A Note on Privacy
It has come to our attention that some customers, having recently registered a vehicle with Arlington County, are receiving solicitations from companies for services such as extended warranties. Because these companies have specific information on the vehicles in question, some people are concerned that they are getting the information from Arlington. This is not the case. All customer account information is treated with the utmost privacy in accordance with the Code of Virginia. We do not sell or rent our customers’ information to any outside company or organization, nor do we reveal specific information about customers or other personally identifiable data to unaffiliated third parties for their independent use.
Vehicle Registration Guidelines
Arlington County Code § 27§ 27-11.1. Personal Property Tax on Motor Vehicles, Trailers and Boats.
Filing dates –The owner of every motor vehicle, trailer, or boat taxable in the County shall file a tax return for the vehicle with the Commissioner of the Revenue sixty (60) days of the vehicle first acquiring situs or becoming taxable in the County.
Late filing and payment penalties and interest – Any person who fails to timely file a required personal property tax return pursuant to subsection C, above, shall incur a late filing penalty of ten percent (10%) of the amount of tax assessed or ten dollars ($10.00) whichever is greater, but not to exceed the amount of the tax, which penalty shall become part of the tax.
In other words, all vehicles that are located (regularly parked overnight) in Arlington must be registered with the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office (2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 218) within 60 days of:
- Moving a vehicle into Arlington
- Purchasing a vehicle that will reside in Arlington
- Leasing a vehicle that will reside in Arlington
- Transferring the title of a vehicle located in Arlington
Please Note – although you have 60 days to register your vehicle, the law requires the display of a County decal within 30 days, so it’s wise to register your vehicle and obtain a decal within the first 30 days after moving into the County or obtaining a new vehicle in order to avoid the risk of being ticketed by the police. For registration, you’ll need:
- A valid state vehicle registration
- A copy of your most recent paid personal property tax receipt or filing (if you’ve moved your vehicle from another jurisdiction)
- Payment for your vehicle’s County decal:
- Automobiles – $33.00
- Taxis – $23.00
- Motorcycles – $18.00
- Trailers – no charge
You can register your vehicle online, by mail, or in person at the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office:
- Online Vehicle Registration — Online
- Vehicle Registration Form
- Watercraft Personal Property Tax Return
Note: If you live in a Residential Permit Parking (RPP) zone, you’ll also need a RPP permit or pass for street parking during restricted hours. Go to Residential Permit Parking for more information.