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License By Mail

Licensing Ordinance

All dogs and cats 4 months of age and older must be licensed with the City of Alexandria, Virginia within 30 days of being in the city.

View the complete Alexandria ordinance:

City of Alexandria Ordinance

Mailing Address

To license by mail:

  1. Enclose copies of all required paperwork. The license application below may be downloaded and included, but it is not required.
  2. Determine the correct license fee for each of your pets.
  3. Make your check or money order payable to "City of Alexandria." Please do not send cash.
  4. Mail your paperwork and payment to:
  5. City of Alexandria Animal Licensing
    c/o PetData
    PO Box 141929
    Irving, TX 75014-1929

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. Proof of age is required to receive the discounted fees for senior citizens age 65 and over.

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

License Fees

Standard Licensing Fees 1-Year   Multi-Year
Unaltered Dog $30.00   $75.00
Spayed/Neutered Dog $10.00   $25.00
Unaltered Cat $10.00   $25.00
Spayed/Neutered Cat $2.00   $5.00
Senior citizens age 65 or over  
Unaltered Dog $25.00   $60.00
Spayed/Neutered Dog $5.00   $10.00
Unaltered Cat $10.00   $25.00
Spayed/Neutered Cat $2.00   $5.00
Other Fees  
Replacement Tag $1.00

Licenses expire at the end of the month in which the pet's rabies vaccination expires, so please verify that you have at least two or three years remaining on your pet's rabies certificate before applying for a multi-year license.

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

Due Date

Payment for your license is due within 10 days of the expiration of your current license. If you are licensing for the first time, you must purchase a license within 30 days of obtaining a pet over the age of 4 months or within 30 days of moving into Alexandria.

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