Place the decal on your vehicle as soon as you receive it. The decal goes on the driver's side of the front windshield, next to the Virginia State Inspection sticker.
Please ask your mechanic to be careful removing the old state inspection sticker, as they sometimes accidentally remove the City decal as well.
About the Decals
All cars, trucks, and motorcycles normally garaged within the city must be registered and clearly display a blue City decal.
The City's parking enforcement officer will ticket cars without decals properly posted on front windshields. Failure to display a decal within 60 days of a new or moved vehicle entering the City may result in citation from enforcement.
Once the registration is complete, the Treasurer's office will send a bill for the permanent decal. The decal will be mailed once the bill is paid in full.
$33 Vehicle Fee
The fee is $33 a year for most vehicles and will be added to your Personal Property bill that is due October 5 each year. Separate fee schedules apply to trucks, motorcycles, taxicabs, and buses. Decals must be purchased within 60 days by new residents or residents with a newly acquired vehicle.
Penalty for No Decal
City of Falls Church vehicles without valid decals may be ticketed in the cities of Falls Church, Alexandria, and Fairfax, the counties of Arlington and Loudoun, and the Town of Herndon. As of December 2013, the ticket fee is $50 (check the City Code for most current fee).
Why Change to a Permanent Decal?
In 2020, the Falls Church City Council voted to move to a permanent vehicle license, also known as the car decal. This practice is in line with other jurisdictions and more convenient for vehicle owners.