Dog Licenses

If you’re an Arlington resident and your dog is at least six months old, you must license your dog, per the Arlington County Code. Also, you must vaccinate any dog older than four months against rabies, per Virginia Code § 3.2-6521.   Arlington County does require residents to license service dogs but there is no fee for service dogs.

If you no longer own a dog that had a registered County dog license, email our Customer Service team or call 703-228-4000.

As of July 1, 2019:  Lifetime Dog Licenses!

As of July 1, 2019, new and renewed dog licenses will be valid for the life of your pet and will not need to be renewed as long as you maintain your pet’s active rabies vaccination.  The cost of a lifetime dog license is $30.00.   Apply for a lifetime license by completing this application(PDF, 86KB) and submitting it by mail, in person, or online (renewals only).  If you already have a 1-year or a 3-year license for your dog, it will remain valid until its expiration date, after which you can obtain a lifetime license.


Send your completed application a current rabies vaccination certificate, and a $30.00 check payable to “Treasurer, Arlington County” to:

Office of the Treasurer
Operations Division
2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 201
Arlington, VA 22201

In Person

Bring your completed application(PDF, 86KB) and a current rabies vaccination certificate to:

Office of the Treasurer
2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 215
Arlington, VA 22201
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

You can pay by cash, check, money order, debit card, or credit card. Credit card payments are subject to a convenience fee, charged directly to you by our service provider.

Online (Renewals Only)

Go to Arlington County’s Customer Assessment and Payment Portal (CAPP) to renew your dog licenses.

You also can get a dog license application from any Arlington veterinarian’s office or at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

Rabies Clinics

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington sponsors regular rabies clinics. For more information, go to Low-Cost Rabies and Microchip Clinics or call 703-931-9241.