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Library Card Eligibility

No Card Fee and No Expiration

For most customers there is no card fee and no expiration. Just verify your name and address if . . .

  • You live or own property in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, or the Towns of Herndon or Vienna,
  • You live, work, own property, or attend school in a reciprocal jurisdiction,
  • You are enrolled in a public, private, or parochial school, college or university in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, or the Towns of Herndon or Vienna,
  • You are employed in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, or the Towns of Herndon or Vienna (you will need to verify your employment).

Educator Cards—No Fee, Annual Expiration

  • Educator cards can be issued to preschool through post-secondary teacher at a public school or private school or homeschool parent or guardian within Fairfax County or the City of Fairfax
  • Educator cards expire 1 year after registration or privilege renewal date, and are removed 1 year after the expiration date if not renewed.

Corporate Cards—No Fee, Annual Expiration

  • Corporate cards may be issued to a corporation, business, school, or association located in Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, or a reciprocal jurisdiction
  • Corporate cards expire 1 year after registration or privilege renewal date and are removed 1 year after expiration date if not renewed

Non-resident Cards—$27 Annual Fee, Annual Expiration

  • A person who does not meet the eligibility requirements for a Patron or Reciprocal customer may purchase a Non-resident FCPL account for $27
  • Non-resident Cards expire 1 year after registration or privilege renewal date and are removed 3 months after privilege expiration date if not renewed.

Acceptable Documents to Verify . . .

Acceptable documents to verify name

  • Checkbook
  • Corporate ID/badge
  • Credit Card
  • Driver's license
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Military ID/badge
  • Passport
  • School ID
  • Supermarket ID

Acceptable documents to verify address.

  • Car registration
  • Checkbook
  • Contract for home
  • Driver's license
  • Letter addressed to applicant (Occupant or Resident is not acceptable)
  • Military Orders
  • Rental agreement
  • Utility bill

Acceptable documents to verify employment.

  • Corporate badge or ID with address
  • Credit union card
  • Letter addressed to applicant at business address
  • Paycheck stub
  • Wearing a Fairfax County, VA uniform

Acceptable documents to verify property ownership.

  • Assessment notice
  • Tax bill or receipt
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