Moving to Fairfax County

What to Know When Moving to Fairfax County

February 1, 2021 | Inside Washington {Metro} | By: The Goodhart Group

Moving to Fairfax County? Congratulations! We know you will love our area just as much as we do. To help you prepare for your move, we’ve assembled this handy list of services you may need as you transition to the area. From voting to vehicle registration, we have you covered!


Fairfax County Schools

Schools. Fairfax County Public Schools is one of the nation’s largest school systems, with 198 schools and centers. Serving more than 188,000 K-12 students. FCPS is also one of the state’s largest employers, with nearly 25,000 teachers, administrators, and support staff. Use its school boundary locator to find your home school and register here.

Voting. If you’re a U.S. citizen living in Fairfax County and will be 18 by the next general election, you can register to vote! Have a valid Virginia DMV driver’s license or state ID card in order to register. For more information on voting in Fairfax County specifically, click here.

Voting in the DMVVehicle Registration. Begin the process to register a vehicle in the county for the first time or update the address on your vehicle registration here.

Lastly, be sure to register your home with 911.

County Services

Here is a complete list of the county’s cable and utility service provides.

Information on the garbage, recycling, and leaf collection can be found here. You can request a trash can here. Check out the County’s recycling guidelines as well.

Classes, indoor pools, basketball courts, ice rinks, gyms, and much more are offered at the County’s nine Rec Centers. Find your nearest one here. Also, check out Fairfax County’s great park system  as well as its seven public golf courses.Fairfax County Public Library

Fairfax County offers 23 libraries for its residents. Find your nearest branch here.

Hospitals and Healthcare

Five of Inova Health System’s seven hospitals / healthplexes are located in Fairfax County (Alexandria, Fairfax, Fair Oaks, Merrifield, Lorton, and Springfield). HCA Virginia Health System offers several Fairfax County facilities – Reston Hospital Center, Dominion Hospital (Falls Church), as well as two surgical centers (Reston and Fairfax) and two urgent care clinics (Centreville and Chantilly). Kaiser Permanente operates six medical centers in Fairfax County, including Tysons Corner Medical Center with urgent care, after-hours, and pharmacy services.

Jobs in the AreaTop DC area employers

Find out about the largest employers in the DC area. Be sure to read our related post on other things that are good to know when moving to the DC area.


Check out our web pages for some of Fairfax County’s most popular neighborhoods and towns: Great FallsMcLeanAnnandale, Centreville, City of FairfaxHerndon, Lake Barcroft, Mosaic, RestonSleepy Hollow, Springfield, Vienna, and the Alexandria section of the County.

Moving to Fairfax County? If you need help finding the right neighborhood or home in Fairfax County, please reach out. We’ve been selling local real estate for nearly 30 years and know the area better than most! We’d be delighted to help you as well.

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