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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 each year to purchase a license.   Please provide your current physical address and phone number. (no post office boxes please)

The cost of the dog license is as follows:
Multiple year dog tags are now available.














$ 5.00







Kennel (10)




You may purchase dog licenses at the following locations:

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

Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA
3355 Berkmar Drive

Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 973-5959

Scottsville Town Administrator
Valley Street Scottsville, VA 24590
(434) 286-2511

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.

Contact the Department
Finance Department
401 McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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