Personal Property Tax

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  • Purchase Virginia plates, update your drivers license and purchase new vehicle registration at Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. The Williamsburg office is located at 952 Capitol Landing Road, 1-800-435-5137. 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. Failure to sign and return a Certification of Tangible Personal Property will result in a non-file fee. Vehicles must be inspected and display the inspection sticker. Inspections may be done at service stations or garages displaying signs for State Inspections Services.
  • Residents on "Parking by Permit Only" streets may be eligible to purchase a parking permit at the Finance Department. Questions? Call (757)220-6180.


  • General Rate $3.50/$100 Loan Value

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.

Specially Equipped Motor Vehicles

Motor vehicles specially equipped 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. 


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.

Failure to sign and return your Certification of Tangible Personal Property will result in a 10% non-file fee.

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