Your 2014 Car Tax Bill; What You Need to Know

September 2014

More than 800,000 personal property (car) tax bills have been mailed to county vehicle owners. Your tax payment is due Monday, Oct. 6.  For more information, visit

Here is what you need to know:

  • The 2014 Personal Property Tax bill includes a $33 registration fee ($38 for vehicles in excess of 4,000 pounds, or $18 for motorcycles) regularly garaged, stored or parked in Fairfax County. There is no county windshield decal to purchase or display. Residents living in Clifton, Herndon and Vienna: contact your town office for more information on your town's decal and/or fee requirements.

  • You may qualify for tax relief, if you are a senior at least 65 years old, or permanently and totally disabled, or a disabled veteran. More information and forms are available at, or call 703-222-8234 (TTY 703-222-7594).

  • Avoid the last minute rush and get faster service. If you have a question or concern about your tax bill, you should contact the Department of Tax Administration at your earliest convenience, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 703-222-8234 (TTY 703-222-7594), or send an email to  
  • There are several convenient ways to pay. Note: In order to complete a transaction, you will need the last 4 digits of your vehicle identification # (VIN) and property # as shown on your tax bill. If you do not have a bill with you, you will need your DMV Customer Number and the last 4 digits of your vehicle’s VIN.

    • Online – The most convenient way to pay your tax is online. Go to and follow the directions.

    • By Mail – Detach the bottom of your bill and send in the full amount by check written to County of Fairfax.  Do Not Send Correspondence with your bill. Send an email to, or send correspondence to DTA, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax, VA 22035. Postmark must be by the due date to avoid late charges. If a check is returned by the bank unpaid, a $50 charge will be added and the payment is void.

    • Pay With Cash – Pay by cash at the customer service desk at any Northern Virginia Shoppers Food location, or at other participating retailers. For a list of retailers who accept your tax payment, visit, click on store locator. You must have your bill and pay the exact amount due; a $1.25 service fee will be charged by Global Express per transaction.

    • Mobile App – Download the free Fairfax County app by searching Fairfax County Government on Google Play or the Apple App Store. Once you download and launch the Fairfax County app, look for the Services icon. Click on the Services icon and look for the Car Tax icon. Follow the simple directions. You will be able to see your current balance due and any prior year taxes due. A third- party service fee applies for paying with a debit or credit card. 

    • QR Code on Your Bill – Your bill has a QR (Quick Response) barcode printed on the top right-hand corner (above your amount due). Use the QR code reader on your smartphone to directly access the online tax payment site. Follow the simple directions. You will be able to see your current balance due and any prior year taxes due. A third-party service fee applies for paying with a debit or credit card. 

    • In Person – (Long lines are possible close to the Oct. 6 deadline.)  Pay in person at the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax, VA 22035, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (open Thursdays until 6:30 p.m.). Extended hours: Sept.  29 to Oct. 3, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; open until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2. Open Saturday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m. to noon.  You are encouraged to pay by mail or online to avoid standing in line.

    • Electronic Check – Go to and pay by electronic check. Provide information from your check and your bank account will be automatically debited. No processing fee is charged.

    • Credit Card – Call 703-222-6740, (TTY 711) to pay by telephone or go to to pay online. A 2.5 percent third-party processing fee is charged for credit card payments (as allowed by state law). More details on paying by credit card (including debit card information).

    • At Banks – Pay at any of the following banks in Fairfax County only. (You must have your bill and pay the exact amount due. Credit cards are not accepted.)
      • Bank of America (check or cash)
      • SunTrust (check or cash)
      • Note: Wells Fargo no longer accepts payments at its branches.





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