Arlington County Vehicle Decals


Arlington County Code requires a county decal to be displayed on the front windshield of every vehicle within 60 days of purchasing the vehicle or moving it into the county.  Arlington County Police will ticket all vehicles garaged, stored, or parked in Arlington County that do not display a valid county decal.

Purchasing a Decal – New Residents/Residents with New Vehicles

  • Register your vehicle with the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office
  • Pay the decal fee ($33 for most vehicles).  We will mail your decal. It should arrive within 7-10 days.
    • If you have moved from another county that required a decal and it was issued within the current tax year (January 1 to December 31), we will issue an Arlington County decal for no fee if you present proof of purchase from the issuing county.

Purchasing a Decal – Current Residents

  • If you are a current resident and do not have a vehicle that was newly registered with the county, you will receive your decal with your tax bill. 
  • If you have outstanding debt, your decal will not be mailed with your bill. It will not be issued until we receive payment for the outstanding debt and the decal fee.

All personal property taxes and outstanding parking violations must be paid before a decal is issued for any vehicles registered to that owner.

Decal Cycle

The county decal changes every year.  New decals must be displayed by November 15 of each year.

Decal Design Competition

Since 2005, the Treasurer’s Office has held a competition for high school students to select the design for the county decal.  The 2014-15 competition is underway.  Click here for more information.

Last Modified: April 09, 2014
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