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All dogs in Albemarle County must have a dog license after their first rabies shot. The license must be displayed on the dog’s collar at all times.

Albemarle County dog license renewal deadline is January 31. Dog licenses go on sale November 1 of every year.  

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 their shot every three years.


In order to obtain a dog license, you will need to bring the rabies certificate from the veterinarian indicating the expiration date and provide your current physical address and phone number. The rabies certificate must be brought whenever you are buying a new license or renewing an existing license.


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.


The cost of the dog license is:


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Dog licenses can be purchased at the following locations:


Albemarle County Office Building

401 McIntire Road


(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

Dangerous Dogs Information  

If the court finds a dog to be a dangerous dog, the dog owner must obtain a dangerous dog registration certificate within 30 days after the finding. The cost of a dangerous dog registration certificate for initial registration is $150.00.The owner must update and renew a dangerous dog registration certificate by January 31 of each year, until the dangerous dog is deceased. The annual renewal fee is $85. The dog’s owner must provide the dog’s current rabies vaccination in order to obtain an initial and renewal certificate. 

Dangerous dog owners must ensure that:
- The dog is confined in a proper enclosure inside the owner’s residence or is muzzled and confined in the owner’s fenced-in yard until the proper enclosure is constructed.
- The dog has been permanently identified by means of electronic implantation.
- The owner’s residence is posted with clearly visible signs warning both minors and adults of the presence of a dangerous dog on the property.
- The owner has liability insurance coverage, to the value of at least $100,000.00 that covers dog bites. The owner may obtain and maintain a bond in surety, in lieu of liability insurance, to the value of at least $100,000.00.
- The owner has affixed the tag to the dog’s collar and ensured that the dog wears the collar and tag at all times.
Dangerous dog registration information is posted on the Virginia Dangerous Dogs Registry. 

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 have been taken to the SPCA).

Code of Virginia §3.2-6529 requires veterinarians to report to the Treasurer of the locality in which the veterinarian practices medicine all rabies vaccinations administered to dogs. Those vaccination records are reconciled with the County’s animal license records to determine which vaccinated dogs remain unlicensed.  

Failure to comply with the license requirement is a Class 4 misdemeanor.

For more information, please contact the Department of Finance at (434) 296-5851 option 4.