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All dogs in Albemarle County must have a dog license after their first rabies shot.  A puppy needs to have his or her first rabies shot at the age of 4 months.  This initial shot is usually good for one year.  Thereafter, the dog will need to have his/her shot every three years.

Albemarle County dog licenses go on sale November 1st of every year.  These license must be purchased and on your dog by January 31st of the following year.  The license must be displayed on the dogs collar at all times.

In order to obtain a dog license you will need to bring the rabies certificate from the veterinarian indicating the expiration date.  This form must be brought whenever you are buying a new license or renewing an existing license.   Please provide your current physical address and phone number. (no post office boxes please)

If your animal’s rabies vaccination is valid for more than the current year, you may be able to purchase a multi-year license. The maximum is 3 years. If the vaccination expires three years from the current year or later, you can purchase a three year license. If it expires two years from the current year, then a two year license can be purchased. Kennel licenses are limited to one year, regardless of how long the individual vaccinations are good for.

If you have any questions please call the Finance Department at (434) 296-5851 Option 4

The cost of the dog license as follows:

















Kennel (10)  $50.00    







You may purchase dog licenses at the following locations:

Albemarle County Office Building
401 McIntire Road Charlottesville
(434) 296-5851, Option 4

Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA
3355 Berkmar Drive

Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 973-5959

Scottsville Town Administrator
Valley Street Scottsville, VA 24590
(434) 286-9267

If your dog is missing call the SPCA at (434) 973-5959, or the Animal Control officer at (434) 977-9041 and file a lost dog report. (Your dog may have lost his/her collar and may be taken to the SPCA)

For more information, please contact the Department of Finance at (434) 296-5851.