In 1906, Governor Claude A. Swanson signed legislation requiring automobiles to be licensed and registered with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Over 4,500 motor vehicles were registered at a fee of $2 each between 1906 and 1910. The first motor vehicle to be registered in Virginia, a 1906 Oldsmobile, was owned by a Staunton citizen and licensed June 12, 1906. At that time, each county was required to raise money by whatever means to build and maintain roads because there was no state support. There were no hard surfaced roads anywhere in the state, thus the statewide speed limit was 15 mph. Still trying to find out when the first recorded automobile accident occurred in the state. Any insights out there?