Vehicle Personal Property Tax Assessments

Vehicle Personal Property Taxes

All cities and counties in Virginia have a personal property tax which helps fund local government. For Arlington County residents, the tax is assessed on all motor vehicles that are garaged (regularly parked) overnight in Arlington County per Arlington County Code § 27-11.1 , including:

  • Cars
  • Buses
  • Motor homes
  • Motor Scooters
  • Semitrailers
  • Trucks
  • Motorcycles
  • Trailers
  • Boats
  • Aircraft

The Commissioner of Revenue’s Personal Property Tax Division assesses all Arlington vehicle personal property taxes, based on:

  • The County Board’s set tax rate (for 2021, the tax rate has been set at $5.00 per $100 of assessed value).
  • Your vehicle’s value. (The Commissioner uses the “Clean Loan” value in the January [of the tax year] edition of the “National Automobile Dealer’s Association Used Car Guide” for vehicle assessments.)
  • The number of months your vehicle was located in Arlington.
  • The amount of tax relief your vehicle is provided.
  • The Code of Virginia and local ordinances.

For more information on tax assessments or vehicle personal property taxes, contact the Personal Property Tax Division at 703-228-3135.

The Commissioner of Revenue’s Office is currently closed for walk-in customers.  We appreciate your understanding while we work to keep our staff and customers healthy and safe.

This tax also applies to vehicles that:

  • Do not display Virginia license plates (these vehicles may also be required to pay an annual Out of State License Fee
  • Are inoperable
  • Are “temporarily absent” from Arlington (removed for a short period with the intent to return)
  • Are garaged in other Virginia jurisdictions, or moved outside the Commonwealth of Virginia, but not properly registered as such

As of July 1, 2019, vehicles are no longer required to display a county decal

Assessment Timeframe

The vehicle personal property tax year is from January 1 to December 31. Vehicles are assessed based on the number of months they have a taxable status in Arlington.

  • A period of half a month or more is considered a full month.
  • If your vehicle is not registered in another jurisdiction, it is considered to be temporarily absent from Arlington so the Arlington tax will not be prorated.
  • If the vehicle is moved to a non-prorating Virginia locality, you will still owe taxes to Arlington for the full year.
  • Review your tax bill to ensure that it reflects the correct period of time.  If correction is necessary, email the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office or call 703-228-3135 Option 0.


Statement from Arlington’s Commissioner of the Revenue regarding impacts of COVID-19 on Personal Property Values for 2021

The Arlington County’s Office of the Commissioner of Revenue bases the annual tax assessments for motor vehicles garaged in Arlington County on the “Clean Loan Value”, established by the “National Automobile Dealer’s Association Used Car Guide”, which is published every January. Under this guidance, assessments are prepared every summer for bills to be mailed in preparation for the annual motor vehicle tax payment due date of October 5.

Generally, a vehicle is a depreciating asset, so customers would expect lower assessments as their vehicle ages. However, our office has learned that some vehicle values may have increased this year due to a number of factors, including a slowdown in production of vehicles in 2020 and 2021, partly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This has caused an increase in prices for new and used vehicles. Limited availability and associated price increase drive up prices for customers shopping in the used car market as well as the new vehicle market. These higher values may result in increased assessments for some vehicles.

At this time, our office is unable to predict how this potential increase could affect our customers. Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy wants to assure Arlingtonians that they will receive a fair assessment based on market value data.

The Commissioner of Revenue's Office is closed for walk-in customers.  Appointments are being accepted for the following departments:

DMV Select:

Vehicle Personal Property Tax Division:

Vehicle personal property tax registrations, a change in the status of your vehicles, and payments can be processed online via the Customer Assessment and Payment Portal.

Please make sure to pay before any payment deadlines to avoid any additional fees, including any bill that may require an adjustment.  

For questions or if you wish to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 703-228-3135, #0. 

Compliance & Enforcement:

Please call 703-228-4017, #0

State Income Tax:

Please cal703-228-4017, #0