The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services provides dog
licensing and animal control services for the unincorporated areas of
San Diego County and the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego,
Santee, and Solana Beach.
Dog owners who reside elsewhere may
click here for a listing of organizations that provide animal
related services for other cities.
1 Yr. ~~~ 2 Yr. ~~~ 3 Yr.
$14.00 ~~ $26.00 ~~ $36.00
1 Yr. ~~~ 2 Yr. ~~~ 3 Yr.
$30.00 ~~ $52.00 ~~ $72.00
If past due, $10 late fee
How to Obtain a License
Ensure that your dog is currently vaccinated against rabies. Dog
owners are required by law to have their dogs vaccinated against
rabies by a veterinarian and licensed:
a) By the time the dog is five months of age, or
b) Within 30 days after obtaining or bringing any dog over four
months of age into this jurisdiction, and,
c) Dog owners are
required to renew the dog license before it expires
rabies vaccination must be effective through the entire
primary or first rabies vaccination is valid for one year. The second rabies
vaccination given one-year later, and subsequent (or booster) rabies
vaccinations are valid for three years. If
you are unsure of the duration of your dog´s
vaccination, please call your veterinarian or the Department of
Animal Services at (619) 767-2675.
After vaccinating a dog against rabies, the veterinarian will
present the dog owner with a Dog License Application & Rabies
To apply on line:
Go to the Online Licensing section of this website.
To apply by mail:
* Complete all information blocks on the
face of the Dog License Application & Rabies Certificate.
Retain white (back) copy for your records.
* Enclose a check
payable to the Department of Animal Services.
* Mail top
copy to: Licensing Division, 5480 Gaines Street CA 92110-2624
To apply in
* Attend a low-cost rabies vaccination and dog licensing clinic
in your neighborhood, or bring your completed Dog License
Application & Rabies Certificate to the nearest County animal
shelter during business hours. Please call (619) 767-2675 for a
24 hour recording of clinic dates, times, and locations.
County animal shelter hours and locations:
Shelter Hours and Locations
Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
*Now Open on Sundays from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm for a
90-day pilot from October 23, 2016 to January 22, 2017
Closed Mondays and Holidays
- 5480 Gaines Street, San Diego, CA 921110
- 5821 Sweetwater Road, Bonita, CA 91902
- 2481 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011
THE TOP FIVE REASONS TO LICENSE YOUR DOG
- Your dog´s license offsets the cost of caring for lost and
orphaned pets in County shelters, and helps to support animal
cruelty investigations and other community services that promote
animal and public health and safety.
- Finders of licensed dogs can access owner information 24 hours
per day, 365 days per year by telephone and website. Lost dogs that
are found wearing license tags can be quickly reunited with their
owners, while dogs lost without external identification could be
kept by their finder or brought to an animal shelter long after the
owner may have given up searching for it.
- If your licensed dog becomes lost and is found by an animal
control officer, your pet can be returned to you under our "Home
- Important information about your dog can be maintained in the
dog´s license records:
- If your dog has been implanted with internal microchip
identification, we can note the microchip number in the dog´s
license records, and contact you promptly if the dog is ever
brought to the shelter - with or without external identification.
- If your dog has a chronic medical condition, we can place a
"Medical Alert" flag in the dog´s license file and, if your
dog becomes lost and is brought to the shelter, we can contact you
and continue any necessary treatment until you can reclaim your
- If you will be away from your licensed dog while you travel,
we can place a "Vacation Alert" flag in the dog´s license
records and, if your dog becomes lost and is brought to the
shelter, we can notify you and any designated caretaker, and make
arrangements for the housing of your pet (at your expense) until
the dog can be reclaimed.
- Last but not least - It´s the law. The owner of every dog
over the age of four months is required by law to ensure his or her
pet is currently vaccinated against rabies and licensed. Dog
owners who fail to comply with rabies vaccination or licensing
requirements are subject to costly penalties.
For additional information concerning dog licensing or other
aspects of responsible pet ownership, please visit your local San diego Animal Shelter or call us at
(619) 767-2675. Thank you.