County Residents No Longer Need to Purchase Vehicle Decals

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

June 29, 2006

Fairfax County Residents
No Longer Need to Purchase Vehicle Decals

Clifton, Herndon and Vienna Residents Still Need Town Decals

Fairfax County residents are no longer required to purchase a $25 decal and display it on their windshields, which will result in an average savings of $58 per household. The Board of Supervisors repealed the related article in the Code of the County of Fairfax, effective July 1, 2006.

Decals are no longer sold online or at the Fairfax County Government Center. Vehicles properly registered with the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration are not subject to ticketing for failure to display a county decal on the windshield. Residents can remove the old green decal from last year.

Residents of the towns of Clifton (corporate limits only), Herndon and Vienna, however are still required to purchase town decals and must still file and pay personal property taxes to the county.

Although Fairfax County is not the first jurisdiction in Virginia to eliminate the requirement to display vehicle decals, it is the first in Northern Virginia. Based on the Board of Supervisors’ action, Fairfax is the first jurisdiction to fully eliminate the decal revenue, along with the display requirement. Generally, county residents with vehicles properly registered with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles with a “garage jurisdiction” of Fairfax County are not subject to ticketing for the non-display of a local decal. Residents should ensure that their address with DMV is correct; otherwise they may encounter tax and ticket problems.

New residents and those registering a vehicle for the first time must file a personal property declaration form with the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration within 60 days after purchase or entry into the county. Vehicles may be registered online at Failure to properly register vehicles on time will result in late filing penalties.

For more information, call the Department of Tax Administration at 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594.


To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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