginia Department of Transportation (DOT) office handle it all for you when you're ready.

    WV All-Terrain Vehicles

    To title an ATV in West Virginia, you'll need:

    • 5% of the purchase price.
    • The manufacturer's statement of origin, or a notarized bill of sale.
    • $10 title fee ($5 extra if there's a lien on the ATV).

    Visit your local WV DOT office with the above documents and payment to apply for your ATV title.

    Remember, there are many rules you need to follow when operating an ATV in West Virginia. Some rules relate to:

    • Where you are authorized to operate the vehicle.
    • What age you must be and your level of experience.
    • The time of day you can drive your ATV.
    • Speed.

    For more information, read the West Virginia Code on ATVs.

    Once you're done with all the technical stuff, check out our Fun with ATVs page to get you started.

    Snowmobiles in West Virginia

    The West Virginia DOT lets you either title or register your snowmobile―or both.

    To title your snowmobile, you'll need to take to your local WV DMV regional office:

    • 5% of the purchase price.
    • The manufacturer's statement of origin, or a notarized bill of sale.
    • Payment for the $10 title fee ($5 extra if there's a lien on the snowmobile).

    If you choose to register your snowmobile in WV, follow the same process as you would if you were registering a regular passenger vehicle.

    Register Your WV Trailer

    You must title and register your utility trailer in West Virginia.

    When you're ready to title the trailer, take to your local WV DOT office:

    • 5% of the purchase price.
    • The manufacturer's statement of origin, or a notarized bill of sale.
    • Payment for the $10 title fee ($5 extra if there's a lien on the trailer).

    Registering a WV utility trailer is a bit different than registering a vehicle.

    If the trailer is 2,000 lbs. or heavier, registration is $50 and you'll get a license plate that is renewed every 3 years.

    Check out our article, How to Safely Pull a Trailer, on―you guessed it― safely pulling a trailer.

    Motorhomes and RVs in West Virginia

    If you have a motorhome or recreational vehicle (RV) in West Virginia, make sure you have it registered before you take it for a spin. Follow the instructions listed on our Register Car in West Virginia page.

    WV Scooter and Moped Registration

    Mopeds, scooters, motorized bicycles, and similar vehicles must be registered with the WV DOT following the same guidelines as motorcycle registration.

    Insurance and Inspection Requirements

    In West Virginia, in order to register your vehicles, you MUST have insurance coverage. For more information and to get some quotes, visit our Insurance Center.

    Depending on the type of vehicle you have, you may also be required to pass a safety inspection every 12 months. If you fail to have a valid inspection sticker on your vehicle, you may face fines and other penalties. For more information, contact the WV Department of Transportation.