Be the person your dog thinks you are. Make sure your lovable canine has a license (or a renewed license).
All dogs four months old and up must be licensed, and the deadline to get a dog license or renew one is Friday, Jan. 31. The license fee is $10 per dog and is good for one year (excluding service dogs, which receive licenses free of charge).
After we receive your information and fee, you will be mailed a license tag for your dog’s collar.
Here’s what you need to do by the deadline, including if your dog passed away this year. 🙁
Renewing A Dog License
If you are renewing your dog license, you should have received a renewal notice in the mail in November from the Department of Tax Administration. On that notice is your registration number and previous license number. You will need that information to renew your license and pay online. If you don’t have that information handy, contact the Department of Tax Administration at 703-222-8234 (TTY 711) or email us at email@example.com.
Please note: There is a service fee of 65 cents, which is a charge imposed by the county’s e-commerce vendor, for processing all electronic dog tag transactions, including e-checks.
Congrats On Your New Dog! Here’s What to Do
Here is what you need to do to get a license if you are a new dog owner:
By Mail: Send a completed copy of the Dog License Application, a check for $10 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.
In Person: Bring a completed copy of the Dog License Application, a check for $10 payable to the County of Fairfax, and a current certificate of rabies vaccination, to one of the following locations:
- The Department of Tax Administration at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or Thursdays until 6:30 p.m.
- The Animal Shelter at 4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax, Tuesday through Friday, noon to 7 p.m., or Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
No Longer Own a Dog?
Please let us know if you no longer own your licensed dog, if it passed away or is living outside the county. You can do so 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, contact the Department of Tax Administration at 703-222-8234 (TTY: 711) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More on Dogs!
Read our Dog Guide for everything you need to know about owning a dog in Fairfax County, including dog parks, fun events and tips on care.