Vehicle Taxes & Fees

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: DTA is open 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For your convenience, our full service counter is open until 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays for walk-in customers.

703-222-8234
TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 261
Fairfax, VA 22035

Juan Rengel,
Division Director

Local Vehicle Registration Fee

All vehicles, including automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles, are required to be registered with the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration (DTA) within 60 days of purchase or move into the county. An annual local registration fee is imposed on all registered vehicles. (Fairfax County Code Section 4-17.2-1)

There is no longer any vehicle registration decal to purchase or display (this is separate from residential parking districts and the state required safety inspection sticker). The same is true for the Towns of Clifton, Herndon, and Vienna.

The manufacturer's shipping weight or scale weight shall be used for computing all fees. The manufacturer's shipping weight shall be interpreted as the "empty weight" for passenger cars and shall be interpreted as the "gross vehicle weight" for trucks, to include pick-up trucks, as listed in the Virginia DMV records.

Fairfax County Fees (Code Article 17.2, Section 2-3)

  • Motorcycles: $18

  • Taxicab or other vehicle which is kept for rent or hire operated by a chauffeur for the transportation of passengers

    • 4,000 lbs. or under: $23
    • 4,001 lbs. or greater: $28
  • Vehicles used exclusively for transportation to and from church school, for the purpose of religious instruction, or church, for the purpose of divine worship

    • 4,000 lbs. or under: $23
    • 4,001 lbs. or greater: $28
  • All other vehicles

    • 4,000 lbs. or under: $33
    • 4,001 lbs. or greater: $38

Towns of Clifton and Herndon(Code of Virginia Section 46.2-752(M))

The Town of Clifton and the Town of Herndon have entered into an agreement with Fairfax County whereby the county will bill and collect the local registration fee on behalf of both towns. DTA will forward these funds to each town as appropriate. At this time, the Town of Vienna will continue to bill and collect its own local registration fee. Vienna residents should continue to pay this fee separately to the Town of Vienna.

Town of Herndon

  • Motorcycles: $12

  • All other vehicles

    • 4,000 lbs. or under: $25
    • 4,001 lbs. or greater: $32

For more information, visit the Town of Herndon website.

Town of Clifton

  • Motorcycles: $18

  • Taxicab or other vehicle which is kept for rent or hire operated by a chauffeur for the transportation of passengers

    • 4,000 lbs. or under: $23
    • 4,001 lbs. or greater: $28
  • Vehicles used exclusively for transportation to and from church school, for the purpose of religious instruction, or church, for the purpose of divine worship

    • 4,000 lbs. or under: $23
    • 4,001 lbs. or greater: $28
  • All other vehicles

    • 4,000 lbs. or under: $33
    • 4,001 lbs. or greater: $38

For more information, visit the Town of Clifton website.

Fee Exceptions (Fairfax County Code Section 4-17.2-2)

Vehicle Registration fees do not apply to:
  • Vehicles owned by the United States government, the state, or any political subdivision thereof
  • Vehicles owned and used by diplomats, their families, and employees
  • Vehicles owned by a qualified full-time active duty military service member (and qualifying spouse) absent from their state of residence
  • Vehicles used as a daily rental passenger vehicle
  • Vehicles owned by volunteer rescue squads
  • Vehicles owned by volunteer fire departments
  • Vehicles owned or leased by auxiliary police officers
  • Vehicles owned or leased by auxiliary police chaplains
  • Vehicles owned or leased by active members of volunteer fire departments
  • Vehicles owned or leased by active members of volunteer rescue squads

The following applicants are entitled to exemption from the vehicle registration fees on one (and only one) vehicle:

If you are not required to register your vehicle with the Virginia DMV in cases where your vehicle is inoperable and not otherwise driven on public roadways, you may be eligible for a waiver of the Fairfax County registration fee. If you think you are entitled to one of these registration fee exceptions, please contact DTA's Personal Property and Business License Division via email at DTAPPD@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-222-8234.

Proration of Fees (Fairfax County Code Section 4-17.2-4(2)(c))

Vehicles located in Fairfax County shall be liable for the Local Vehicle Registration Fee and shall be subject to monthly proration on the same basis as specified for local personal property taxes with the exception of mobile homes and other non-proratable properties. (Fairfax County Code Section 4-17.1-5)

Moving to or from a non-prorating Virginia Locality with current decals/vehicle registration Fee (Code of Virginia Section 46.2.752(H))

Vehicles which are moved to or from any non-prorating locality within Virginia during the tax year, the local vehicle registration fee is not prorated. For more information Town Rules, (Code of Virginia Section 46.2-752(M))