Why do I need a dog license?

According to State Code Section 3.2-65, all dogs older than 4 months of age are required to have a current rabies vaccination and purchase a dog license from the locality in which they live. The General Assembly made this decision to help prevent the spread of rabies in Virginia.

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1. Why do I need a dog license?
2. What happens once my dog receives a vaccination?
3. What if my dog’s rabies certificate is expired?
4. Where can I purchase a dog license?