***FYI: LICENSE PLATE DROP-OFF will be temporarily unavailable during non-business hours. You do not need an appointment to drop-off license plates during open business hours. Please come inside and drop them in the BLUE bucket just inside the glass door (facing the parking lot).

NO walk-in customers will be allowed.

Appointments (15 minutes) are available for scheduling during business hours Monday – Friday from 8:30am – Noon and 1:00-4:15pm. The office will be CLOSED from 12:00-1:00pm.

Limit one appointment per customer per day. Number of transactions allowed per customer is limited by scheduled appointment time.
Please try to be as prepared as possible for your appointment.

Please click the link below to schedule your appt:

Customers with appointments: wait outside front door (faces the parking lot) 5 minutes prior to your appointment time. Staff will come get you when it’s time for you to enter the lobby.
FACE MASKS are REQUIRED during your visit.

*LICENSE PLATE DROP-OFF: You may leave license plates in our DMV drop slot located on the front door (faces the parking lot). License plates will be processed the same business day if dropped off by 4:15pm and receipts will be mailed to the customer address on file. License plates dropped off after 4:15pm or over the weekend (after 4:15pm on Friday) will be processed the next business day.


  • Vehicle Titles and Registrations: Original titles (with or without liens), substitute titles and replacement titles
  • Registrations: Original registrations, renewals (including fleets), transfers, re-issues, and plate surrenders
  • License Plates: Specialized and personalized plate orders, including the issuance of motorcycle, permanent trailer, truck, taxicab and local government use plates
  • Permits and Placards: Handicapped parking placards, trip permits and overload permits
  • Transcript Requests: Driver and vehicle transcripts
  • Voter Registration Applications


  • Issue, renew or replace Driver’s licenses, Learner’s permits, Identification cards, CDL permits or Veteran’s Identification cards
  • Change the name or address on your Driver’s license, Learner’s permit, Identification card or CDL permit
  • Accept payment for license reinstatement fees, fines or tickets
  • Issue Vital Records, such as: birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates
  • Verify insurance or handle insurance monitoring issues, such as SR22 or FR44
  • Process ANY online or franchise dealership work
  • Process mechanic or storage lien titles
  • Process BOAT titles
  • Issue hunting or fishing licenses

Some Virginia DMV CSCs (“full service” offices) have re-opened by appointment only. For more information or to schedule an appointment at those locations, go to: www.dmvnow.com or call 804-497-7100. 


The Town of Madison is seeking a Town Clerk.  The Clerk serves the Town Council and is responsible for coordinating the daily operations of the Town.  An effective Town Clerk must possess strong organizational and time management skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, knowledge of office management systems and procedures, and be able to perform complex administrative tasks.  Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task is a must. The ability to work well with the public is essential.  The Town Clerk is entrusted with fiscal responsibilities and records management. The Clerk must be available to attend regular evening meetings of the Council and other Town bodies. Supervisory experience is preferred. Some light lifting is required.  Business references, a good driving record and background check are required.  The applicant must have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent.  This is a full-time position with benefits to include Virginia Retirement, paid holidays and vacation/sick time.  This position’s starting salary range is $17-$18/hr. Interested persons should submit a cover letter and resume to Cassie Goodwin, 23 Washington Circle, Madison, VA 22727, or via fax 540-948-5994 or e-mail to townofmadison@verizon.net.  A job description is available at: townofmadisonva.com.


The Town Clerk is an employee of the Town of Madison, Virginia who is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Town Council.  The town clerk is directly responsible to the Mayor and Town Council and performs administrative tasks ranging from maintaining and keeping accurate town records, issuing licenses and permits, collecting taxes and supervising town staff. 


An effective town clerk must possess strong record-keeping and organizational skills.  The Town Clerk collects revenue for the Town in the form of DMV revenue, real estate taxes, auto decal sales, meals tax, BPOL tax, permit fees and all other miscellaneous income.  The Town Clerk must account for the funds he/she receives on behalf of the Town and deposit the funds into a bank account in a timely fashion.  The Town Clerk is also responsible for keeping all employee records and paying all expenses on behalf of the town.  The Town Clerk is responsible for scheduling council meetings, preparing agendas, posting notices of public hearings, notifying attendees of the meetings, and attending to present reports and take minutes.  The Town Clerk also serves as a crucial link connecting the public to the Town government providing services to members of the public on behalf of the municipal government.


