Arlington County VA

Arlington requires that all security alarm systems be registered with the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD). This does not include fire or car alarm systems. If you are a tenant in a multitenant residential or commercial building, you must register independently. You will not be covered by the building’s ownership.

Where to Obtain a Registration Form:

There are several ways that you can go about registering your alarm system with the ACPD:

1. If you have an alarm company install your system for you, you may request the required information from them at the time of installation.

2. If you do not have a company to refer to, you may register your alarm system with the ACPD online. There you may fill out the required information and pay a fee if required.


There is no fee for registering a residential alarm system. If you are registering for a commercial system you must pay a one-time, nonrefundable $30.00 fee.

If you are the owner or property manager of an apartment complex and you provide alarm systems to residents, you are required to file a separate registration for each individual unit. The cost for each unit should be $1. For more information regarding fees, please see the False Alarm Enforcement Office at the ACPD’s website:

Penalties for False Alarms:

  • (1st) FREE
  • (2nd) FREE
  • (3rd) $100.00
  • (4th) $150.00
  • (5th) $200.00
  • Up to $500 each for the 9th or more

You can make payments by cash, check, money order, and most major credit or debit cards. If paying by card you must appear in person at the ACPD’s Record’s Management Section.

Please note, these fees apply only if false alarm activation results in dispatched police arriving on-site to your location.

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