Find Out How a Virginia DMV Power of Attorney Works
Dealing with power of attorney documents can be complicated, especially if you don’t know how the legal system works.
In this guide, DoNotPay will teach you everything you need to know about a Virginia DMV power of attorney without breaking a sweat.
The Virginia DMV power of attorney (POA) form is a legal document for transferring powers to make decisions about a vehicle from the principal to the agent. After signing, this POA supersedes all previous agreements and POAs. With this document in hand, the agent has the authority to make the following transactions:
- Buy or sell a vehicle
- Register a vehicle
- Transfer ownership of a vehicle
You can choose more than one person as a power of attorney, but they all must act in your best interests and have clearly defined roles.
Here is how you can change ownership with a DMV power of attorney document in Virginia:
- Record the change of ownership on the car title
- Fill out the DMV power of attorney form (VSA 70)
- Submit it to the DMV clerk, along with the car title
- Pay the title fee to change the name of the owner
- Return old license plates to the DMV
- Call the insurance company to cancel your plan
Virginia has specific legal requirements for creating powers of attorney. To ensure that a POA is valid, you must pay attention to the following:
- The principal and agent must be above 18 years of age
- The document must be signed by a notary public
- You can sign the document in front of two witnesses for added protection
There are four sections in a DMV power of attorney form, as mentioned in the table below:
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Depending on your requirements, there are different types of powers of attorney that are used in Virginia. Here is a list of the most popular ones:
- General power of attorney—With a general power of attorney, the agent has broad powers to make decisions about the principal’s financial, legal, and real estate matters
- Durable power of attorney—A durable power of attorney—or a DPOA—is effective immediately after signing the agreement. It gives the agent the authority to act on the principal’s behalf even if they are mentally or physically incapacitated. The agreement ends automatically if the principal passes away
- Limited power of attorney—With this type of power of attorney, the principal delegates limited powers to the agent. This POA can only be used for specific purposes and expires once the purpose is achieved
- Springing power of attorney—A springing or conditional power of attorney is triggered by a certain event or incident, such as the mental or physical incapacitation of the principal. It can also end at a specified time, depending on the principal’s wishes
- Medical power of attorney—This document allows the agent to make healthcare and medical decisions on the principal’s behalf in case they are unable to do so themselves. Among others, it includes decisions regarding surgery, treatment, organ donation, and choice of healthcare facilities
- Financial power of attorney—Based on a financial POA, the agent has power over the principal’s financial matters, such as taxes, bank accounts, and mortgage payments
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