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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

Instructions to License Online

Ready to purchase your license? If you would like to license online, a convenience fee of $2.00 will apply for each transaction. Any required documents, such as your dog’s rabies vaccination certificate, may be scanned and uploaded or submitted later by fax, mail or email. The license will be issued after all required documents are received.

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If you prefer to pay by another method, click here to view your other payment options.

Required Paperwork

  1. A current rabies vaccination certificate is required if the vaccination on file has expired. Rabies vaccination certificates must not expire prior to the start of the new tag year on January 1st and must be current as of the date of licensing. 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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