Upon moving into Virginia or purchasing a new vehicle, vehicle owners have 30 days to register with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and purchase a license plate.
Every vehicle operating in Virginia must pass an annual safety inspection and display a valid safety inspection sticker. Generally, all new car dealerships perform inspections. Many garages that repair vehicles are also licensed to perform inspections and will display a large white sign with blue lettering designating them as official inspection stations. Many businesses advertise inspection services in the local phone directory. To find safety inspection stations near you, you can also contact the Safety Division Area Office for Northern Virginia by email or by phone at 703.803.2622. The cost for a safety inspection is $16 for motor vehicles and recreation vehicles, and $12 for motorcycles.
Note: Proof of purchase does not constitute proof of display.
There is no grace period allowed after the expiration of a parking meter. Parking Enforcement Officers must cite a vehicle if the meter has expired, regardless of how much or how little time has passed since expiration.
Vehicles parked in spaces covered by the City's multi-space meters must have a meter receipt displayed on the dashboard in such a way that the date and time information is clearly visible from outside the vehicle. If a meter is broken or fails to print a receipt, the user must obtain a receipt from another meter or use ParkMobile.
If using ParkMobile, the City's mobile parking app, the vehicle operator is responsible for entering all information correctly, as well as starting and stopping the parking session at the appropriate times. If a citation is issued as the result of an error by the ParkMobile user, the citation is valid.
In 1979, the Alexandria City Council designated certain areas in the City as residential permit parking districts. Council established these parking districts because of the increased demand for parking. The residential permit parking ordinance prohibits on-street parking for more than two or three hours during varying time periods. The City's Transportation Division posts signs in each block of the parking districts describing the time limits and hours of enforcement. Vehicles displaying the appropriate parking permits are exempt from these restrictions.
Vehicle owners who live in residential parking districts can obtain residential parking permits at the Treasury Division, 301 King Street, Room 1510, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The vehicle owner must present proof of residency (e.g., copy of a lease) within the permit parking district for which he or she wishes to obtain a permit. This permit can only be obtained after registration for the personal property tax. The residential parking permit must be properly displayed on the vehicle. The residential parking permit must be replaced on or before the expiration date each year.
If a resident of a residential parking permit district has a temporary rental or loaner vehicle other than the vehicle that is registered with the City, he or she must obtain a visitor's permit for the vehicle before parking it on the street. Residents may obtain temporary permits for rental/loaner vehicles or their visitors' vehicle(s) at the Treasury Division, 301 King Street, Room 1510 during regular business hours. The "Visitor" permit is valid for a maximum of 30 days. The permit is not renewable, and no more than two "Visitor" permits will be issued to the same residence at the same time. The fee for "Visitor" permits issued for more than seven enforceable days is $5.
- No vehicle may be parked less than 15 feet from any corner.
- No vehicle may be parked less than 15 feet from a fire hydrant.
- Generally, it is illegal to park a vehicle on the City streets for more than 72 consecutive hours.
- In time restricted parking areas, a vehicle may not remain parked within the same block beyond the posted time limit. Citations can be avoided by not parking on a block beyond the permitted time.
- Commercial vehicles cannot be parked overnight in residential areas.
- It is illegal to perform repair or maintenance on a vehicle parked on the street or in a public parking lot.
- Vehicles must be parked with the right side of the vehicle parallel to the curb unless the street is designated as "one way."
- In Virginia, it is illegal to transfer ownership of a vehicle without removing the license plates.
- If a vehicle is booted, the responsibility is on the owner to resolve the issue.
- Disabled parking spaces need only be marked by signs. No marking on the pavement is required.
Parking Fines as of July 1, 2012
Ordinances are listed by title and in numerical order. To read the full text of any ordinance listed, click the link.
Title 9: Licensing and Regulation (Sight-seeing buses)
- 9-12-162 Use of locations other than designated parking spaces by sight-seeing buses: $40
- 9-12-163 Use of locations designated for use by sight-seeing buses by other vehicles: $40
- 9-12-164 Use of designated spaces by sight-seeing buses: $40
Title 10: Motor Vehicles and Traffic (Operation of Vehicles; Stopping, Standing and Parking)
- 10-3-1242 Parking in spaces reserved for persons with a disability: $500
- 10-4-1 Stopping contrary to directions of police officers: $40
- 10-4-2 Parking contrary to official sign: $40
- 10-4-3 Right to parking space: $40
- 10-4-4 Stopping on crossing or obstructing traffic: $40
- 10-4-5 Double parking: $40
- 10-4-6 Parking trucks or commercial vehicles in residential districts: $40
- 10-4-7 Parking business vehicles on streets: $40
- 10-4-8 Parking more than 72 consecutive hours: $25
- 10-4-9 Parking trailers or recreational vehicles in residential districts: $40
- 10-4-10 Parking on sidewalk: $40
- 10-4-11 Parking in alleys or courts: $40
- 10-4-12 Parking vehicles on private property: $40
- 10-4-13 Stopping for repairs: $40
- 10-4-14 Use of bus stops: $40
- 10-4-15 Stopping for loading or unloading passengers or cargo: $40
- 10-4-16 Permit for parking truck beside railroad car on public right-of-way: $40
- 10-4-17 Angle parking for loading and unloading: $40
- 10-4-18 Use of loading zones: $40
- 10-4-22 How meter and space to be used: $40
- 10-4-23 Overtime parking: $40
- 10-4-24 Depositing coin in meter to extend time beyond maximum: $40
- 10-4-25 Permitting vehicle to remain at meter after expiration of time limit: $40
- 10-4-28 Parking across lines designating parking space: $40
- 10-4-30 Interfering with parking enforcement: $40
- 10-4-33 Use of metered parking lots by vehicles other than private passenger automobiles: $40
- 10-4-34 Parking illegally in permit parking districts: $40
- 10-4-35 Parking in two-hour parking zones in the central business district: $40
- 10-4-36 Removal of chalk mark placed for enforcement purposes: $40
- 10-4-37.1 Enforcement of the Northern Virginia Local Motor Vehicle License Compact: $40
- 10-4-38 Parking without display of current state inspection sticker or current state license plate: $40
- 10-4-39 Temporary parking prohibited: $40
- 10-4-40 Location of parked vehicles: $40
- 10-4-41 Parking prohibited at certain locations: $48
- 10-4-42 Parking prohibited near fire hydrant: $48
- 10-4-44 Parking prohibited in HOV lane: $200
Penalties for Late Payment or Failure to Pay
- A late payment penalty of $25 will be added to the original fine for any citation not paid by the due date.
- After three notices have been mailed requesting payment, the City will request that the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) withhold registration renewals on any vehicle with a delinquent parking citation fine. Once a hold is in place, the vehicle owner will be required to pay the delinquent balance, plus an additional $20 administrative fee per hold, before DMV will renew their vehicle registration. Payment must be made by certified funds (cash, money order, or cashier’s check) or credit card for the stop to be removed. The stop will be removed within one business day of payment.
- The City will also authorize a collection agency to use all possible legal means to satisfy this outstanding parking citation. If an outstanding citation is referred for collection, the vehicle owner will be subject to additional collection fees amounting to 20 percent of the original amount due.
- Residents should also be aware that three delinquent citation fines could result in the immobilization of their vehicle by the Police Department.
Non-Registered Vehicles on Private Property
If you are concerned about vehicles which may not be properly registered with the City parking on a private lot you own or manage, or on private property you own or manage, please fill out the following form to allow Tag and Parking Enforcement Personnel to patrol the property. Return the completed form to the Alexandria Police Department Parking Enforcement Unit.