Tax and Car Decal Deadline

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

Sept. 30, 2005

There Is Still Time to Pay Taxes and Purchase Car Decals

Fairfax County residents are reminded that 2005 personal property taxes and green-colored vehicle decals for year 2006 must be paid for by Oct. 5. Residents can take advantage of several payment options by mail, telephone, computer or kiosks throughout the county to avoid long last-minute lines.

Decals do not have to be displayed until Nov. 16. As long as payment is made by Oct. 5, the decal will arrive by mail in time to meet the Nov. 16 deadline to display the decal on the vehicle if the decal has not already been mailed out.

Tax payments can be made:

  • On the Internet – Visit and pay by electronic check or credit card (VISA, MasterCard and Discover).
  • At banks – Pay at local branches of the following banks in Fairfax County: Bank of America, Sun Trust and Wachovia. These payments must be made on or before the due date of Oct. 5. You must bring your bill and pay the exact amount billed.
  • By phone – For VISA and MasterCard, call 703-222-6740, TTY 711. If using Discover, call 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • By mail – Must be postmarked by Oct. 5. Send checks only (no cash) payable to Fairfax County to the Department of Tax Administration, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax, VA 22035.
  • At the county’s electronic kiosks – Use your Discover, MasterCard or VISA card at county kiosks located in the following libraries: Centreville, Chantilly, Dolley Madison, Fairfax City, George Mason, John Marshall, Kings Park, Kingstowne, Pohick, Reston, Sherwood and Tysons-Pimmit. Additional kiosks are located at Fair Oaks Mall, Springfield Mall, Tysons Corner Center, Reston Town Center, Tysons West Park Transit Station, Adult Detention Center (Sheriff’s Office), Fairfax City Museum, Mason Governmental Center, South County Government Center, Inova HealthPlex in Springfield, the Pennino Building, the Fairfax County Government Center and the Town of Warrenton Library.
  • In person: Pay by check, cash or credit card (VISA, MasterCard and Discover) at the Fairfax County Government Center, Department of Tax Administration, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax. There will be extended hours at this location, Monday through Wednesday until Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Department of Tax Administration also will be open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All personal property taxes for all vehicles must be paid by the due date of Oct. 5 before a decal for tax year 2006 will be issued. There is a 10 percent penalty plus interest for late personal property tax payments.

Fairfax County taxes the following types of personal property: automobiles, trucks, vans, motor homes, mobile homes, motorcycles and trailers. Currently, the state-authorized tax reduction is 70 percent of the value up to $20,000 on qualifying personal-use vehicles. Taxpayers will see that amount reflected in the bill they receive from Fairfax County.

Anyone owning personal property before July 1 that is subject to tax should have received a bill in the mail by Sept. 15. Failure to receive a bill does not exempt individuals from paying personal property taxes, purchasing decals or incurring late payment penalties. Residents are asked to check their tax bills upon receipt to make sure the information is accurate. If they did not receive a bill or if the bill is incorrect, they should call 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594.

Owners of newly purchased vehicles (including vehicles formerly leased) and new residents with vehicles must register those vehicles with the county and purchase a county decal within 60 days of purchase or residency. Declaration forms are available at the Department of Tax Administration, or by calling 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594. You can also download tax forms from, report vehicle changes and calculate the proration of certain vehicle taxes.

For recorded personal property tax information using a touch-tone phone, call the county’s 24-hour automated information system at 703-324-INFO (703-324-4636) and press 1, 5, 2. Residents can also obtain tax information from

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