Did you get a pandemic pooch this past year? Then you should know that every dog four months or older must be licensed with Fairfax County.
Get your annual dog license or renew it by Tuesday, Feb. 1. The fee is $10 per dog, except for service dogs which are given licenses for free.
After you submit your license application or renewal, you’ll be mailed a tag for your dog’s collar.
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.
Here’s what you need to do by the Feb. 1 deadline, including if you no longer own a dog, your beloved companion passed away or you moved out of Fairfax County.
Renewing a Dog License
You should have received a renewal notice in the mail in November from the Department of Tax Administration.
You can renew and pay online. There is a third-party service fee for e-check, credit and debit card payments online.
Check your renewal notice to find your dog’s registration number and previous license number which you’ll need to renew online. If you don’t have this information handy or didn’t get a renewal notice, contact the Department of Tax Administration at 703-222-8234, TTY 711, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by email.
Licensing a Dog for the First Time
Here’s how to get a license if you’re a new dog owner.
Fill out a short application for each dog to be licensed and return it by mail or in person.
Mail back the form and rabies certificate to the Department of Tax Administration, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax, VA 22035. Be sure to include a check for $10 payable to the “County of Fairfax.” (No cash payments accepted by mail.)
Or bring in the completed form and rabies certificate in person to the Department of Tax Administration at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax, on Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Applications also may be returned in person at the Animal Shelter at 4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
until Jan. 30.
If you’re applying for a license in person, you may pay with cash, check, or credit or debit card.
No Longer Own a Dog or Moved From Fairfax County?
Please let us know if you no longer own your licensed dog, it passed away or is living outside the county.
You can notify us online, but you will need your registration number and previous license number that was sent to you in November.
If you don’t have that information or prefer to tell us by phone or in writing, contact the Department of Tax Administration at 703-222-8234, TTY 711, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays or by email.
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