Dog Licenses

Licensing Your Dog is the Law

According to State Law, all dogs 4 months old or older are required to display a current annual county license.

Botetourt County now offers a lifetime dog license, which is valid for the life of the dog as long as the rabies vaccination remains current*.

Dog License Application

The price for a lifetime license is $10.00.

When purchasing a dog license:

  • This application is for new residents or current residents who have not purchased a lifetime license.
  • Applications must be accompanied by a copy of the current rabies certificate.


  • The rabies certificate(s) must be valid on the day of purchase.
  • Your dog license is only good if the dog’s rabies vaccination remains up to date.
  • There is no refund should you cease ownership of the dog in any way.
  • Tag must be worn by the dog while running or roaming at large.
  • For information about animal licensing and other ordinances affecting animals, contact the Animal Control Officer, P.O. Box 18, Fincastle, VA 24090, (540) 928-2200.

To obtain a dog license, you must:

  1. Provide a certificate of current rabies vaccination
  2. Pay the $10 license fee to Botetourt County

Licenses can be purchased by following methods:


Mail a copy of the Rabies Certificate or the Application for Botetourt County Dog Tag letter along with your form of payment to the following address:

Botetourt County Treasurer’s Office
P.O. Box 100
Fincastle, VA 24090


You may purchase a dog license in person at the Treasurer’s Office (540) 928-2030

Mon. – Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Botetourt County Treasurer’s Office
57 South Center Drive (Suite 208)
Daleville, VA 24083

Lost Dog Tags:

Replacement tags can also be purchased for $1 from the Treasurer’s Office.

Dangerous Dog & Kennel Licenses:

Will still be issued annually with correct documentation from Animal Control.

Animal Resources

View the State Dangerous Dog Registry