Virginia Electronic Liens & Titles (ELT)

Frequently Asked Questions about ELT in Virginia:

How do I sign up for the ELT program?

Signing up with Virginia is a multi-step process. The Virginia DMV will work directly with you as a lender. Please find instructions on

Does the DMV provide instructional documents about ELT?

The Virginia DMV has published full specifications for their ELT program online. They also have a helpful FAQ page.

Does the ELT program apply to all vehicles titled by the DMV (boats, mobile homes)? What class of vehicles are not titled by the DMV?

ELT works with all vehicles titled by the VA DMV. Boats are titled and registered by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Boat trailers are titled and registered by the DMV.

How long does it take to receive a title released electronically?

The DMV runs a daily process. If a lender releases a title on Monday, the DMV will process the message Monday night (releasing the lien) and print and mail it (USPS) on Tuesday.

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