Lol... I ran into the same problem with my Ed's replicas. Fucking Virginia. It's so stupid, if your lights don't have that damn DoT sticker on them, it won't pass even though your lights are brighter and work they still won't pass it. So I had to find somebody that wasn't by the book/anal about the inspection.
I had the same issue before too. Don't know if they're close to you, but I used to bring my MK6 there with a bunch of mods and depo headlights/tail lights/tinted fog lights and they always passed me. Hope this helps.
8320 Lee Hwy,
Fairfax, VA 22031