The Department of Tax Administration (DTA) is responsible for the enforcement and collection of all uncontested parking tickets issued in Fairfax County. DTA has partnered with United Public Safety (UPSafety) to manage the processing of parking ticket payments and disputes.
If you receive a parking ticket in Fairfax County, you must pay or request a court hearing to contest the fine within 21 calendar days of the issue date. Failure to pay or contest the citation within 21 days of the issue date will result in additional penalties.
A late payment fee of $25 will be added to uncontested tickets if payment is not made within 21 days of the issue date.
- Call 703-215-1021 to pay by credit card (service fees apply).
- Department of Tax Administration
PO Box 609
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
- Check or money order should be made payable to "County of Fairfax" and include the ticket number being paid.
- Do NOT send cash.
- Payment must be postmarked within 21 days of issue to be considered on time.
- Government Center
- 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax, VA 22035
- Weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; open until 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays.
- Pay by check, cash, credit or debit card (for credit/debit, third party service fees will apply).
- Please bring the ticket with you to make payment.
Returned Check Fee
- If a check is returned, a $50 charge will be added, and the payment is void.
Disputing a Parking Ticket
DTA does not have authority to adjudicate parking tickets. If you wish to contest a parking ticket, you must request a hearing before the Fairfax County General District Court within 21 days of the date the ticket was issued. Requests beyond the 21-day limit will not be accepted.
Once your request for a hearing is processed, payment of the original fine to DTA will no longer be accepted. You will need to contact the Fairfax County General District Court – Traffic Division at 703-246-3764 to arrange payment and additional fees will apply.
If you fail to appear for your assigned court date and/or are found guilty, you will be ordered to pay the fine and court costs.
Court dates are assigned based on officer availability. Each Police Officer has only one court date a month. A confirmation letter will be mailed to you with the assigned date and time of your hearing. Requests to change an assigned court date must be made through the Fairfax County General District Court – Traffic Division by calling 703-246-3764. DTA cannot remove or adjust a court date once it is set.
The General District Court is located at 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. On the day of your hearing, your courtroom assignment will be posted electronically on the first floor of the courthouse, near the Traffic Division, Room 106. It is recommended that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your hearing to park and go through security screening. If you are late to court, your case may be tried in your absence.
Potential Adverse Consequences
Failure to resolve parking tickets by ignoring them at any stage of the process described above may result in any or all of the following remedies: referral of the debt to a collection agency, the filing of a lien against the registered owner, towing and/or booting of the vehicle, inability to re-register the vehicle. In all cases, the costs of these remedies will be added to the fines and fees due.
If your vehicle is towed by a Fairfax County contract tow company
Fairfax County Code § 82-5-41 grants authority to the Police Department to tow vehicles against which there are three or more outstanding parking citations.
Before a vehicle can be released from a tow lot, the outstanding parking violation notices for which the vehicle was removed and all costs incidental to the removal and storage of the vehicle must be paid.
Contact DTA at (703) 222-8234 for payment instructions.
Once all outstanding tickets are paid, you must contact DTA to secure the release for your vehicle from the tow lot.
If you do not call for the release of your vehicle during our normal work hours (Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.), you risk incurring additional storage fees should your vehicle remain on the tow lot for any additional days or over a weekend.