All dogs and cats four months old and older are required by state and local laws to wear a rabies tag and an animal license tag on their collar. City license tags are good for one calendar year and go on sale November 1 and must be purchased by January 31. A license must also be purchased during the year if an animal becomes four months old or an owner comes into possession of an animal between January 1 and November 1. Licenses are $5 for spayed and neutered animals and $10 for unaltered animals.
Licenses can be purchased at:
Treasurer's Office - City Hall Annex
2400 Washington Ave.
Newport News, VA 23607
Treasurer's Office - Denbigh Office Annex
12912 Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, VA 23608
5843 Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, VA 23605
You must present a current rabies certificate from a veterinarian in order to apply for a license. You may not register more than four domesticated animals (dogs and/or cats) per residential unit without first receiving permission from the Department of Codes Compliance at 757-926-8861.