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WHAT TO DO IF YOU LIVE IN THE CITY OF WILLIAMSBURG - REGISTER YOUR VEHICLE

  1. Purchase Virginia plates, update your drivers license and purchase new vehicle registration at Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
  2. Bring your current Virginia vehicle registration with new City of Williamsburg address to the Commissioner of Revenue's Office located in the Municipal Building at 401 Lafayette Street to register your vehicle
  3. Vehicles must be inspected and display the inspection sticker. Inspections may be done at service stations or garages displaying signs for State Inspections Services.
  4. Residents on "Parking by Permit Only" streets may be eligible to purchase a parking permit at the Finance Department. Questions? Call (757) 220-6180.

HOW WE ASSESS PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES

The general rate is $3.50/$100 of N.A.D.A. average loan value or a percentage of cost.

All motor vehicles (including cars, trucks, motor homes, and motorcycles) boats trailers and mobile homes normally garaged in the city are subject to personal property taxes.

The City of Williamsburg assesses and bills annually. 

 

SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS AND EXCEPTIONS

Specially equipped motor vehicles - used to provide transportation for handicapped individuals licensed with handicapped plates are exempted from personal property taxes. Documentation identifying the vehicle and the type of special equipment that has been installed must accompany the application. 

Disabled veterans -  At the August 9, 2018 City Council meeting, ordinance #18-06 was proposed to Article II of Chapter 18 of the Williamsburg code in order to add a new section 18-30 to exempt one motor vehicle owned and used by any disabled veteran of the United States Armed Forces from personal property taxation. 

To qualify for this relief, you must meet the following definition of “disabled veteran” - any veteran of the United States Armed Forces who has either lost, or lost the use of, one or both legs, arms or hands, or who is blind, or who is permanently and totally disabled as certified by the Department of Veterans' Services.

If you believe you may qualify for the Disabled Veteran personal property tax relief, please contact our office before remitting payment of your bill.

In order to provide this relief, you will need to provide a written statement from the Department of Veterans' Services indicating that you have been designated or classified as “disabled veteran” per the definition above and that your disability is service connected.

 

PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT

Personal Property tax bills are due December 1. The tax on the first $20,000 value of your Certified personal car, motorcycle, and pickup or panel truck under 7501 pounds, which is a qualifying vehicle, has been reduced by 56%. Your tax relief represents your portion of an annual block grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia. For qualifying vehicles valued at $1000 or less, your obligation to pay this tax has been eliminated.

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