Fairfax County dog licenses are now available through PetData.
The county entered a partnership with this company to provide dog licensing services, including:
- Processing applications and payments.
- Mailing renewal notices.
- Answering questions.
- Providing and mailing tags.
The partnership will make it easier for owners to apply and pay for annual licenses for their canine companions. For example, owners will now be able to apply online for a first-time license, unlike in the past when a paper application was required. As another benefit, fur parents also will also be able to license multiple dogs at once.
Residents who have applied for a license in the past will receive their renewal notice directly from PetData in November.
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.
It’s still possible to renew or apply for a license by mail or in person at the Fairfax County Government Center or Fairfax County Animal Shelter. Double-check the shelter's operating hours before going to apply in person, and the Fairfax Government Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Mail applications and instructions may be found on PetData’s website, and checks should be made payable to “Fairfax County.” Please do not mail cash.
License tags will be mailed 10 business days after applications and payments are accepted. There is a $1 charge for replacement tags.
For all dog licensing questions, contact PetData directly online or call 888- 556-2906, TTY 711, on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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