The Town Clerk’s duties and responsibilities are varied and include providing administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the office.  He/she supports Town Council, the Planning Commission, and the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).  The Town Clerk is responsible for the supervision of town employees.  Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Reply to telephone, email, and face to face inquiries from the public on a daily basis
  • Receive, sort, and answer mail daily
  • Maintain accurate contact lists
  • Develop and maintain computer and manual filing systems
  • Maintain office supplies (inventory and order as needed)
  • Coordinate repairs and purchases of office equipment
  • Generate income and expense reports to Town Council
  • Attend Town Council, Planning Commission, and BZA meetings
  • Record and maintain accurate minutes for Town Council, Planning Commission and BZA
  • Comprise written correspondence, copying, filing, etc. on behalf of the Town
  • Process building, zoning and sign permit applications
  • Process sub-division, variance, rezoning, and appeals requests
  • Process and mail auto decal, real estate, and BPOL tax  invoices
  • Maintain up-to-date employee timesheets, and track vacation, holiday and comp time


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of office management systems and procedures
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work
  • Attention to detail and good problem-solving skills
  • Professionalism and dedication
  • Discretion and sound judgement
  • Be bondable and maintain a driver’s license
  • Teamwork
  • Patience


  • Arrive to work promptly at 8:15 a.m.
  • Sign on to office computer
  • Open Madison Town Office at 8:30 a.m.
  • Check mail daily
  • Check emails regularly throughout day
  • Respond to mail, emails, and walk-in customers
  • Bank deposits as needed
  • Close Madison Town Office at 4:30 p.m.


  • Employee time sheets – collect bi-weekly – verify hours
  • Payroll
  • File payroll through QuickBooks
  • Approve various applications, as needed


  • Pay expenses (rent, utilities, attorney invoices, etc), as needed
  • File Virginia Retirement (VRS)
  • File Federal 941 monthly tax return
  • File VA monthly tax returns
  • Handle collection of meals tax
  • Prepare income and expense reports
  • Prepare agenda for Town Council, Planning Commission, and BZA meetings
  • Prepare minutes for Town Council, Planning Commission, and BZA meetings
  • Schedule meetings for Town Council, Planning Commission, and BZA
  • Balance check book


  • Quarterly expense checks to mayor and council
  • Quarterly auto expense checks to employees
  • Quarterly Federal 941 return
  • Quarterly Virginia Employment Commission return


  • Handle collection of real estate, vehicle license and BPOL taxes and fees.
  • Apply for the Virginia Fire Grant -Madison County Volunteer Fire Department
  • File Annual W-3 Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statement to Social Security Administration along with copies of all employee W-2 forms
  • W-2 forms – employees
  • Document preparation for auditors


23 WASHINGTON CIRCLE, (Peterson Building) AT 7:00 p.m.

The meeting is OPEN to the public.


23 WASHINGTON CIRCLE, (Peterson Building) AT 7:00 p.m.

The meeting is OPEN to the public.

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CENSUS TAKERS will begin following up with households that have not yet responded to the census starting on August 6th. All census staff will follow local public health guidelines, including wearing a mask and observing social distancing protocols.

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The Town of Madison is the county seat and commercial center.  It is near the center of the county, near the intersections of the three major highways service the area – U.S. Route 29, State Route 230, and State Route 231.  There are about 300 residents in the town whose north-south boundaries parallel Main Street.

The Town of Madison is governed by Mayor Willie Lamar and a four-person town council comprised of Vice Mayor Nancy Knighting, Charles Carter, Alma Lu Ayers, and William Payne.  The town office is located on Washington Circle in the Peterson Building and also houses the Division of Motor Vehicles office.  The town council meets at that office, 540-948-3202, on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.  The town planning commission meets the fourth Monday of each month.

Willie Lamar


Nancy H. Knighting

Vice-Mayor…………………………………………… 540-948-7031

Alma Lu Ayers


Charles Carter


William Payne


Cassie Goodwin

Town Clerk and Zoning Administrator…………………540-948-3202

Maynard Sipe

Town Attorney…………………………………………..434-249-9134

Click Here for A Guide to Downtown Madison

Click Here for A Walking Tour of Downtown Madisona-walking-tour-of-downtown-madison


On December 4, 1792, the General Assembly passed the act forming Madison County from Culpeper County, which became effective on May 1, 1793.  The new county was named in honor of James Madison, then an opposition leader in Congress who had played a major role in the adoption of the Federal Constitution.


In June 1793, the gentlemen justices of the Madison County Court gave consideration to the establishment of a permanent county courthouse.  Favoring a site conveniently located in the center of the county, the court decided to purchase a two-acre lot, which was part of a420-acre tract known as Finnell’ Old Field.  This field was situated on the ridge of Courthouse Mountain which runs southwest to northeast and which affords the Town spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and northwest.


On January 6, 1800, in response to a petition signed one month earlier by one hundred citizens of the county, the General Assembly established a town at the courthouse on fifty (50) acres of land.  Calling the new town Madison, after the new county of which it became the county seat, the Legislature ordered all of the fifty acres to be laid off in lots with convenient streets.  The Legislature also appointed seven (7) men, including two (2) county justices, as its first trustees.  The trustees were empowered to make rules for the regular building of houses and to settle all boundary disputes.  In 1801, the General Assembly established within the Town of Madison the county’s first post office.


In 1804, an English visitor to the Town noted that, “In addition to the public buildings on the courthouse square and two taverns, there are ten or twelve houses in the village, among them the resident of a doctor, a lawyer, and a gentleman justice – but no parson or parsonage.”


