Decals (MVLT)

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All vehicles garaged in the City of Fairfax must display a city registration decal. Decals are sold in the Treasurer’s Office in City Hall and expire October 5 each year. Enforcement of the new decal begins November 16.

The Motor Vehicle License Tax (MVLT) is $33 for cars and trucks and $18 for motorcycles. Prices are prorated after April 1. Decals are transferable from 11/15 to 7/31 for $1.00.  Decal must be returned to receive the $1 discount

Military personnel living in the city whose legal residence is not Virginia are exempt from paying the fee but should obtain and display a decal.

For information, contact the Treasurer’s Office at 703.385.7900. Citizens may make confidential reports of decal violations on the Decal Violation Hotline at 703.385.7800.


MVLT - Motor Vehicle License Tax - formerly known as Decal Fee.  This is a name change only and more accurately reflects language in the City of Fairfax Code (Section 98-65)