Moving to Arlington?

If you're moving within Virginia

Your move is regulated by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Read Your Rights and Responsibilities Moving Within Virginia

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates your relocation if you are moving out of state or overseas.

Read Your Right and Responsibilities Moving Out of Virginia or the U.S.

Keep in mind if you’re not relocating to a new state, you should check with your state, county, or municipal consumer affairs department or state moving association to confirm local mover rules and regulations. Each state’s liability and value standards for movers may differ.

Here is our comprehensive Moving Checklist. Just print it out or take a screenshot so that you don’t forget a thing. 

    • Vehicle Registration change of address – Don’t forget to update your address. If you’re moving or just moved to Virginia, you have 60 days to obtain a Virginia driver’s license to legally drive here. If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you must obtain a Virginia CDL within 30 days to legally drive in Virginia. After you have insured and titled your vehicle, register it at any Virginia DMV customer service center within 30 days of moving to Virginia.
    • USPS change of address
    • Beginning May 3, 2023, the federal government will require you to present a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or identification card, or another acceptable form of identification, in order to board a domestic flight or enter most secure federal facilities. When you apply for your Virginia driver’s license, consider whether you need to get a Real ID compliant license.
    • Don’t forget to get a Vehicle Safety Inspection Sticker – Drivers in Virginia must pass an annual safety inspection and display a valid safety inspection sticker before operating a vehicle. If you drive your vehicle without an inspection sticker, you may be ticketed by law enforcement. A conviction for violating Virginia inspection laws could result in a fine and be posted to your driving record.
    • Meet Virginia’s Emissions Inspection Standards – If your vehicle is being registered in Virginia for the first time, you may not need to inspect it if you have a valid emissions certificate (performed in the last 12 months). But if you don’t have one, register it if it is garaged in one of the following localities.
    • The counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, or Stafford
    • The cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, or Manassas Park
  • Contact your auto insurance provider. You need to make sure it meets Virginia’s insurance requirements. If insurance is not an option, you must pay a $500 uninsured motor vehicle fee (UMV). Paying this fee does not provide insurance coverage, but it does allow you to register and operate your vehicle in Virginia for one year. If you register your vehicle in Virginia but do not cover the vehicle with liability insurance and do not pay the UMV fee, you face a $500 fine, suspension of your driver’s license and vehicle registration(s), and higher insurance premiums for the next three years. You might as well pay the $500 and save yourself the headache. 
  • Title Your Vehicle – You must title your car within 30 days after relocating to Virginia in order to register it and acquire license plates. If you have any questions about vehicle taxes, check out this FAQ
  • Obtain a Local Sticker Or Decal From Your Locality – Your locality may ask you to register your car within 30 days of your arrival. Click the link to get instructions how to do so. 
  • Check with for Utilities – Water is provided by the county, The Water Pollution Control Plant handles sewer and water – New Utilities for Water, Sewer, Refuse and Recycling are set up at 703-228-6570
  • Electricity is through Dominion Virginia Powe
  • Phone provided by
  • Cable providers include Comcast of Arlington (703-841-7700) or Verizon FIOS TV of Virginia (800-837-4966) 
  • Gas Provided by Washington Gas (703-750-1000)
  • Visit ArlingtonVA.US to register a pet or call 703-228-4000
  • Voter registration is available at any DMV office.
  • You must register with the Selective Service System if you are a male United States citizen, or a male immigrant (permanent resident alien), and you are between the ages of 18 and 25.
  • And we can’t forget those fun toll plazas (I hope you noticed my sarcasm). Make sure to get an E-Z Pass transponder to avoid needing to keep change and cash on you at all times. 
  • If you like to fish or hunt, be sure to buy a license and access permit
  • Register for Arlington Alerts (emergency and other important notifications)
  • Get involved with the local community. It’s fun to meet new people within the area. Also check this link here and take a peak at this local community organizations list
  • Register your kids for school at Fairfax County Public Schools
  • If you’re a business owner or looking into opening a business in the area, considering joining the local Chamber of Commerce. It’s a great way to network. Also check out the Chamber of Commerce business directory and Arlington Economic Development business directory. The local SBDC is a also a great place to start
  • Check out this list of government departments like the Fire Department, Police Department, courts and judicial services. It’s best to have this info now when you don’t really need it just yet, rather than waiting for an emergency to arise and not knowing where to begin. 
  • Obtain a residential zone parking permit.

Moving to Arlington Virginia?

Arlington is the second-largest principal city of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  In 2019, the county’s population was estimated to be 236,842. 

