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According to State Code Section 3.2-65, all dogs older than 4 months of age are required to have a current rabies vaccination and purchase a dog license from the locality in which they live. The General Assembly made this decision to help prevent the spread of rabies in Virginia.
Whenever a vaccination occurs, the veterinarian is required to submit that documentation to your local Treasurer’s Office. If a dog license is not purchased within 90 days, our office will automatically send you a dog license application with instructions on how to purchase a license.
If your rabies certificate is expired, you will not have the option to purchase a renewal license for your dog. Please vaccinate your dog as soon as possible and then contact the Treasurer’s Office for assistance.
Dog licenses may be purchased from the City Treasurer’s Office and the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.