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If your dog is ever missing, a license tag provides a quick and accurate way of notifying you if someone else finds your pet. It also provides proof that your dog has been vaccinated against rabies, as required by law. Once your dog has been assigned a license, the number and the information about your dog is permanently filed in our records. Your dog keeps the same license tag number for life.

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  • Dog Licensing Frequently Asked Questions
    Answers to the most frequently asked questions about pet licensing in San Diego County.
  • Licensing Fees and Payment Options
    License fees are an investment in the health and safety of our pets. These small fees also assist San Diego Humane Society in providing care to stray and homeless animals and further our efforts to eliminate animal cruelty and neglect.

It's the law

California Health and Safety Code (121690) requires all dogs to be vaccinated against rabies and to obtain a license:

  • Within 30 days after reaching the age of four months, or
  • Within 30 days of acquiring the dog, or
  • Within 30 days after entering the jurisdiction.
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