Dog Licenses Due Jan. 31

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Photo of a dog looking at dog licensing website.


Did you have a new four-legged companion join your family recently?

Dog licenses are due by Jan. 31, and the quickest and easiest way to apply or renew is online on the PetData website.



Every dog four months or older must be licensed yearly with Fairfax County, and licenses are valid until Dec. 31 each year.

Licenses cost $10 — except for service dogs which are given licenses for free. PetData charges a $2 service fee for credit or debit card payments.

If you are getting a license for the first time, you must provide a current rabies vaccination certificate. When renewing, proof of vaccination isn’t required unless the certificate has expired.

Residents who have applied for a license in the past should have received their renewal notice directly from PetData.

Renewal notices are sent automatically every year unless you report that you no longer have a dog or have moved out of Fairfax County.

Sample Fairfax County dog license tag.

Last year, the county entered into a partnership with PetData to provide dog licensing services, including:

  • Processing applications and payments
  • Mailing renewal notices
  • Answering questions
  • Providing and mailing tags



Licensing services are offered online, but it’s still possible to renew or apply for a license by mail or in person at the Fairfax County Government Center or at both of the Animal Shelter’s locations.

Double-check the shelter's operating hours before going to apply in person, and the Department of Tax Administration is located in Suite 223 at the Fairfax County Government Center, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.



For all dog licensing questions, contact PetData directly online or call 1-888-556-2906, TTY 711, on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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