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For vehicles, you must notify the Department of Motor Vehicles and register the vehicle in your name with a garage jurisdiction of Middlesex County. The Department of Motor Vehicles will forward this information to our office at the beginning of each year. For boats, you must register the vessel with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries or Coast Guard with a docking or usage location of Middlesex County.
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Virginia State Code Section 58.1-3503 defines personal property as:
Personal property tax bills are due on December 5th.
Middlesex County does not prorate personal property. You will be responsible for the tax bill for the entire year.
Notify the Department of Motor Vehicles immediately if your vehicle has been sold, stolen, donated, or totaled. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles requires notification within 30 days of selling, trading, or junking a vehicle by completing the back portion of the vehicle registration form.
Notify the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries or Coast Guard Documentation Center immediately if your watercraft has been sold, stolen, donated, or junked. You will need to notify Department of Motor Vehicles if you sold a boat trailer.
If your legal domicile is Virginia, your vehicle(s) is/are subject to personal property taxes from the locality where you are registered regardless of where the vehicle is garaged during your active military service. If your vehicle is titled in Virginia, but your legal domicile is not in Virginia, your vehicle is not subject to Virginia property taxes. A copy of a current leave and earnings statement is required to absolve any liability to Virginia. This statement must be filed with the Commissioner’s office each year.
Visit Department of Motor Vehicles website.
You can contact the Department of Motor Vehicles by phone at 804-497-7100.
The mailing address for the Department of Motor Vehicles is:Virginia Department of Motor VehiclesP.O. Box 27412Richmond, VA 23269
Visit Game and Inland Fisheries website.
You can reach the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries by phone at 866-721-6911 or 804-367-6135.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is located at:4010 West Broad StreetRichmond, VA 23230
Visit the Coast Guard website.
You can reach the National Vessel Documentation Center by phone at 800-799-8362 or 304-271-2400.
Yes, all vehicles need to be registered with Middlesex County. If the vehicle is classified as an antique or vintage and has permanent license plates issued, then the vehicle is not subject to taxation.
The 1998 Virginia General Assembly passed legislation to phase out the payment of personal property taxes by individuals on certain motor vehicles. The State’s “No Car Tax Program” has been eliminated as of September 1, 2006.
A new program was implemented by the State as of January 1, 2006. The personal property tax relief program is no longer intended to eliminate the personal property tax, but rather provide a reduction to the taxpayer. Your tax bill will be reduced by a percentage which will be determined annually. The relief now represents an annual block grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Vehicles do not qualify under the following circumstances: