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Old 02-02-2012, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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Okay...I know this may be a dumb question, but I've seriously looked up this information and am still confused.
Do I register my vehicle through the DTA or DMV?
I went to the DMV website and it had an application for me to register my vehicle and apply for title (my car is currently titled in GA), but it also had a note saying that I would have to pay fees in my county first. So I proceeded to look up Fairfax County vehicle registration and it brought up information about the DTA.

So basically...I've just moved. I want to transfer my GA title to VA and get new vehicle registration. What do I do??
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:43 PM
 
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You register/title it with the DMV, but you also must pay Fairfax County property tax on it. So you must notify Fairfax County of the date you moved the vehicle into the county. This can be done online. I don't think that has to be done before the DMV though.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:10 PM
 
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Right...DMV is 30 days from when you move into the state, and the County (DTA = Dept of Tax Administration) is 60 days. DMV does your drivers license, title, registration, and license plates. The County does personal property tax, aka the car tax. After that, you'll also have to get state safety and emissions inspections done. Those are two different things, but you can get them done at the same time at lots of gas stations. There are some other states that put safety inspection stickers on the front windshield where you can just use that one until it expires, so if you've got such a sticker, check to see if your old state is one of them.
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:57 AM
 
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The personal property tax is like the excise tax we pay up here in Ma? What else do they charge you a personal property tax on?
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Plan a trip to the DMV. You may be able to register your car online but you'll need to also get a driver's license. Check DMV's website for the paperwork you will need to bring with you.

If I recall correctly, a couple of the documents you need are proof of residence (a copy of your lease will do) and your out of state driver's license. Also, when I registered my car 3 years ago, I had to have my emissions inspection before they would allow me to register my car.

So you might want to go ahead and get that done. Like someone said, just stop at a gas station that does state & emissions inspections. They will give you a piece of paper with the results (pass or fail) and you take that into the DMV with you.

Also, the DMV was my first step. In fact, I've never notified any county when I have relocated because when I registered my car at the DMV (or made changes to my address), the county automatically received the notification and then I received a document in the mail from the county. And then I received a prorated bill. I've lived in four counties within VA and this is how it's always worked for me.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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Thanks for all the info everyone! Looks like my first stop (and hopefully only stop) will be to the DMV....aside from the safety/emissions inspection
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:21 PM
 
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You register/title it with the DMV, but you also must pay Fairfax County property tax on it. So you must notify Fairfax County of the date you moved the vehicle into the county. This can be done online. I don't think that has to be done before the DMV though.
Since the registration with DMV and paying Fairfax County property tax is totally separate, how do they enforce people to pay property tax on their cars? This is especially the case for jurisdictions where display of decal is not required.
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:50 PM
 
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Thanks for all the info everyone! Looks like my first stop (and hopefully only stop) will be to the DMV....aside from the safety/emissions inspection
Yup, don't worry, Fairfax County will find you and send you a bill for the car tax
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:04 PM
 
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Yup, don't worry, Fairfax County will find you and send you a bill for the car tax
What about people who have registered with DMV but have not been billed by Fairfax County for car tax for years?
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:55 PM
 
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Don't think that would happen. I moved to Loudoun from Fairfax and both counties were billing me for the same time period. They enforce it by: if you don't pay it, it goes to collections. You can't re-register your car until you pay it. If they know your bank account from last time, they will put a lien on your bank account. They will even find you in another state and have it go on your credit report. They have done all these things-I had a heck of a time a few years ago with them-even after I was no longer living in Virginia and both counties insisted I owed them both and my car was plated in another states.
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