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Licensing Information

License Fees

Standard License Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

3rd Year

Unaltered Dog or Cat




Spayed/Neutered Dog




Spayed/Neutered Cat




Service Dog




You have the option of purchasing a 1, 2, or 3 year license that runs concurrently with your dog's or cat's rabies vaccination. Your initial license fee is retroactive to your pet's rabies vaccination date, regardless of the licensing option you choose. No license will be issued that exceeds the date of rabies expiration.

The cost for licensing unaltered or fertile pets is higher than for licensing spayed or neutered pets in order to promote sterilization and to reduce pet overpopulation and starvation.

Due Date

The license tax on dogs and cats shall be due and payable as follows:

  1. When a dog or cat becomes four (4) months of age and receives its first rabies vaccination.
  2. When a dog or cat receives a subsequent rabies vaccination.
  3. Within thirty (30) days from the day a person brings a dog or cat into the city from another jurisdiction, if such dog or cat is to be kept in the city more than thirty (30) days.

Payment Options

You may license by mail and pay for your license with a check or money order made payable to "Virginia Beach Animal Licensing."

You may license online and pay for your license with a major credit card. A convenience fee will apply per transaction.

You may license in person at one of the City of Virginia Beach Treasurer's Office locations or at participating veterinary clinics. Please bring a copy of your pet's current rabies certificate and proof of spay/neuter.

Required Paperwork
  1. A current rabies vaccination certificate is required if the rabies vaccination on file has expired. Please check your certificate for correct address and pet information.
  2. Proof of spay/neuter, such as a signed statement from a veterinarian or an invoice for services is required if the pet has been altered since the last licensing period and you are applying for the lower spayed/neutered license fee.
  3. A service dog affidavit is required for the free service dog license. The affidavit is available for download as a PDF file or as a text file for users of text-to-voice programs. If licensing by mail, the affidavit must be notarized and sealed by a notary public.

Your paperwork will not be returned to you, so please retain a copy of your documents for your records.

Mailing Address

Please mail all required documentation, along with your check or money order payable to "Virginia Beach Animal Licensing" to the address below. Please do not send cash.

Virginia Beach Animal Licensing
C/O PetData
PO Box 141929
Irving, TX 75014-1929

Licensing Locations

You may license your pet in person at one of the four treasurer's offices or at participating veterinary clinics.

Please bring your pet's current rabies vaccination certificate and proof of spay/neuter (if applicable) with you.

Treasurer's Offices

  • Main Office: Municipal Center Building 1, 1st Floor, 2401 Courthouse Drive, 23456
  • Beach Office: 420 Birdneck Circle, 23451
  • Pembroke Office: 281 Independence Blvd. Suite 102, 23462
  • Kempsville Office: Fairfield Shopping Plaza 5340 Fairfield Shopping Center, 23464

Participating Veterinary Clinics

Abbey Animal Hospital *Current Clients Only*
1949 Lynnhaven Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Bay Beach Veterinary Medical Clinic *Current Clients Only*
4340 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Owl Creek Veterinary Hospital
587 S Birdneck
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Pet Care Veterinary Hospital *Current Clients Only*
5201A Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Pet Clinic at Woods Corner
1910 Kempsville Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Virginia Beach SPCA
3040 Holland Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

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