According to a 2019 U.S. Census estimate, the median income for households in the county was a little over $120k and 6% are below the poverty line. Poverty has diminished 1% in the last decade. 

Arlington has consistently had the lowest unemployment rate of any jurisdiction in Virginia. The unemployment rate in Arlington was at 1.9% in November 2021. A considerable difference from a whopping 7.2% just a few months before in June 2021.

Arlington Virginia

The selection of homes are quite diverse. If you’re looking for contemporary-styled row-type homes, then Arlington is for you. And the best part is the property values have maintained very well even during the COVID 19 pandemic.

According to PayScale, you can expect housing costs to be 134% higher than the national average when you’re living in Arlington, VA. As a result, the median home price is $810,939, while the median rent is $2,540 per month. Transportation costs, including bus fares, are also about 6% higher than the national average. It turns out that Arlington utility prices are 11% lower than the national average. 

When considering the cost of living in Arlington, you should also look at how much groceries and medical care will cost. Grocery prices are 14% higher than the national average when you live in Arlington. Although, healthcare is 2% lower than the national average.

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The safest neighborhoods in Arlington County Virginia are:

  • Country Club Hills / Marymount U
  • Rivercrest / Riverwood
  • Allencrest / Berkshire
  • Dominion Hills
  • Claremont
  • Cherrydale / Lee Heights
  • Alcova Heights
  • S George Mason Dr / 6th St S
  • South Fairlington
  • Aurora Hills


You have 3 choices for traveling by air. 

  • 6 miles away you have the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
  • 24 miles away you also have the Washington Dulles International airport 
  • And 38 miles away, the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport


Weekly collection is the norm. Place containers by the curb no sooner than 5 p.m. on the day before collection and no later than 6 a.m. on collection day. To recycle newspapers, magazines, mixed paper, bottles, and cans, place recycling containers at the curb on the same day as the garbage. Each community’s compost, yard debris, brush, and leaf recycling is collected at different times throughout the month.Check with for details.


Call 703-228-3348 to Find Your Nearest Library (Central Library)


Now that we got the boring stuff out of the way. Here is a list of some fun things to do in town::

Thomas Jefferson Community & Fitness Center

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There are two major shopping malls in Arlington VA – Pentagon City Mall and Ballston (Quarter) Mall.

The Pentagon City Mall (Fashion Center) is located on Hayes Street in South Arlington, where it shares space with the Metro Rail Station, making it extremely convenient for consumers from all over the region.

It has over 170 stores, including high-end retailers such as Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, Apple, and Rolex.

North Arlington’s Ballston Mall is located at 4238 Wilson Boulevard. Small shopping plazas may be found all over the city, including stores such as CHICO’S, Pottery Barn, BARNES & NOBLE, Crate & Barrel, ETHAN ALLEN, The Container Store, SEPHORA, and Williams-Sonoma.

You’ll be fed at a different style of diner for weeks if you walk or drive the length of Clarendon Boulevard!

Some of the Silk Way teams favorite places to eat at are:

Ambar – Eastern European cuisine with all you can eat brunch specials – Located at 2901 Wilson Blvd.

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Carlyle – Good ol’ American brasserie. If you’re looking for some great ribs or steak, then we recommend you check out Carlyle’s located at 4000 Campbell Ave. Ruthie’s All-Day – Now this is one is a favorite of Silk Way’s very own master mover, Tony. He’s always craving a fried chicken biscuit sandwich after a big move. Or if you just need a pick-me-up, try their iced espresso. I’m getting hungry just writing this. They’re located at 3411 5th St.

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In addition to the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT which is the largest single employer, other major employers in Arlington VA include:

An extension of the Amazon headquarters is moving it’s way to Arlington Virginia. Now you could imagine what that’s going to do for the county and it’s citizens. Specifically in Crystal City where they’re currently under construction.

Clarendon – a hotspot in Arlington, Virginia – sought after by the majority of people that relocate to Arlington – lots of restaurants, pubs, and nightlife – largely condominiums and townhouses focused around the Metro Rail Station – accessible to everything!

Rosslyn Arlington Virginia USA city skyline on the Potomac River.

Ballston – At the western end of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, is a major transportation hub with one of the highest concentrations of scientific research agencies in the country, including the Office of Naval Research, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Creator: Jay Westcott | Credit: Jay Westcott

Country Club Hills – Similar to its neighboring cities, it’s family oriented, larger single-family homes with well-manicured lawns. Despite the urban influences, the community stayed true to its roots in the countryside. In Arlington’s central corridor, bicycling is a popular mode of transportation to and from the Metro. Military Road, Glebe Road, and Lee Highway, as well as the G.W. Parkway, are all easily accessible.

