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License in Person

Licensing Ordinance

All dogs 4 months of age and older must be licensed with Fairfax County and must be licensed annually.

View the complete Fairfax County ordinance

Licensing Locations

You may purchase a license in person at one of the following locations. Please bring a current rabies certificate with you.

Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223
Fairfax, VA 22035

Fairfax County Animal Shelter
4500 West Ox Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

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 dog information.
  2. Diplomat owners must provide Diplomatic ID to receive the discount.
  3. Military owners with residence outside Virginia must provide Leave and Earning Statement showing Home of Record other than Virginia.

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

License Fees

Standard License Fees 1-Year
Unaltered Dog $10.00
Spayed/Neutered Dog $10.00
Police Dog $0.00
Working Dog $0.00
Military Owner with Residence Outside Virginia $0.00
Diplomat Owner $0.00
Other Fees
Replacement Tag $1.00

Due Date

Payment for your new or renewed license is due by January 31st. If you are licensing for the first time, you must purchase a license when obtaining a dog over the age of 4 months by January 31st. Licenses are valid through December 31st each year.

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