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Newcomer's Guide

Moving to Prince William County and want to know what there is to do in your new community?

Contact Discover Prince William & Manassas, the local convention and visitors bureau, to get a relocation packet and all the information you need on local historic sites, attractions and events. For more information, call 1-800-432-1792, email or visit welcome.jpg

New to Prince William County? Welcome Home!

Prince William County is a great place to live, work and play! If you are new to the area, the following information may help you become established in your new community. As new residents move into Prince William County, they need information about government agencies, public utilities and community services. This section highlights services that may be useful for newcomers.

County Government Hours

Most Prince William County government agencies are open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Some agencies, however, have additional hours on evenings and weekends. Because some processes may take extended periods of time, Prince William County encourages customers to plan ahead and arrive as early as possible to conduct your business in a timely manner. When in doubt about specific agency hours, please call the agency before you visit it. Here are Directions to County Facilities. Click for County Holidays.

The Police Department, Fire and Rescue Service, Homeless Prevention Center, Juvenile Detention Home, Juvenile Emergency Shelter Home and Adult Detention Center operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Student Registration

school-children.pngParents should enroll school-age children as soon as they arrive in Prince William County. Register your child at the school he or she will attend. To determine the appropriate school(s), call 703-791-7200 or visit the Prince William County Public Schools website.

•Certified copy of a birth certificate;

•Certificate of physical examination for kindergarten through seventh graders;

•Evidence of immunizations; and

•A Social Security number.

To determine specific requirements, please call the school(s) designated for your child(ren) before visiting.
Vehicles Garaged or Parked in Prince William County

Vehicle owners should report new vehicles, or vehicles sold or moved outside the County,  to the  Tax Administration Division using eXpress Tax  or by phone at 703-792-6710. The County will levy and collect an annual license fee of $24 for autos/trucks and $12 for motorcycles along with the personal property tax. Personal property taxes are due Oct. 5 for all vehicles located in Prince William County on Aug. 1.  Vehicles moved in after Aug. 1 of any year will also be charged an annual license fee of $24 for autos/trucks and $12 for motorcycles, but the fee will be waived if the new vehicle is a replacement for a vehicle sold or has been moved out of Prince William County.  More information here.

Planning & Zoning
The Office of Planning is responsible for the review of development applications such as rezonings, special use permits, comprehensive plan amendments, zoning approvals and zoning appeals and variances. The office also acts as staff to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Historical Commission and Architectural Review Board.
The Office of Planning has three divisions:
Find out your neighborhood Zoning District by following this link, How Do I Find my Zoning District. For more information, contact the Office of Planning at 703-792-7615.

State Vehicle Registration

Virginia requires that vehicles newly arrived in the state be registered and licensed no later than 30 days after arriving. To do this, certain inspection and minimum insurance requirements must be met. Vehicle emission requirements also must be met in Prince William County. New drivers in the state must have a Virginia operator's license no later than 30 days after arriving. For information, visit   Department of Motor Vehicles.

Local Taxes

In Prince William County, personal property taxes are levied on motor vehicles including trucks, automobiles,  trailers and motorcycles. Personal property taxes are due on October 5 and are based on the number of months the motor vehicle was located in the County during the calendar year. Passenger cars, trucks and motorcycles used for non-business purposes qualify to have all or a portion of the tax amount reduced. The reduction is shown on the tax bill and the taxpayer pays the reduced tax instead of the full amount. The reduction amount applies only to the first $20,000 of value. For Personal Property Tax information, click here.

For real property owners, a real estate tax also is levied. The Board of County Supervisors sets annually a countywide tax rate plus special district tax rates for real estate in April when it adopts the County's operating budget. The special district levies fund the operations of the volunteer fire and rescue companies, the gypsy moth abatement program and certain public services requested by the property owners to be funded through special real property levies. Real estate taxes are due in two installments. First half real estate taxes are due July 15, and the second half is due on December 5. Along with real estate taxes, improved properties are also billed fees for storm water management and solid waste. Storm water management and solid waste fees are split into two equal installments and are due along with real estate taxes.

