Vehicle License Fee Information 

 

County Decal Requirements 

Prince William County does not issue vehicle decals.      

Local Vehicle License Fee

Annually, the County's assesses a vehicle license fee on all vehicles principally housed, parked, or garaged in Prince William County. The vehicle license fee is $24 for autos/trucks and $12 for motorcycles. This fee is in addition to the County personal property tax. 

Vehicle Registration 

Vehicles that are principally garaged or parked in Prince William County must be registered with the County.

New County residents, residents with a newly purchased vehicle, and residences with a vehicle that has  been relocated to the County will need to register their vehicles. Also, any change in vehicle status should be reported to the County. Status change includes ownership (vehicle purchased or sold) and change of location (when a vehicle is moved into or out of the County).  

To report the purchase, move, sale, or disposal of a vehicle use the County's online reporting tool eXpress Tax, or contact Tax Payer Services at (703)-792-6710. 

Filling Requirements

  • Vehicles that are principally garaged or parked in Prince William County must be registered with the County.

  • New County residents and must register their vehicles within 60 days of their move-in date. Vehicles are taxable as of the move-in date. 

  • Newly purchased vehicles must be registered with the County within 60 days of the date of purchase. Vehicles are taxable as of the purchase date.

  • Vehicles that are relocated to Prince William County must be registered within 60 days of the move. They are billed at the license fee rate of $24 for autos/trucks and $12 for motorcycles.

  • The license fee is waived when a vehicle is purchased as a replacement to a vehicle on which the owner has already paid the annual license fee.

  • License fees are never prorated or refunded.

  • License fees paid in the current year to another locality will be honored by Prince William County.    

License Fee Exemptions

Vehicles exempt from the vehicle license fee include:  

  • Vehicles owned by active duty military persons not claiming Virginia as their home-of-record (vehicle must be 100% owned by Non-Virginia military personnel)

  • Vehicles with disabled permanent license plates

  • Vehicles displaying a disabled placard (one vehicle exemption per placard)

  • Vehicles owned by certain fire and rescue volunteers

  • Vehicles with antique plates, government-issued plates, or medal of honor plates

  • Newly purchased vehicles that replace a vehicle on which the owner has already paid the license fee for the year         

 

Vehicle Status Updates & New Vehicle Registration

New vehicles can be registered and changes to existing vehicle reported by going online and using eXpress Tax, or by calling Taxpayer Services at (703) 792-6710.  Please have your vehicle's registration information available when reporting new vehicles. 

 

For more information, call (703)-792-6710 | Metro (703)-631-1703 ext. 6710 | or e-mail  Taxpayer_Services@pwcgov.org.