A Chesterfield County resident may obtain a dog license by furnishing a certificate of rabies vaccination and paying the license tax. Residents may obtain dog licenses by mail. Please see the mailing instructions below. No license will be issued unless there is proof that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. If your dog has been spayed or neutered, please provide a certificate or invoice evidencing this to qualify for a discounted license tax.
Which Dogs must have a License?
Any dog four months of age or older must have a license. Chesterfield County dogs must be licensed annually. A license will not be issued unless there is proof the dog has been vaccinated. Dog licenses may be purchased at any of the locations listed below. The tag will be stamped or marked Chesterfield County, with the sex of the dog, the calendar year in which the tag was issued and a serial number. Dog license receipts should be kept in a safe place and should be available upon request for inspection by any animal warden. Tags should be securely fastened to a substantial collar worn by the dog. Cats are not required to be licensed.
Anyone who brings a dog or cat into the county that has not been inoculated against rabies must have the animal inoculated by a currently licensed veterinarian within 30 days from the date the animal enters the county. If the dog has a current inoculation, evidence of the inoculation must be provided to purchase a dog license.
Where do you get the license? - review a list of county businesses to find a location close to you.
How much does a license cost and when is it due?
The license tax is payable on January 1 and must be paid no later than January 31 of each year. The fees are as follows:
- Male dog $7
- Female dog $7
- Unsexed dog $5 - (must show certificate of spaying or neutering)
- Kennel-20 dogs $25
- Kennel-50 dogs $35
Obtaining a Dog License by Mail
To obtain a dog license by mail, please print and complete the attached dog license application. A sample completed form is included.
Dog License Application
Dog License Application - Sample
Send the completed license application, a copy of the rabies certificate and a check or money order payable to Treasurer, Chesterfield County to the following address. If applicable, also enclose a certificate/invoice evidencing that the dog has been spayed or neutered to qualify for the discounted license tax.
P.O. Box 70
Chesterfield, Virginia 23832
Attention: Dog Licenses
A dog license will be mailed to the address listed on the dog license application unless otherwise requested.