Credit/Debit Card Payments (Car Tax)

Pay Online by Credit/Debit Card

Credit/Debit Card Information

  • You may pay your Car Taxes over the Internet with your VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card.
  • Payment is considered on-time as long as submission is made by the due date.
  • Credit card company by-laws require the Department of Tax Administration (DTA) to use a third party to process credit/debit card payments for VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. DTA uses a third party processor named Govolution to process credit/debit card payments for Car Taxes. For credit card and MasterCard debit payments, Govolution will charge a service fee of 2.5% on the total amount paid. For Visa debit card payments, Govolution will charge a flat service fee of $3.95. These fees are authorized by State law.
  • You may also pay Car Taxes by credit/debit card over the telephone by calling 703-222-6740.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Third Party Processors

Important Note for Payment of Delinquent Taxes: The Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration (DTA) may have placed a 'Hold' against your DMV registration because of delinquent taxes. It may take up to 5 business days before your account is updated to reflect payments made to our credit card processor, Govolution.

  • If you are paying well in advance of renewing your state vehicle registration, you can pay by credit/debit card and any existing DMV 'Hold' will be released automatically within the next two weeks.
  • If you need the immediate release of a DMV registration 'Hold', you may make payment by Credit/Debit Card now. However, you must also contact DTA after 24 hours to verify that your account is clear and obtain a release.
  • Remember, DTA must collect the $20 fee before a DMV 'Hold' can be released.

If you experience any problems, please call the Department of Tax Administration at 703-222-8234.

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