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Old 03-01-2016, 11:12 AM   #1
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VA registration options

So I was scanning through the threads last night and it appears there are 3 ways to register a bus in VA:
1. Get a CDL and register it as a commercial vehicle.
2. Register it as a "Private Bus" and no need for any CDL.
3. Go through the long conversion process, then fill out multiple forms, have it inspected by the DMV Officer, and register it as a modified vehicle.

I think #2 is the easiest, cheapest and quickest since you can get the plates right away so you can drive it from day 1. Anyone have any feedback, positive or otherwise?
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Old 03-22-2016, 01:11 AM   #2
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Hi kind Skoolie folk,

I've been trying to locate information on the VA DMV page about option #2 and for the life of me can't seem to locate anything specifically relevant to this topic. At the moment I want to know what is required to register as a "private bus" and how much it costs. Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-22-2016, 06:52 AM   #3
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it cost about 50 bucks + sales tax+ 10 bucks for title transfer for me to register as a private bus. i got my insurance thru progressive, it was 700 the first year and droped to about 350 the second year.i put private recreational vehicle not for hire on the drivers side to get the cheap toll rate.
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Old 03-22-2016, 01:33 PM   #4
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Thank you so much superdave! xD
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Old 04-05-2016, 03:13 PM   #5
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Is there any good path to go from Private Bus to Motorhome, or is it not beneficial?
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Old 04-06-2016, 07:01 AM   #6
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you have to send pics in and pay a fee to have it inspected, they want all the receipts to figure its value so they can tax the hell of you
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Old 04-06-2016, 07:14 AM   #7
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Will it be insurable as a private bus?
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Old 04-06-2016, 07:35 AM   #8
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Is there any good path to go from Private Bus to Motorhome, or is it not beneficial?
In Va: I don't see any benefit for trying to change the registration from private truck to rv, since you don't need a CDL to drive either one (licensed in Va). Only benefits are if you need it titled as a motorhome for increased insurance coverage, or if titling it as a motorhome will improve the chances of selling it in the future since some states require a CDL even if it's registered as a private truck.
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Old 04-06-2016, 07:46 AM   #9
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I just want to be legal. Can I tag the completed Skoolie as a private bus, and be insured as a private bus?

Does private bus insurance cost about the same as RV insurance?
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Old 04-06-2016, 08:11 AM   #10
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I just want to be legal. Can I tag the completed Skoolie as a private bus, and be insured as a private bus?

Does private bus insurance cost about the same as RV insurance?
Sorry, can't answer that one, I'm still in the research stage. Why not register the bus as a private truck as soon as you buy it? This way you can drive it and use it while the build is going on. As I mentioned previously, I see no benefit in going through the title change process after the build is complete unless you feel it's needed for the reasons I mentioned. From all the research I've done on the Virginia DMV website, it won't be retitled as an "rv" but will be called a "Specially Constructed Vehicle". Va doesn't seem to be as lenient /open to vehicle title changes as other states such as Florida.
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