All dogs four months of age or older must be licensed. Licenses are
good for one year and must be purchased by January 31st.
License Fees: The fee to purchase a dog license is $10, for all
License tags are issued free of charge for
service dogs that assist residents who are visually impaired, deaf, or
need mobility assistance.
License tags may be purchased by mail, on-line or in person, as follows:
By Mail: Send a completed copy of the Dog License Application, a check payable to the County of Fairfax, and a current certificate of rabies vaccination to the County of Fairfax, Department of Tax Administration, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax, VA 22035.
On Line (Renewals Only) - Rabies vaccination date must
be current to purchase a dog license. You will need a copy of the
Dog License Application Letter you received in the mail from the
Department of Tax Administration.
Pursuant to a competitively bid contract, the processing fee of $0.65 is a charge imposed by the County's e-commerce vendor, Govolution, for processing all electronic dog tag transactions, including e-checks. The amount is based on Govolution's cost analysis of processing such payments. The processing fee goes to Govolution, not the County. The County only receives the $10 tag fee.
The on-line payment option for dog tags is in the initial implementation stages. At this time, only one dog tag can be processed per transaction, and Govolution charges the processing fee per payment transaction. The County will continue to explore future options to allow multiple dog tags to be purchased at one time, under one processing fee, but this is not presently available. If Govolution's on-line fee is a limiting factor, payment can still be made at no additional charge by mailing a check to the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration.
In Person: Bring a completed copy of the Dog License Application, a
check payable to the County of Fairfax, and a current certificate
of rabies vaccination, to one of the following
The Department of
Tax Administration at 12000 Government Center Parkway,
Suite 223, Fairfax between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays
(8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays) or
Animal Shelter at 4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax between noon
and 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or Saturday between 10:00
a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- The Department of Tax Administration at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays (8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays) or
Those who have bought tags in prior years will
automatically receive application forms in the mail in October.
For questions regarding license fees, call
703-222-8234 [TTY: 703-222-7594].