Licensing

Dogs and horses (any equine) are required to be licensed in the City of Los Angeles. Cats are not required to be licensed. License tags identify guardians of lost animals. Each license tag has a unique number assigned to your animal alone. People who find an animal with a tag need only call our telephone number printed on the tag for quick guardian identification and reunion with the lost animal. If a licensed animal is lost or taken to a shelter, LA Department of Animal Services can identify the guardian by the tag number and contact the registered animal guardian. Animals with licensing information are held in the shelters while the guardians are contacted.

All dogs over four months of age and kept within the City of Los Angeles must be licensed (LAMC 53.28) and must be spayed or neutered (LAMC 53.15.2(b)). A dog license is valid only when the required rabies vaccination certificate, issued by a licensed veterinarian, is provided to the Department and only as long as the rabies vaccination is effective. (LAMC 53.51 )

Effective February 1, 2009, the City of Los Angeles also licenses dogs for residents of the City of Beverly Hills.

License Fee Schedule (as of October 2010)
Term 1 Year
Dogs – Altered** $20
Dogs – Unaltered See Spay Neuter Law Information
Low income Seniors (62 +)/Disabled $10
Replacement Tag $3
**Altered means female animals are spayed, male animals are neutered

CERTIFICATES:
The dog guardian must provide a copy of Rabies Vaccination and Surgical Sterilization (if available). Original certificates will not be returned. PLEASE SEND A COPY.

DOG LICENSE TAGS:
Dog license tags shall be affixed to a collar or harness, and must be worn by the dog at all times when off the guardian premises.

If you find a dog with a City of Los Angeles License Tag, please telephone your local Animal Shelter (888-452-7381) for information on reuniting the lost companion animal with the guardian.

Seniors Qualifications for $10 Dog License

LOST LICENSE TAG REPLACEMENT:
Dog’s rabies certificate and license must be current. You can obtain a replacement tag for $3.00 at your local Shelter or by mailing your check to the:
Department of Animal Services
221 North Figueroa Street, Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Equine License Renew your horse license online Section 53.15.1 of the Municipal code provides for an equine license fee of $14.00 per year for each horse, pony, burro, mule, donkey or other equine 12 months or older.

License Fee Schedule (as of March 1, 2013)
Term Price
1 $14.00
2 $22.40
3 $29.40
4 $33.60
5 $35.00
LICENSE APPLICATIONS FORMS
NOTE: Before proceeding to download the License Application form below, please locate your zip code below. License Application for Spayed or Neutered Dog If you can’t locate your zip code below then please do not submit application because you are not regulated by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Animal Services. Please visit Our list of Non City Shelters to assist you in finding the appropriate regulatory agency.

*These zip codes are partially covered by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Animal Services and other regulatory Agencies. If you pay your Water and Power bill to DWP you are regulated by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Animal Services.

90001*
90010
90018
90027
90036
90045
90059*
90068
90230
90292*
90732
91303
91326
91345
91405
91602
90002*
90011
90019
90028
90037
90046*
90061*
90069*
90232*
90293
90744
91304
91330*
91352
91406
91604
90003
90012
90020
90029
90038
90047*
90062
90071
90245
90404*
90810*
91306
91331
91356
91411
91605
90004
90013
90021
90031
90039
90048*
90063*
90073
90247*
90501*
91040
91307
91335
91364
91423
91606
90005
90014
90023*
90032
90041
90049
90064
90077
90248*
90502*
91042
91311
91340*
91367
91436
91607
90006
90015
90024
90033
90042
90056*
90065
90089
90272
90710*
91043
91316
91342*
91401
91504
91608*
90007
90016
90025
90034
90043*
90057
90066
90094
90290
90717*
91214*
91324
91343
91402
91505
90211
90008
90017
90026
90035
90044*
90058*
90067
90210
90291*
90731
91302*
91325
91344
91403
91601
90212

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REGISTER YOUR DOG OR HORSE ONLINE

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Discount License for Seniors
If you’re 62 years and older and low-income, you qualify for a $10 dog license. You must provide proof that your dog is spayed/neutered and has a valid rabies vaccination certificate. This discounted license is limited to one per household.
For information on qualifying income amounts, and to apply, please complete the $10 Discount Dog License Application and mail it to:

Attention: Licensing Section (Discount License)
Department of Animal Services
221 North Figueroa Street, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Discount License for Disabled Individuals
A disabled individual may qualify for one $10 dog license. You must provide proof that your dog is spayed/neutered and has a valid rabies vaccination certificate. This discounted license is limited to one per household.
To qualify, the disabled individual must meet the definition of the California Fair Employment and Housing act or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. If you do, please complete the $10 Discount Dog License Application and mail it to:

Attention: Licensing Section (Discount License)
Department of Animal Services
221 North Figueroa Street, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Service Dog Licenses
To obtain a service dog license, you must complete the “Service Dog Identification Tag Application and Affidavit.” There is no cost for the service dog tag. However, your dog must also have a valid, current dog license at the time of issuance. Emotional support or companion animals are not eligible for service dog licenses.

Free spay/neuter services for pit bulls/pit bull mixes in Sylmar and Pacoima
Through a generous grant from the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation and the Department of Animal Services, your pit bull/pit bull mix can be sterilized for free. If you live in Zip Codes 91331 (Pacoima) or 91342 (Sylmar), contact the following veterinarians for an appointment:

  • Dr. Alexander Taub, Taub Veterinary Services 323-896-2751
  • The Lucy Pet Foundation, 855-499-LUCY
RENEW YOUR DOG OR HORSE LICENSE ONLINE

Online License Renewal Click here


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