Car Tax is Due Oct. 5; Extended Hours and Many Ways to Pay

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Updated Sept. 29, 2017

Have you paid your car tax yet?

Since July, the county has mailed out more than 800,000 annual bills to vehicle owners. The deadline to pay your bill is Thursday, Oct. 5. Below is a helpful checklist to get you through the process.

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If you have a question or concern about your tax bill, contact our customer service staff in the Department of Tax Administration at your earliest convenience. The hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 703-222-8234 (TTY 711), or send an email.

Extended hours at the Government Center are also available for your convenience:

  • Saturday, Sept. 30: 8 a.m. to noon
  • Monday, Oct. 2 to Wednesday, Oct. 4: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 5: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Access Your Information Online

There’s an easy way to access your personal property (car tax) and real estate tax accounts securely online – via our MyFairfax web portal. By creating an account and logging on, you can:

  • Access tax information
  • Register new vehicles or update vehicles moved or sold
  • View current and past real estate assessment and payment information
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There are Many Ways to Pay

There are several convenient (and quick!) ways to pay. Tip: have your bill handy, you will need info listed on it.

Ways to pay include:

  • Online with credit/debit card or checking account
  • Use your smartphone
  • By phone with your credit card
  • In person at Government Center or at participating retailers
  • By mail
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Bill Includes Local Registration Fee

Your personal property (car) tax bill includes a local registration fee for vehicles regularly garaged, stored or parked in Fairfax County.

  • This is separate and distinct from the state registration fee paid to the Virginia DMV.
  • Other than a safety inspection sticker, Fairfax County does not require the display of a windshield decal.

The Town of Clifton and the Town of Herndon have eliminated the requirement to display a local registration windshield decal. Due to state law, each town will continue to charge a local registration fee, but there is no longer a physical decal. Fairfax County personal property tax bills now include the local registration fee charged by those towns. Fairfax County, the Town of Clifton and the Town of Herndon have entered into an agreement so the county will now bill and collect the current registration fee on behalf of the towns, and will forward the fees to each town as appropriate. The town fee will now be prorated upon the sale or move of the vehicle.

Residents of the Town of Vienna must still pay town registration fees directly to Vienna. Fairfax County is not billing Vienna town fees at this time.


√ Tax Relief

You may qualify for tax relief, if you are a senior at least 65-years-old, or permanently and totally disabled, a disabled veteran, or a spouse of a veteran killed in action. More information and forms are online, or call 703-222-8234 (TTY 711).


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