Weekly, the City receives information from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles about newly acquired vehicles garaged in Chesapeake.
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Yes, Chesapeake residents will be charged a City License Fee.
Yes, the City License Fee will be included as a separate item on the annual Personal Property tax bills sent by the City Treasurer.
The amount of the City License Fee has not changed. The fee is determined by the amount of the vehicle's gross weight. See Rates for Chesapeake Motor Vehicle Licenses.
The City License Fee is due on or before June 5th, or as indicated on your tax bill.
Along with the annual Personal Property taxes, the City License Fee can be paid by personal check or money order and returned to the City Treasurer by first-class mail. From your home, it can be paid online by credit card or E-check. Additionally, it can be paid in person at any one of the four Treasurer's Office locations.
If the City License Fee is not paid on time, a late-payment penalty of $10 will be added to the City License Fee.
If the City License Fee is not paid in the current year, then, according to Virginia's Attorney General, it will remain due and be collectible.
Yes, according to Virginia's Attorney General, the City Treasurer is authorized to charge the owner for outstanding City License Fees dating back three years.
You should notify the Commissioner of the Revenue's office when any of the following events occur:
Yes, the City License Fee is now included on the annual Personal Property tax bill. If, due to the PPTRA tax credit, you do not pay Personal Property taxes, you will still receive a bill for the City License Fee.
No, the City License Fee is charged to each vehicle garaged in the City of Chesapeake between January 1st and June 30th of each year. It will not be charged to any local vehicles purchased after June 30th of each year until the following year's annual Personal Property tax billing.
No, under the new ordinance, there is no refund for moving from Chesapeake or for the disposal of a vehicle. As well, there is no transfer of the City License Fee to a newly acquired vehicle.
No, active-duty military personnel who have legal residence in a state other than Virginia are exempt from the City License Fee. However, they must provide a copy of their LES (Leave & Earnings Statement) annually as proof of out-of-state residency to the Commissioner of the Revenue.
The City Council voted to adopt Filing by Exception in October 2005, which became effective in January 2006. Essentially, once you have filed a Personal Property tax return with the Commissioner of the Revenue, then you are not required to file again until there is a change in location or status.
Each December, the Treasurer mailed a decal application / vehicle registration form to each vehicle owner. The form was required to be signed and returned to the City. Using Filing by Exception, the City will continue to obtain vehicle registrations by receiving the information weekly from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles match, but the decal application / vehicle registration form will no longer be mailed. In addition to receiving vehicle registration information from the DMV weekly, a citizen may come into the office of the Commissioner and register their personal property. Effective January 2006, you will no longer be required to annually file with the City unless the location, status or ownership of your property has changed.
After the change in location or other triggering event, you should contact the Commissioner of the Revenue's office within thirty (30) days:
Any notifications received in the Treasurer's Office will be provided to the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue.