Military Personal Property & Local Vehicle Registration Exemption

Active-duty military personnel with a legal residence other than Virginia are exempt from the Local Vehicle Registration (LVR) fee and the personal property tax as allowed by United States Code, Title 50, Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act of 1940. 

Active-duty military members living in Virginia Beach with a legal residence other than Virginia are required to provide the Virginia Beach Commissioner of the Revenue a copy of a current leave and earnings statement (LES) to receive the exemption for both the LVR fee and the personal property tax on the vehicle(s).

The Military Spouse's Residency Relief Act amended the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act of 1940 on November 11, 2009, by extending the exemption to active duty military members' spouses if (i) the service member is present in Virginia in compliance with military orders; (ii) the spouse is in Virginia solely to be with the servicemember; and (iii) the spouse maintains legal residency in another state that is the same as the active-duty military member's. An additional amendment was issued on December 31, 2018. This amendment allows the military spouse to elect the same legal residence as the servicemember at any time. 

Effective January 1, 2019, vehicles co-owned with the active-duty military member or solely owned by the member's spouse may apply for the exemption by completing a Military Spouse Attestation and submitting it with the military member's LES to qualify for the exemption.
Owners of previously exempted vehicles are sent reminder letters to re-qualify in October. The Personal Property Taxpayers Taxpayers Division of the Commissioner of the Revenue's office identifies exemptions in November and is required to re-qualify all exemptions each year.

You may provide the Personal Property Taxpayers Division a current LES and/or spouse attestation by:
Emailing a copy to corles@vbgov.com
Faxing a copy to (757) 427-1802
Mailing a copy to Philip J. Kellam, Commissioner of the Revenue, Attn: Personal Property Taxpayers, 2401 Courthouse Drive., Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23456.

Please include a daytime phone number and the driver's license number of the registered owner(s) with the attestation and/or LES. 

For your convenience, you may deposit the requested documents in the Commissioner of the Revenue's dropbox on Courthouse Drive across from City Hall.


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