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Vehicle Registration/Drivers Licenses

Newcomers to Virginia must register vehicles within 30 days and obtain a Virginia driver's license within 60 days of residency. The state has adopted strict requirements on proof of identity and residency for obtaining a driver's license and applicants should be prepared to meet them. All vehicles must undergo an annual safety inspection (no reminder notices are mailed annually).

For details, log on to the motor vehicles web site at or call 1-800-435-5137.


Virginia residents, part-time residents and non-residents with income from Virginia sources must file state income tax returns. Detailed information is available online at . Some basic forms are available at the Holcomb Building and the Wilderness Library during tax season. All forms are also available at the Orange County Treasruer's office on Main Street in Orange. Forms and instuctions can be ordered online or by calling 1-804-440-2541.

Voter Registration and Polling Precincts

Voter registration ends 30 days prior to an election. New residents establish eligibility to vote in Orange County by calling the Registrar, 672-5262, who will mail an application, or by obtaining an application at a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, or by downloading it from the State Board of Elections. Registration information and forms are at Upon approval of the application, the county Registrar issues a voting card. Notifying the Registrar that a registration form has been submitted at a DMV office will ensure that the card ismailed promptly. When casting ballots, voters must first provide identification, such as the voter card or Virginia driver's license, bearing their name and address in the precinct where they want to vote. The home page of the state board's web site offers extensive general information on voting.

Congressional / Legislative Districts

Orange County is part of Virginia's 7th Congressional District in voting for the U.S. House of Representatives and Virgina, like every state, has two U.S. Senators. At the state level, Orange county is within the 17th District of the Virginia State Senate, and LOW lies in the 30th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. Elections for governor, lieutenant Governor and Attorney General are held every four years in odd-numbered years (2005, 2009, etc.). Delegates are elected every two years and Senators every four years, also in odd-numbered years. Contact information can be found on the Virginia web site at

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