Virginia Moving Regulations

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles regulates household movers.  The mover publishes their tariff with this government agency and can be filed either individually or as a group tariff.  This tariff outlines all of the services and charges for the movers, and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles holds all movers in the state of Virginia responsible for following by their published rates, policies, and procedures.

In the state of Virginia, if the move is less than 30 miles, the mover is not required to have a tariff and local moves are not regulated, but the moving company is required to have a property carrier permit from DMV.  If the move is 31 miles and over, it is priced by weight and mileage, and is regulated, and the moving company is required to have a certificate of public convenience and necessity from DMV.  The moving company is also required to have a DOT # on their vehicles.

One important thing to remember is that you make sure your local mover carries workers compensation insurance and the proper licensing on equipment and vehicles.

To find out more on tariffs or if the company is licensed, you can contact:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
PO BOX 27412
Richmond, VA  23269
Virginia Movers and Warehousemens Association
12081 Richmond Highway
P.O. Box 206, Concord, VA 24538
434/993-2499 or 888/650-VMWA,
Virginia Better Business Bureau
720 Moorefield Park Dr., Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23236
Richmond – 804.648.0016 / Fax – 804.320.0248
Fredericksburg – 540.373.9872
Charlottesville – 434.971.3707 (Reliability Report)

For any questions on interstate movers, and finding a licensed mover, you may contact the:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC  20590
Protect Your Move (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)
US Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC  20590
American Moving & Storage Association
1611 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA  22314

The following is a list of related moving contacts:

Attorney General of Virginia
900 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 786-2071
Virginia Chamber of Commerce
9 South Fifth Street
Richmond, VA  23219
Consumer Affairs
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

P.O. Box 1163
Richmond, VA 23218
Toll free: 1-800-552-9963 (VA)
City Offices
Office of Consumer Affairs
City Hall, 301 King Street, Room 1900
Alexandria, VA 22313
Fax: 703-838-6426
Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney
Consumer Affairs Division

Judicial Center, Building 10B
2425 Nimmo Pkwy.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Banking Authorities
Bureau of Financial Institutions
P.O. Box 640
Richmond, VA 23218
Insurance Regulators
Bureau of Insurance
State Corporation Commission

PO Box 1157
Richmond, VA 23218
Securities Administrators
Division of Securities and Retail Franchising
State Corporation Commission

PO Box 1197
Richmond, VA 23218
Toll free: 1-800-552-7945 (VA)
Utility Commissions
State Corporation Commission
Bureau of Public Utilities
PO Box 1197
Richmond, VA 23218