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Department of Health Services

Sonoma County Animal Services

License Your Dog

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Your dog's license shows the community that your pet is a loved member of your family. It is also proof that your pooch has been vaccinated against rabies. Your license fee helps Sonoma County Animal Services care for over 3,000 homeless animals each year! Thank you for licensing your dog.

Throughout Sonoma County, a license is required for all dogs age 4 months and older. 

Sonoma County Animal Services provides dog licenses for residents of unincorporated Sonoma County and the City of Santa Rosa. If you do not live in these areas, please purchase your dog license from the agency that serves your community.

How to Purchase a Dog License: Unincorporated Sonoma County and Santa Rosa:

Sonoma County Animal Services has partnered with DocuPet to provide an enhanced pet licensing experience for residents. Pet licenses can now be purchased and renewed online at This new, easy-to-use online licensing service provides a quick and easy process to license your pet. You can also learn about phone and mail-in licensing options as well via

The new licensing program allows residents to select a standard license tag at no additional charge or upgrade to one of DocuPet’s colorful designer tag styles for $15. 20% of all designer tag sales are donated to Sonoma County Animal Shelter through DocuPet’s Safe&Happy Fund.

Each DocuPet tag, standard or designer, doubles as a pet’s official license and comes equipped with the HomeSafe™ 24/7 lost pet service, which relies on a dedicated full time dispatch staff and linked pet profiles to help get lost pets home quickly.

Visit to license your pet now and browse hundreds of license tag styles.

Dog License Fees

City of Santa Rosa

Fee Type Fee  Senior Fee (62+)**
Altered Dog* $27.00 $13.50
Unaltered Dog $104.00 $104.00
Please note: Late Fees are temporarily suspended

Unincorporated Sonoma County

Fee Type Fee  Senior Fee (62+)**
Altered Dog* $28.42 $16.00
Unaltered Dog $28.42 $28.42
Please note: Late fees are temporarily suspended

*Proof of spay/neuter is required to receive the altered fee

**Proof of age is required to receive the senior citizen rate

Other Dog Licensing Agencies