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City or County Parking Stickers


County or City Parking Stickers: Some county and city jurisdictions require motor vehicles that are normally parked or garaged in their jurisdiction to display valid city/county stickers or decals, regardless of whether the vehicle has a diplomatic license plate. Members of the foreign mission community are responsible for obtaining such stickers, although an exemption may be available if the charge for obtaining the sticker is considered a tax. Please contact OFM with questions or concerns about these requirements.

Residents of the District of Columbia: All streets that are zoned for a Residential Parking Permit (RPP), as indicated by a two-hour residential restriction sign on that block in the District of Columbia must display a RPP to park vehicles without restriction. Police officers may ticket motor vehicles that do not display current stickers. RPPs can be obtained at the DC Department of Motor Vehicles by presenting a copy of the Department of State’s vehicle registration card, pay the applicable parking permit fee and proof of residency. Visit their website at http://DMV.DC.gov for further information and the location of the DMV Service Centers.

Residents of Virginia: The following Virginia cities or counties currently require all persons who normally park or garage their motor vehicles in those jurisdictions to display a valid City/County decal: City of Alexandria, Arlington County, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, Town of Herndon, and Loudoun County. These jurisdictions normally charge a fee for obtaining the decal (in addition to any personal property tax), which some jurisdictions have agreed to exempt or reduce for accredited foreign mission members. Please visit http://www.state.gov/ofm/tax/vehicle/decals/index.htm for procedures for obtaining a City/County decal in these jurisdictions, and for instructions on how to obtain an exemption in some cases.


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