RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Department of Motor Vehicles has announced that due to a Virginia bill passing earlier this year, an increase in vehicle insurance coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2022.

The liability insurance coverage requirements will increase twice over the next three years in Virginia.

(Photo released by Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles)

The DMV said that to purchase license plates and title and register a vehicle in Virginia after Jan. 1, 2022, people will need to certify the vehicle is covered by the minimum insurance requirements or pay the Uninsured Motor Vehicle Fee.

Vehicle owners caught driving without insurance or who have not paid the Uninsured Motor
Vehicle Fee will have their driving and vehicle registration privileges suspended, and will have to pay a $600 noncompliance fee to get the privileges restored.