Board of Supervisors Adopts Penalty For Not Properly Displaying Virginia License Plate

Sept. 11, 2013

News Highlights

  • No Plate Tax and penalty totals $350 for not properly displaying Virginia License Plate.
  • Affected vehicles owners also will be billed the applicable Personal Property (Car) Tax.


More Information

Following a public hearing at the Sept. 10 meeting, the Board of Supervisors adopted a $250 penalty to coincide with Fairfax County’s existing $100 No Plate Tax. Combined, the No Plate Tax and penalty is now $350, effective Wednesday, Sept. 11. 

The No Plate Tax refers to the tax and penalty on vehicles that are owned by Fairfax County residents who do not properly display Virginia license plates within 30 days of purchase or move-in of a vehicle.  This applies to vehicles that are normally garaged or parked in Fairfax County and are subject to Virginia’s vehicle licensing laws.  The No Plate Tax and penalty is a local charge authorized by state law.

In addition to the No Plate Tax, affected vehicles owners also will be billed the applicable Personal Property (Car) Tax. The tax does not apply to certain residents such as active military or active military spouses who co-own a vehicle.  

For questions about the No Plate Tax, visit, e-mail, or call the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration (DTA) at 703-222-8234 (TTY 711).  For more information on Virginia vehicle licensing requirements, visit the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Go to for Fairfax County tax information.



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