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Commonwealth of Virginia

General Contact Information

Commonwealth of VA:
Information: 1-800-422-2319
All State Senators 804-698-7651
All State Delegates 804-786-6310

Elected Officials: Statewide

Governor: Ralph Northam (D)
Commonwealth of Virginia
PO Box 1435, Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 786-2211; FAX (804) 371-6351
Website:; to email, select Email the governor, (link at bottom of page)
Four-year term expires January 2022
Lieutenant Governor: Justin Fairfax (D)
102 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 786-2078; FAX (804) 786-7514
to email, select Contact at the website (link at top of page)
Four-year term expires January 2022
Attorney General: Mark Herring (D)
900 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 786-2071
Website:; to email, complete an online form
Four-year term expires January 2022

General Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly convenes the second Wednesday in January.
Annual sessions: In even-numbered years, 60 days; in odd-numbered years, 30 days, with an option to extend either for not more than 30 days.
Bicameral legislature: Senate, 40 members; House of Delegates, 100 members.

Area Senators and Delegates

See countywide maps of Virginia house districts and senatorial districts.

19th Senatorial District(Includes Montgomery County precincts A-3, B- 3,4, C-1-4, D-1-5 )

David R. Suetterlein
PO Box 20237, Roanoke, VA 24018 540-302-8486; PO Box 396, Richmond, VA 23218; (804) 698-7519; email: Four-year term expires January 2020.

21st Senatorial District (Includes Montgomery County precincts A-1-3, B-1-4, C-3-4, D-5, E-1-3, F-1-2, G-1-2)

John S. Edwards
P.O. Box 1179, Roanoke, VA 24006-1179 (540)-985-8690; P.O. Box 396, Richmond, VA 23218; (804) 698-7521; email: Four-year term expires January 2020.

38th Senatorial District (Includes Montgomery County precincts D-3 (part)

A. Benton Chafin, Jr.
P.O. Box 1210, Lebanon Valley, VA 24266, (276) 889- 1044; P.O. Box 396, Richmond, VA 23218; (804) 698-7538; email: district Term expires January 2018.

7th House of Delegates District (Includes Montgomery County precincts B-1,3,4; C-2; D-1-5; E-1-3, F-2)

Nick Rush
P.O. Box 1591, Christiansburg, VA 24068, (540) 382-7731
P.O. Box 406, Richmond, VA 23218, (804) 698-1007

8th House of Delegates District (Includes Montgomery County precincts A-1, B-2, C-1, 3, 4, G-1)

Greg Habeeb
P.O. Box 882, Salem, VA 24153, (540) 915-2962
P.O. Box 406, Richmond, VA 23218, (804) 698-1008; email:

12th House of Delegates District (Includes Montgomery County precincts A-1-3; B-1-3;, C-1,4; D-3 (part), E-1,2; F-1,2; G-1,2

Chris Hurst
PO Box 11389, (540) 739-2553
P.O. Box 406, Richmond, VA 23218, (804) 698-1012

All delegates' terms expire January 2020.

State Taxes

State Income Tax
State income tax is imposed on residents and nonresidents with Virginia income and is figured much like the federal income tax with similar exemptions. Employers withhold state tax as they do federal tax.
State income tax rates
over but not over tax is of excess over
$0 $2,000 2%
$3,000 $5,000 $60+3% $3,000
$5,000 $17,000 $120+5% $5,000
$17,000 $720+5.75% $17,000
Balance due checks are made payable to the Treasurer. Income not subject to state withholding tax is subject to quarterly estimated tax.
The tax filing deadline is May 1. Returns are filed with the Commissioner of the Revenue, 755 Roanoke St., Suite 1A, Christiansburg 24073.
Forms are mailed from the Virginia Department of Taxation in Richmond. Forms are also available at the Commissioner of the Revenue Office, 755 Roanoke St., Suite 1A, Christiansburg, or online..

Sales Tax
A general sales tax of 5.3% is collected by the state on all retail purchases with 1% returned to the localities based on the number of school-age children. Virginia levies a 4% Motor Vehicle Sales and Use Tax based on the vehicle's gross sales price or $35, whichever is greater.

Gasoline Tax
Fuels tax is imposed as the fuels leave the terminal rack. The terminal rack is the point at which fuels physically leave a terminal and are delivered into a tank truck, rail car, or other means of transfer. As of January 1, 2015, the automobile fuel tax rate in Virginia is 16.2 cents per gallon. Diesel is 20.2 cents.

See a summary of state taxes

Automobile Licenses and Insurance

Driver's Licenses
New Virginia residents may apply for a driver's license at the Christiansburg DMV Customer Service Center, 385 Arbor Drive, Monday+Friday, 9 am+5 pm, and Saturday 8 am+noon. A knowledge exam and road skills test are required. You will be required to show documents proving identity, legal presence, Virginia residency, and social security number. Normally, your Virginia driver's license is valid for eight years and expires on your birthday. The licensing fee is $4 per year.

Title and Registration, License Plates
Before you can drive your car or truck, you're required to title and register it at a DMV Customer Service Center or a DMV Select office. The closest offices are the Christiansburg Customer Service Center at 385 Arbor Drive, or the Radford DMV Select, 619 2nd Street, Room 164, Radford. Your vehicle must be titled in Virginia prior to registration. The one-year registration fee is $40.75 for passenger vehicles 4,000 pounds or less, $45.75 for vehicles weighing 4,001 pounds or more. When you register your vehicle, DMV will issue you two license plates, decals showing the expiration date, and a registration card.

To purchase license plates or decals, you must certify that the vehicle is covered by the minimum insurance requirements. Your insurance carrier must be authorized to conduct business in Virginia.

Requirements for Students
If you are enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited school in Virginia and not employed, you may drive in Virginia with a valid out-of-state (or another country) driver's license and valid out-of-state license plates. If you are a full-time student and employed, you are considered a resident of Virginia for the purposes of motor vehicle laws only, and you must apply for a Virginia driver's license and register your vehicle in Virginia. You must register the vehicle in Virginia even if someone else owns it.

Where To Go:
You must apply in person for an original driver's license or register a vehicle for the first time, but you are encouraged to renew your license or conduct other transactions at, through 1-888-337-4782, at a DMV Select office, or through the mail. DMV Customer Service Centers charge a $5 fee for in-person renewals.


All judges in Virginia are appointed by the General Assembly. Montgomery County is in the 27th Judicial Circuit. Circuit Court is held in the Montgomery County Courthouse, Christiansburg. In addition, Montgomery County has a District Court and a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. These courts are held in Christiansburg.
Circuit Court
General District Court
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

Circuit Court Judge: Robert M. D. Turk
General District Court Judges: Randal Duncan; Gino W. Williams
Juvenile/Domestic Relations Judge: Robert Viar
Chief Magistrate: Jill M. Long
Magistrates: M. Terry Williams, Karen S. Garnand, Crystal Cultice, Dale Cash, Robert Keller, Tiffany Overfelt