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post #1 of 21 Old 04-23-2012, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Please help with crazy laws

Im active duty military, and have truck in sig. I just was informed, then looked online about the VA laws. to include the fact, even with out of state plates, as I am allowed to keep on active duty, I will still be subject to a "safety inspection" that will be required to drive in VA. Is that true? do they enforce bumper heights and tint? Any laws about how much the tires stick out? And emissions test are not required as part of this safety inspection right? So keeping out of state plates, i should not have to pass emissions tests? Please advices, thanks for the help.

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I believe if your vehicle is registered and tagged for another state, you shouldn't have to worry about it. There are a handful of cities in Va that emissions test, but they're primarily Midwest.

I'll check a few cars when I go out to the parking lot today and try to ask a few sailors what the deal is. I work at a shipyard so they're are plenty of military guys.

I haven't been messed with about my truck yet. The tires stick out a few inches and I'm at 6" with 37's. They are strict on tint laws, depending on the cop, but it's just the front windows. However there are a ton of trucks rolling around the tidewater area similar to yours. Usually to get popped for something minor, you'd have to attract more serious attention first.

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I believe if your vehicle is registered and tagged for another state, you shouldn't have to worry about it. There are a handful of cities in Va that emissions test, but they're primarily Midwest.

I'll check a few cars when I go out to the parking lot today and try to ask a few sailors what the deal is. I work at a shipyard so they're are plenty of military guys.

I haven't been messed with about my truck yet. The tires stick out a few inches and I'm at 6" with 37's. They are strict on tint laws, depending on the cop, but it's just the front windows. However there are a ton of trucks rolling around the tidewater area similar to yours. Usually to get popped for something minor, you'd have to attract more serious attention first.

Where are you being stationed?
thanks for the reply. Im working in WA DC, so just 20 miles west in VA is where ill be living.

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It falls under who is on the title. IF you are on it alone then you are fine. VA tries to force you into the Communistwealth if your spouse is on the title.

There was some recent changes that will allow your spouse to retain their current state residency. So your whole family should be able to retain their current state DL/ID without penalty.

Safety inspections are only required for VA plated/registered vehicles. Bumper height, tires sticking out and tint "could" be an issue but with out of state plates, military ID, orders you should be fine.

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A safety inspection is the same thing we have in NC and all they do is check the head lights, turn signals, and inspect your tires and what not.



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It's a full blown inspection here....TRUST me you will get hammered by the stupids here for that truck.

Here's some info: http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/pdf/dmv206.pdf

Scroll down to Chapter 70: http://lis.virginia.gov/000/reg/TOC19030.HTM.HTM#C0070

I HIGHLY suggest you save the above link. This is the actual inspection procedures to be used. ANY state vehicle inspection station is to follow this procedure. IF you have any issue with an inspection station just call a State Trooper to come by and investigate the issue you are arguing.


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From the VA inspection for the tires:

"NOTE: Refer to subdivision 1 of 19VAC30-70-180 (Clearance lamps and reflectors) for tires that exceed more than four inches from the body."

19VAC30-70-180. Clearance lamps and reflectors.
Inspect for and reject if:
1. Any motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer or other vehicle is not equipped with clearance lamps if the vehicle is over seven feet wide or if any portion extends four inches or more outside the front fender line.


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thanks for the words Heavy, I will be in VA the first week in July, So I am hoping with Alaska Plates I can avoid the inspection. If not I will probably not drive the truck much. Its a two year tour at the pentagon, and I don't think I will be able to get out much. If they hassle me about the truck, I will resort to not driving it much for couple years I guess, not going to start changing the truck

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I wouldn't think about changing the truck, but its not the inspection stations that will hammer you for bumper heights, and tint. The SP sure will though, I have a 10" lift on 40s and get pulled at least once a month, granted my bumper heights are barely at the legal limit. Some cities in VA are very lenient on inspections, especially where I currently reside.

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Hey I'm at ft belvoir and It states that anyone residing in va active duty or not must have va plates.... However I said fu** that chit I still have my Ohio plates and no one has bothered me yet I think you will be ok. Just dont roll coal on cops or do stupid stuff they seem to Chase after the BMW and other cars that drive like idiots and attract a ton of attention


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