Virginia Motor Vehicle Approved Equipment List


While the below listed equipment has undergone Virginia’s approval requirements, there is however other aftermarket vehicle equipment from reputable manufacturers not listed here that has already met Society of Automotive Engineers, the American National Standards Institute Incorporated, and/or Department of Transportation approval requirements making its use on motor vehicles legal in Virginia pursuant to VA Code § 46.2-1005.  Aftermarket vehicle lighting products that have already met the above standards and are labeled with the appropriate SAE and/or DOT compliancy markings do not have to undergo further approvals for permitted use in Virginia.

It shall be the consumer’s responsibility to check the manufacturer’s equipment specifications regarding its intended usage, approval certifications, and compatibility as an original equipment manufacturer replacement part or add-on prior to any use on a motor vehicle operated on the highways of Virginia.

Contact the VSP Safety Division, if you have questions about motor vehicle equipment approval or legal use in Virginia.


  1. Air Conditioning Systems
  2. Auxiliary Lamps
  3. Backup Lamps
  4. Brake System for Trucks and Trailers
  5. Brake Testing Equipment
  6. Clearance Lamps
  7. Cornering Lamps
  8. Driving Lamps
  9. Face Shields: For Motorcycles
  10. Flares
  11. Headlamp & Headlamp Equipment
  12. Headlamp Testing Equipment
  13. Helmets
  14. Identification Lamps
  15. License Plate Lamps
  16. Parking Lamps
  17. Passing Lamps
  18. Rear Lamps
  19. Reflex Reflectors
  20. Safety Glass
  21. Safety Glasses for Motorcycle Operators
  22. Safety Glazing Materials
  23. Seat Belts
  24. Signal Devices
  25. Sirens
  26. Spot Lamps
  27. Stop Lamps
  28. Warning Signal Lamps