Vermont Street Legal Laws

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Virginia Lift Laws and Vehicle Equipment Laws

Virginia does not have a suspension lift limit or a frame height restriction, however, bumper height is regulated depending on the vehicle's GVWR. As long as legal bumper height is maintained, vehicles are allowed to be equipped with suspension lift kits, aftermarket wheels and tires, performance shocks, aftermarket bumpers, and grille guards.

Governing Laws


The Virginia street legal laws are covered in the Code of Virginia (CV).

CV Title 46.2

Vehicle Dimensions


Vehicle size in Virginia is restricted to a maximum width of 102 inches, a maximum height of 13 feet 6 inches, and a maximum single vehicle length of 40 feet.

CV 46.2-1105
CV 46.2-1110
CV 46.2-1112

Tire Restrictions


All tires on vehicles driven in Virginia must be without any bulges or exposed cords. There is a minimum tire tread depth requirement of 1/16 inch. Only tires that are specifically manufactured for grooving can be re-grooved.

CV 46.2-1042
CV 46.2-1043

Wheel Restrictions


Virginia's code does not have any regulations on wheels.

Braking Requirements


Virginia requires that cars and trucks have brakes capable of stopping the vehicle from a speed of 20 mph within 25 feet. A secondary, mechanical, parking brake is also required.

CV 46.2-1067

Steering Laws


Steering systems are not covered in Virginia's code.

Suspension Laws


Virginia's laws prohibit the use of front lift blocks.

CV 46.2-1064

Frame Requirements


Virginia does not have a frame height limit, however, the floor of a vehicle's body cannot be more than 3 inches above the frame.

CV 46.2-1063

Bumper Restrictions


Any vehicle registered in Virginia as a passenger vehicle has a maximum allowed bumper height depending on the vehicle's GVWR.

Vehicle GVWR

Max. Bumper Height

Under 4,501

Front: 28 inches | Rear: 28 inches

4,501 to 7,500

Front: 29 inches | Rear: 30 inches

7,501 to 15,000

Front: 30 inches | Rear: 31 inches

( Measured to the bottom of the bumper. )

CV 46.2-1063

Fender Requirements


Virginia only requires fenders and mud flaps on commercial vehicles.

CV 46.2-1083

Lighting Requirements


In addition to headlights and tail lights, vehicles in Virginia are allowed to have extra lights installed. The maximum number of lights that can be turned on at the front of a vehicle while driving is 4.



Min. Height

Max. Height


2 min.



Tail lights

2 min.



Spot lights

2 max.



Fog lights

2 max.



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CV 46.2-1013
CV 46.2-1019
CV 46.2-1020
CV 46.2-1020

Window Laws


The laws in Virginia require vehicles to have windshields as well as windshield wipers.

CV 46.2-1055
CV 46.2-1057

Exhaust Requirements


In Virginia, vehicles are required to be equipped with mufflers and they cannot have any kind of exhaust cutout or bypass.

CV 46.2-1049
CV 46.2-1047

Engine Swap Rules


Virginia has a maximum hood scoop size of 1.125 inches tall, 38 inches wide, and 50.5 inches long.

CV 46.2-1088

Emissions Testing


10 counties and cities in Virginia currently require emissions testing.

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