Dog Licensing

Certificate of Rabies Vaccination

State Law requires that all dogs four months or older must have a certificate of rabies vaccination. The vaccine shall be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture for use in that species and shall be administered by a currently licensed veterinarian. The certificate of vaccination must be signed by the veterinarian and include the veterinarian's license number and expiration date of the vaccination. Dog licenses go on sale in October for the upcoming year and county tags expire December 31st of each year. No application form is required, but you are required to furnish current rabies certificate (certificate will be returned to you with the dog tag).

Dog Tags

Dog tags must be fastened to a collar and worn by the dog. If a tag is lost or destroyed, apply for a duplicate tag immediately by presenting the original receipt to the Treasurer's Office. If you are purchasing a kennel tag you must present the certifications of vaccination for all dogs kept in the kennel. For more information about animal licensing and other ordinances affecting animals, contact the Animal Control Officer at 540-483-7440.

You may go to the Franklin County Animal Shelter with current rabies certificate to acquire your dog license or mail the below applicable fees and a copy of the necessary documents to the Treasurer's office at 1255 Franklin Street, Suite 101, Rocky Mount VA 24151.


  • Kennel: $15
  • One-Year Male/Female: $10
  • One-Year Spayed/Neutered: $4