Fairlington – The neighborhood is mostly made up of townhouse-style condominium apartments that were built in the 1940s as the Defense Homes Corporation’s largest housing project during WWII. The National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register both list Fairlington.

National Landing – Arlington’s largest walkable downtown and most vibrant live, work, play community, located just across the Potomac from Washington, D.C. National Landing residents benefit from easy access to Washington, D.C., as well as beautiful greenspace, an active arts and culture scene, the area’s largest climbing gym, and delicious restaurants and bars.National Landing is also home to Amazon’s HQ2 and Virginia Tech’s innovation campus. an area in Northern Virginia that includes parts of Arlington County’s Crystal City and Pentagon City neighborhoods, as well as the city of Alexandria’s Potomac Yard neighborhood, that has been announced as the site of, Inc.’s HQ2 headquarters project.

Arlington Ridge – Sitting between I-395 and Aurora Highlands. This neighborhood is a great place to live if you need quick access to various parts of town because of its convenient location. To the north, the Pentagon is located, to the west, the Army Navy Country Club is located, and to the south, the City of Alexandria is located. You can find colonial-style single-family homes, townhouses, and apartments. The eponymous Arlington Ridge Road, a mansion-lined boulevard with picturesque views of Washington, D.C., and the surrounding areas due to its high elevation, is the main thoroughfare. The National Register of Historic Places listing for the Hume School.

Bluemont – is one of Arlington’s larger areas. The Metro’s close proximity, walkability to retail and restaurants, and diverse housing options. The majority of residents live in single-family homes or townhouses because there are fewer apartments in this area. It’s also worth noting that Bluemont is home to some of the city’s newest homes. Some of Arlington’s best restaurants can be found in Bluemont. Just west of Ballston is a large neighborhood with many parks, bike trails, and mature trees. Among the many parks to visit are Bluemont Park, Quincy Park, and Bon Air Memorial Park.


There’s never a dull moment in Arlington. Aside from the weekly farmers’ markets, marine corp races, food festivals, county fairs, bars, and let’s not forget theaters (Arlington is home to the renowned Signature Theatre). Some major tourist attractions like Arlington Cemetery, Air Force Memorial, 911 Memorial, The Pentagon.

The Arlington National Cemetery, which houses The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, is one of Arlington’s most well-known attractions. This sprawling cemetery, located on what was once Robert E. Lee’s estate, is now the final resting place for over 400,000 members of the United States Armed Forces. It also contains the resting places of former presidents such as John F. Kennedy.

The 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon is another well-known place of reverence and one of the most iconic landmarks. This is the only area of the Pentagon where photography is permitted. The breathtaking installation pays tribute to the 184 people who died on September 11, 2001, in the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77.

And we can’t forget that Washington, DC is only a metro rail stop away! There, you will have access to all of the world’s renowned museums, as well as theater of all types and varieties at The Kennedy Center, National Theatre, Arena Stage by the waterfront, and many more.

When it comes to natural beauty, life in Arlington, VA does not disappoint. The Mt.Vernon Trail is arguably the most well-known destination for nature enthusiasts. This 18-mile walking and bicycling path follows the Potomac River from Theodore Roosevelt Island to George Washington’s Mount Vernon. If you enjoy the outdoors, Theodore Roosevelt Island Park and Gravelly Point Park are well worth a visit. They also offer lots of picnic areas to take advantage of on those bright days.

Signature Theater and the Twilight Tattoo – For entertainment, you can get tickets to one of the plays or musicals hosted at the Signature Theater in Shirlington. You can also attend Twilight Tattoo in the summer months to enjoy music and theatrical performances by the 3rd US Regiment and the US Army Band.


Arlington VA is known for its parks and bicycle paths, so if you enjoy being outside, Arlington is the place to be! There is a vast range to pick from with over 1100 acres of parks and open areas.

There are a few with playgrounds, picnic spots, basketball courts, and other sports facilities: FIND A PARK

Check out the most popular parks near Arlington VA Condominiums 


Even if you are not within walking distance of a Metro Rail Station or a Metro Bus stop, a 5- to 10-minute drive will bring you there. There is also Arlington Transit (ART), a bus system that connects communities to adjacent Metro stations.

There’s also the Zip Car-sharing service, which has drop-off and pick-up stations all across town. Bike share stations are just as common.

No matter where you reside in Arlington VA, you are never far from one of the big highways – Route 50, Route 66, or Highway 395.

