No Decals Needed
- There is no Arlington County decal required for your vehicle as of July 1, 2019. Read here for details.
- The Arlington County Board has eliminated the annual Motor Vehicle License Fee (MVL) for Arlington residents as of January 1, 2022.
- For information about the local Motor Vehicle License fee, please read here.
Vehicle State Registration Stickers
Are you looking for information about the stickers that go on your vehicle’s license plate as shown below?
If you have questions about the stickers that go on your vehicle’s license plate, you must contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. The Arlington County Treasurer’s Office has no responsibility or authority in the issuance of vehicle state registration stickers.
Vehicle State Safety Inspection Stickers
Do you have a question about how or where to get a safety inspection sticker for your vehicle as shown below?
For information about safety inspections, or to find safety inspection stations near you, contact the Virginia State Police at www.vsp.virginia.gov or (804) 674-6774. The Arlington County Treasurer’s Office has no responsibility or authority in the issuance of state safety inspection stickers.
Background and The Last Decal
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. The artist of the last decal is Schuyler Workmaster, a then-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.
As stated at the top of the page, the Arlington decal was discontinued effective July 1, 2019.