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Animal Rabies Vaccination Registration and Licensing

Why Register Your Animal?

  • It is required for all dogs and cats six months or older to be vaccinated for rabies and registered with Davidson County.
  • Registering your dog with the Davison County may help us locate your animal in the event he/she gets lost. The person who finds your dog simply calls our office at 615-862-7928 with your animal's tag number.
  • Registration is required to stay at many dog boarding and daycare service facilities.

Requirements for Animal Registration

Animals must have a current rabies vaccination. Get your animal vaccinated at any Nashville/Davidson County area veterinarian clinic or other licensed provider.

License Terms and Expiration

Since rabies vaccinations typically last either one or three years (depending on the vaccination administered by your animal's vet), there are 1-year ($8.00) and 3-year rabies tags ($24.00).

Term Start of the tag defaults to the vaccination date

Term End of the tag will be the Vaccination Expiration Date.

Register your animal and purchase online

Buying your rabies tag online is easy, fast, and convenient. Have your vaccination documentation ready and go to to order online. Please allow 7 to 9 business days to receive your rabies tag. If you need your rabies tag immediately, please visit 5125 Harding Place Nashville, TN 37211.

8.04.070 - License tags

Dog license tags issued pursuant to this chapter shall be supplied by the department of health, to be made available in its budget, out of the revenues of the metropolitan government. It shall be the duty of the owner to attach such license tag to a collar which shall be worn at all times by each dog licensed. In the event of the loss of such license tag, the department of health shall issue a duplicate tag, for which the owner shall pay a fee in accordance with the current fee schedule established by Section 8.04.130(A), and such duplicate tags shall be forthwith attached to the dog collar and at all times worn thereon; provided, that the collar may be removed in cases of hunting dogs while in chase or while in training. A dog tag shall not be transferable from one dog to another. No refunds shall be made on any dog license fee.

(Ord. BL2013-452 § 3, 2013; Ord. 89-995 § 2; prior code § 8-1-8)

8.04.080 - Failure to pay license fee

It is unlawful for any person or owner to keep or harbor any dog for which a license fee on such dog has not been paid as required by this chapter.