However, among the multiple forms of transportation, the Metro Rail service via the Blue, Orange, Silver, and Yellow lines is the leader of the pack. Ronald Reagan National Airport is also served.

Arlington Cemetery is the Blue Line’s first station in Arlington, while Franconia-Springfield is its final stop.

The first station on the Yellow Line in Arlington is Pentagon, and the last stop is Huntington.

The Orange Line’s first stop in Arlington is Rosslyn, with the last stop being Vienna.

The Silver Line’s first stop in Arlington is Rosslyn, with the last stop being Wiehle-Reston East.


Arlington Public School system is one of the most respectable school systems in the country, having won multiple honors for many of its individual schools, many of which are “sought-after.” Among the schools are Williamsburg Middle, Arlington Science Focus, Nottingham Elementary, Jamestown Elementary, McKinley Elementary, and Yorktown High.

There are twenty-four (24) elementary schools, six (6) middle schools, and five (4) high schools.

Arlington Community High School – an alternative high school for pupils whose learning has been disrupted due to life circumstances

Langston High School Continuation Program  – providing students with flexibility in the manner and timing in which they can obtain their high school degrees

Stratford Program – A secondary school for special needs children
New Directions – designed for a small group (30-35) of students with behavioral difficulties.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and H.B. Woodlawn  – Alternative secondary programs in which students manage a large portion of their education and are not constantly supervised by adults.


Virginia Hospital Center located at 1701 N George Mason Drive is the main hospital in Arlington. It is a Mayo Clinic Core Network member and a Top 100 hospital for Patient Experience according to health ratings.

In addition, there are more than fifty hospitals across the Washington Metropolitan Area within close proximity.  Among them are Inova Alexandria Hospital, George Washington Hospital, Medstar Georgetown Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital all in Washington DC.


Real Estate Taxes in Arlington VA are due on October 5th and June 15th each year.  Properties are assessed early in the year and the values are then multiplied by the rate determined by the County Board. The current real estate tax rate in Arlington Virginia (2021) is at $1.013 per $100 of assessed property value. 

There is also a Personal Property Tax in Arlington VA.  It is levied on cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, motor homes, trailers, motor scooters, semi trailers, boats, and aircraft.


Moving insurance protects you against loss or damage to your belongings during a move. Because moving exposes your belongings to damage and theft, moving insurance coverage will assist you for any accidents that occur during the moving process.

Because there are so many different types of moves, there are also several coverage options to secure your valuables.

Types of Moving Insurance If You Hire Movers

If you employ movers, they are normally accountable for the stuff they transport. Moving firms are required by federal law to provide two types of coverage if you are moving to a distant state. The kind you choose will influence how much money you’ll get back if any of your belongings are lost or destroyed.

Complete value protection. Any mover is accountable for the whole replacement value of your lost or damaged belongings in your shipment if you have full value protection.

If any of your belongings are damaged, destroyed, or lost during the move, your mover has the choice of repairing the item, replacing it, or offering a monetary settlement for the cost of the repair or the item’s current replacement value. This form of coverage is typically more extensive but also more costly.

The cost of full value protection coverage can vary by the mover. So, depending on the deductible you select, the price can fluctuate.

Released Value Protection – This policy is provided at no additional cost, but it offers very limited protection. You can get up to 60 cents per pound for an item with released value protection. As a result, if your five-pound computer is worth $600, you will only receive $3 if it is lost or destroyed. (60 cents * 5 pounds). For more information review the Consumer Rights Handbook

Separate Liability Coverage – For an extra fee, some movers provide independent liability coverage through a third-party insurance firm. While your mover is still liable for the released value protection, which only pays up to 60 cents per pound, this extra insurance coverage will cover the remainder of the loss up to the policy limitations. Here at Silk Way Movers, we use and Baker International Insurance which you can contact them directly or you can have our moving coordinators conveniently handle everything for you.

If you decide to acquire additional moving insurance through the movers or a third-party source, make sure you have the policy terms in writing and understand what is and isn’t covered.

What Isn't Covered by Moving Insurance Policies?

