Local Motor Vehicle License Fee
Arlington County Code §27-11.1 requires all vehicles, including automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles to be listed for property taxes within sixty (60) days of the vehicle first acquiring situs or becoming taxable in Arlington County. In addition, an annual local motor vehicle registration fee is imposed on all registered vehicles per the requirements in the Arlington County Code Section 14.2-69. The fee is billed with the annual Vehicle Personal Property Tax and issued by the Arlington County Treasurer.
Transfers and Refunds: Per Arlington County Code 14.2-75, no refund of the County motor vehicle license fee shall be allowed except when proof is provided that the fee was paid in error. Also, the annual motor vehicle license fee is to be assessed and payable in the full annual amount for all vehicles with situs in the County during any portion of a given year and is not to be prorated.
As of July 1, 2019, the Arlington County decal will no longer need to be displayed. This is separate from Residential Permit Parking Districts and the required Virginia state safety inspection sticker.
Arlington County Motor Vehicle License Fees:
- Automobiles – $33.00
- Taxis – $23.00
- Motorcycles – $18.00
- Trailers – no charge
Vehicle Registration fees do not apply to vehicles:
- Registered with the U.S. Department of State issued Diplomatic license plates
- Owned by a qualified full-time active duty military service member (and qualifying spouse) absent from their state of residence
- Used as a daily rental passenger vehicle
The following applicants are entitled to exemptions from the Motor Vehicle Registration fee on one and only one vehicle:
- Disabled veterans displaying DMV issued disabled veteran license plates
- Medal of Honor recipients displaying DMV issued Medal of Honor plates
- Members of the Virginia National Guard displaying DMV issued National Guard plates
- Owners of antique motor vehicles displaying DMV issued antique license plates