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Animal Licenses FAQ

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<p>Frequently asked questions about animal licenses.</p>

FAQ overview

What animals must obtain a license in Newport News?

As of November 1, 2002, a City animal license is required for all dogs and cats within the city limits.

What is the cost of an animal license?

Animal license fees for the City of Newport News are as follows:

Category Cost
Sexed $10.00
Unsexed (neutered or spayed) $ 5.00
Guide dog or Aid dog No charge
Kennel $10.00 (plus $1.00 for each animal)

How long is the animal license valid?

The license is valid for one (1) year (February 1 through January 31). Animal licenses are purchased annually and expire January 31 of each year.

When is the deadline for purchasing an animal license?

The deadline for purchasing an animal license is January 31 of each year.

How old does a dog or cat have to be before you have to obtain an animal license?

A license is required when the puppy or kitten becomes four (4) months old.

What paperwork is needed to purchase an animal license?

A valid veterinarian certificate showing the expiration date of the rabies shot is needed.

How many animals can a household have?

A household may have four (4) domesticated animals (dogs or cats or combinations thereof). If you have five (5) or more domesticated animals, you must contact the Department of Codes and Compliance for permission before obtaining the animal licenses for your animals. More than fifty (50) domesticated animals cannot be kept within the City limits.

What is a dangerous animal license?

A dangerous animal license must be obtained if the animal has bitten, attacked or inflicted injury upon a person or companion animal and the courts have declared it a dangerous animal. The license fee is $50.00 per year.

What is a vicious animal?

A vicious animal is an animal that has been declared vicious by the courts. Vicious animals are not allowed within the City limits.

If I lose my animal license, how much does a replacement animal license cost?

The cost is $1.00.

Is there a fine for not purchasing an animal license?

Yes. The fine for "Failure to Obtain a License" and "Failure to Display a License" is determined by the Court. An additional court cost may be applicable.

What is the cost of an animal license for "seeing eye dogs" or hearing dogs?

There is no charge for a dog which is trained to and serves as a guide dog or aid dog for a blind or otherwise handicapped person.

Where can an animal license be purchased?

An animal license may be purchased at:

  • Treasurer's Office - 2400 Washington Avenue (Downtown)
  • Treasurer's Office - 12912 Jefferson Avenue (Denbigh)

Print the PDF version of the Animal License Request Form and fill out the information. Mail the form, a valid rabies certificate from your veterinarian, and the appropriate fee to:

City of Newport News
Marty G. Eubank, Treasurer
P.O. Box 975
Newport News, VA 23607-0975
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