- The Arlington County Board voted to eliminate the requirement to display a decal beginning July 1, 2019. Read here for details.
- An annual local Motor Vehicle License fee — $33 for most vehicles — is imposed on all registered vehicles per the requirements in the Arlington County Code Section 14-69.
- For information about the local Motor Vehicle License fee, please read here.
The Last Decal
The artist of the last decal is Schuyler Workmaster, a 12th grader from Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School. Schuyler’s pastel drawing is entitled “The Arlington Skyline and Potomac River.” For more information on Schuyler and on the competition, please read here.
To see all of the submissions and descriptions from the last decal design competition, please visit here.
Background on Decals
Arlington began requiring local licensing of vehicles in 1949, which took the form of a metal tag attached to the license plate. The first windshield decal was issued in 1967; decals were first produced with a color image in 2000. In 2003, residents were given the opportunity to vote on the image, and in 2005 the Treasurer’s Office started the Decal Design Competition for high school students.