In 1818, the General Assembly passed two measures relating to the town, each indicative of Madison’s growing maturity as a community:


·                    The first extended the town’s limits to include fifteen (15) acres of land on either side of Main Street south of the courthouse and Carpenter’s Tavern.


·                    The second provided for the popular election of town trustees, who were now required to meet at least once every six months and were authorized for the first time to pass town bylaws and to lay an annual tax on inhabitants and their property not to exceed fifty dollars.


Between 1829 and 1830 the architectural character of the rural Town of Madison changed dramatically with the completion of the present brick courthouse building by former University of Virginia workmen Malcolm F. Crawford and William B. Phillips and builder Richard Boulware.


Joseph Martin in his 1835 Gazetteer of Virginia gives a detailed description of the buildings of the Town:



      “The Village, besides the ordinary county buildings, contains 34 dwelling houses, 6 mercantile stores, 2 taverns, 2 houses of public worship, of which one belongs to the Episcopalians, and the other is free for all denominations.  There are in the vicinity 5 (five) manufacturing flourmills.  The town is healthy and improving.  It has 2 (two) resident attorneys and 4 (four) practicing physicians; whole population 290.”


Handicapped by having neither a railroad in the county nor an adequate system of roads, citizens had to send the county’s two major commercial crops (flour and corn) to market in Fredericksburg by horse and wagon.  In the 1840’s, with the development of the railroad in the Piedmont region, Gordonsville became the major market for crops.  A group of citizens saw the opportunity to tap the produce market of the Shenandoah Valley by constructing a toll road that connected New Market in Shenandoah County to Gordonsville in Orange County, via the Town of Madison.  Organized in 1850 with its office in the Town, the Blue Ridge Turnpike Company accomplished this remarkable engineering project in 1857.  Each phase of construction brought greater wealth to the Town as it became a major stopping place and exchange point for stagecoaches and carriages.  Some of the Town’s most distinguished residences were built during the era of the Blue Ride Turnpike.


During the ear of the Civil War and Reconstruction, the most prominent leader to emerge from Madison was state legislator, Confederate major general, and Governor of Virginia, James Lawson Kemper (1823-1895).  Kemper served in the legislature during five sessions, the last as Speaker of the House.  In 1865 Kemper returned with his family to the Town of Madison, taking up permanent residence on the northern end of Town in 1868. Soon a major figure in the rise of the Conservative Party in Virginia, Kemper served as Governor of Virginia from 1874 to 1877.


By the turn of the century, the Town of Madison had become a thriving, busy place of five hundred (500) inhabitants.  In 1898 its citizens included four attorneys, two carpenters and builders, two coach and wagon builders, two dentists, eight distillers, one druggist, one furniture dealer, five general merchants, on grocer, one ironworker, one tobacconist, two undertakers, one wool dealer, two academy headmasters, and one maker of agricultural implements. 



Two of the most famous and frequent visitors to the Town of Madison from 1929 to 1932 were President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover.  President Hoover was involved in the selection and development of Hoover Camp in western Madison County as a presidential retreat and fishing lodge.  For Madisonians, the social highlight of the 1920s was the celebration of Madison County Day on August 16, 1929, which drew 10,000 people to hear addresses by President Hoover and Governor Harry F. Byrd.


Since the 1990s, a crowd of 17,000 people is not unusual on the Saturday before Labor Day when the Town of Madison, population fewer than 300, is the location for the “Taste of the Mountains” festival sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.  This event was first held in 1993.  “Taste of the Mountains” 2008 included historic and educational displays, artisans and crafters, entertainment by musical groups, and food booths.


A popular event with many visitors to the Town is the Walking Tour sponsored by the Madison Historical Society.  Over 45% of the structures within the Town are 100 years or older.  Many of the Town’s historic structures have identifying plaques with additional information contained in a booklet published and available through the Historical Society.


Since 1991 the Visitor’s Register notes the Town has had visitors from 42 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, along with travelers from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Scotland, and Sweden.  Virginia residents representing many of Virginia’s cities, towns, and counties are frequent visitors to the Town.



                                          Town Structure


The Town of Madison (the only incorporated town in Madison County) is governed by a mayor and a four (4) member council, all of whom shall be qualified voters of the Town and are elected for a four (4) year term from the Town at large.  The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the Town and votes only in tie-breaking situations.  The Town Clerk, appointed by the council, oversees the daily operations of the Town.


The Planning Commission is composed of five (5) members who serve staggered four-year terms.  The Commission serves as an advisory board to the Council on matters relating to zoning and development of land/buildings and is responsible for drafting, reviewing and updating the Town’s comprehensive plan.



                            Regional Setting


The Town of Madison is part of the Rappahannock Rapidan Planning District, a five county area composed of Culpeper, Fauquier, Orange, Rappahannock, and Madison counties.  The Town is centrally located within Madison County and is approximately 78 miles southwest from Washington, D. C., 50 miles west from Fredericksburg, 30 miles north of Charlottesville, and 80 miles northwest of Richmond.