October 29, 2018
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Beginning Nov. 1, Chesterfield County will offer a lifetime dog license for $10 at the county Treasurer’s Office, animal shelter and at several local businesses. Licenses, which are required, are valid for the life of the dog, as long as the owner resides in the county. Annual renewals are no longer required.
Owners are required to purchase the mandatory license no later than 30 days after the dog turns 4 months old, or no later than 30 days after the owner acquires a dog 4 months or older. Licenses are not transferable to a new owner.
Getting your dog licensed protects your dog and helps your community. If your dog is lost, a license drastically improves your chances of getting your dog back. It also lets people know that your dog is up-to-date on their rabies vaccination, as licensing is only possible after they’re properly vaccinated. The license becomes void 30 days after the vaccine expires. The cost of a license is far less than the penalty for not having one. Failure to purchase a license is a Class IV misdemeanor, which can carry up to a $250 fine.
License fees also support the work of your local animal shelter, including housing and care for thousands of stray and abandoned animals each year, investigations into neglect and cruelty, emergency rescue and response, adoption, as well as community outreach and education.
Kennel fees remain the same, and kennel licenses must be renewed before Jan. 31 each year.
For more information, as well as the application and a list of businesses where dog licenses can be purchased, visit www.chesterfield.gov/doglicense.