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In an EMERGENCY, dial 911 for Police Department services.

In non-emergency situations, two substations are the center of Police Department operations. The Eastern District sub-station is located at 15948 Donald Curtis Drive in Woodbridge, 703-792-7200. The Western District sub-station is located in Manassas at 8900 Freedom Center Boulevard, 703-792-6515.  The Neighborhood Watch program is also highly active throughout the County. If you are interested in joining Neighborhood Watch, call  Crime Prevention at 703-792-7270.


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For fire or emergency medical services, call 911. To contact the Department of Fire and Rescue for non-emergency services, please call 703-792-6810.

Two hospitals operate in the County: Prince William Medical Center, 8700 Sudley Road, and Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center (formerly Potomac Hospital), 2300 Opitz Boulevard, Woodbridge.

Commuter Transportation

VRE - The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) runs on weekdays to and from Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. The VRE serves County residents with stops at Woodbridge, Rippon, Quantico, Broad Run, Manassas, and Manassas Park. For route and schedule information, call 703-684-1001 or 1-800-RIDE-VRE.

omnride2.pngOmniMatch - The Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission  (PRTC) coordinates car, van pool, and ride-sharing networks. Call OmniMatch at 703-730-OMNI (6664) or 888-730-OMNI.

OmniRide - Express commuter bus service to/from nearby Metro Stations, Prince William County Park and Ride locations, Pentagon, Tyson's Corner, Crystal City and downtown DC. Call OmniRide at 703-730-OMNI (6664) OR 888-730-OMNI.

OmniLink - A local transit service operates on weekdays along major routes in the County. For information and reservations, call OmniLink at 703-730-OMNI (6664) or 888-730-OMNI.

For more information on commuting, click this link.

Refuse Disposal/Recycling

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Prince William County. Haulers are listed in the yellow pages under Garbage Collection and Rubbish.

Residents also may choose to use the Sanitary Landfill at Independent Hill for trash disposal. There is no fee for Prince William County residents, businesses or refuse haulers to use the landfill.  The annual solid waste fee is part of the County's tax collection and appears as a separate line item on the semi-annual real estate property tax bill. The annual fee for a single-family home is $70.

In order to dispose of trash or yard waste at any of the County's solid waste facilities (main landfill, Balls Ford compost facility, and rural park-out locations), County residents may request a free Solid Waste Disposal Decal.  For information call 703-792-6710 or send your question by e-mail to

Recycling is mandatory in Prince William County. Your trash hauler must offer a curbside recycling program. There also are recycling drop-off sites located throughout the County. A composting facility also operates on Balls Ford Road. Learn more about the County Solid Waste Division's programs and services at Trash Disposal & Recycling.

Parks, Recreation & Leisure

More than 14 million visitors come to Prince William County each year to enjoy its natural and man-made attractions--including two national parks, a state park, public recreation areas, historic sites, and shopping malls.

The Department of Parks and Recreation ( is a unique organization providing a full range of traditional recreational facilities from neighborhood parks, playgrounds and ball fields, to swimming pools, tennis courts, picnic pavilions, hiking trails and open space.  Prince William County Regional Parks include nationally-ranked facilities such as Splash Down Waterpark, WaterWorks, Forest Greens Golf Club, Lake Ridge Golf Course, Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center, SkateNation, and G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium at the Prince William County Stadium Complex.

These parks offer activities, programs and special events for all ages, day camps and after-school care for children, working adults and senior citizens. All persons, including those with special needs or disabilities are encouraged to enjoy the parks.

Having out of town guests who want to see the sights right here in your own community? then plan a visit to the Tourist Information Center at 200 Mill Street in Occoquan. The center is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Call 703-491-4045.

Library System

Prince William County offers a comprehensive Library System, which offers activities for everyone from children to adults at convenient locations throughout the County. Special features of the Library System include the Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC), a special collection devoted to genealogy and local history with a focus on Virginia and Prince William County and MAGIC, your source for information relating to Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William County, Virginia and the United States.

Voter Information

If you are new to our community, you will need to change your address on your voter registration. For information on the Basics of Voting and Elections, visit


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