Certain conditions may hinder you from making an insurance claim

  • Packing perishable, dangerous, or hazardous things without alerting your movers
  • If you decide to pack any of your own belongings to save money, it may be difficult to file a claim if the items are damaged as a result of your own packing efforts.
  • Failure to notify your mover in writing if any things are valuable. Print our High Value Inventory Sheet and jot down a list of all of your high value items and give that to your movers. 
  • Damage from natural disasters, such as a tornado
Types of Moving Insurance If You Move Yourself

If you decide to move yourself, your renters or homeowners insurance policy may cover your possessions if you’re transporting them in your vehicle or a rental car or truck. If you’re not relocating to a new state, check with your state, county, or municipal consumer affairs department or state moving organization to confirm local mover rules and regulations. Liability and valuation regulations for movers may change from state to state. Some coverage offered in third-party moving insurance policies include:

  • Natural disasters
  • Mechanical and electrical accidents
  • Mold and mildew
  • High-value items
  • Damages to pairs or sets

The coverage and exclusions of moving insurance vary by insurer. Some insurance companies, for example, offer three types of relocating insurance coverage: Total Loss, Named Perils, and All Risks. And others offer Full Replacement Moving Insurance Coverage, which evaluates coverage based on a printable inventory list you send in. Like our High Value Inventory Sheet. 

Some of these plans may not cover things in storage during a transfer, as well as high-value items like collectibles or jewels. Storage insurance or additional coverage for precious objects can be acquired in these situations.

Coverage for relocating with a rented truck depending on the package you choose, the rental company may provide coverage for you, your passengers, the truck, and the cargo if you rent a truck. Some of the coverage types found in these policies include:

  • Damage waiver for accident damage to the truck
  • Cargo protection
  • Medical and life insurance for you and passengers in the truck cab
  • Supplemental liability coverage for accidents you cause
  • Insurance for towing devices on the truck

How Much Does Moving Insurance Cost?

The cost of moving insurance is determined by a variety of factors, including the value of your belongings and the type of coverage you choose. It’s usually included in your moving agreement if you pick basic coverage or released value protection from your mover. You may anticipate to spend roughly 1% of the entire estimated value of your personal things if you choose full value protection moving insurance.

The cost of switching insurance from a third-party insurer might range from 1% to 5% of your estimated worth. As a result, based on the preceding estimate, coverage would cost between $180 and $900.

Do You Need Moving Insurance?

Moving insurance coverage may be worthwhile depending on the value of your goods and the distance you’re relocating to. Let’s say you’re moving from Virginia to Maryland in the middle of hurricane season. In that situation, the possibilities of weather damage to your belongings are higher; a moving insurance coverage may provide you with peace of mind. But if you’re moving down the street, on the other hand, you might not be as concerned.


If your belongings are damaged or misplaced, or if something else goes wrong during your relocation, you can take the following steps:

  1. Contact the moving company for a claim form. If you’re a Silk Way Movers customer, you can find it on our website’s Resources page.
    1. Claims should be filed as soon as possible after delivery, but no later than 30 days thereafter.
    2. Damaged items, as well as the packaging materials used to protect them, should not be thrown away since damage documentation will be required.
  2. Contact Arlington County Consumer Affairs for advice if the moving company is not helpful.

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Here are just a few of the neighborhoods Silk Way serves in Arlington Virginia:


  • Alcova Heights
  • Arlington Forest
  • Arlington Heights
  • Arlington Ridge
  • Arlington View / Johnson’s Hill
  • Ashton Heights
  • Aurora Highlands
  • Aurora Hills
  • Ballston
  • Barcroft
  • Bellevue Forest
  • Bluemont
  • Bon Air
  • Boulevard Manor
  • Brandon Village
  • Broyhill Heights
  • Buckingham
  • Carlin Springs
  • Clarendon
  • Columbia Forest
  • Columbia Heights
  • Country Club Hills
  • Courthouse
  • Crescent Hills
  • Crystal City
  • Crystal Gateway
  • Dominion Hills
  • Donaldson Run
  • Douglas Park
  • East Falls Church
  • Fairlington
  • Forest Glen
  • Forest Hills
  • Fort Myer Heights
  • Glencarlyn
  • Garden City
  • Cherrydale
  • Gates of Ballston
  • Greenbrier
  • High View Park / Halls Hill
  • Jackson Court
  • Lacey Forest
  • Lauderdale
  • Lee Heights
  • Lyon Park
  • Madison Manor
  • Maywood
  • New Dover
  • Nauck (Green Valley A.K.A. The Valley)
  • Old Glebe
  • Overlee Knolls
  • Palisades
  • Pentagon City
  • Penrose
  • Claremont
  • Prospect House
  • Radnor
  • Randolph Square
  • Rivercrest
  • Rosslyn
  • Shirlington
  • Station Square
  • Tara
  • Virginia Square
  • Waycroft-Woodlawn
  • Waverly Hills
  • Westmont
  • Westover
  • Willet Heights
  • Williamsburg
  • Williamsburg Circle
  • Williamsburg Village
  • Yorktown


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