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San Diego Humane Society

Licensing Fees and Payment Options

Dog License Fees 

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. If your city is not listed, please click here for information on where to purchase your dog license. More information about licensing in our Jurisdiction can be found here

Fee Title Fee
Adopted Dogs from San Diego Humane Society: 1 time exempt $0
Altered, one year license $20
Altered, two year license $35
Altered, three year license $50
Unaltered, one year license $50
Unaltered, two year license $90
Unaltered, three year license $140
Change of ownership $15
Late fee $25
Transfer fee $15
Tag replacement $15

Dog license fees are non-refundable. 

Late Fees: Failure to obtain a license, or to renew the license by the expiration date will result in a late fee.
Alteration (Spay/Neuter): Dog licenses for unaltered dogs are charged at a higher rate. For a list of low-cost spay or neuter services in San Diego please visit

Licensing Payment Options


License your dog online at

Please note: Special Licenses (rabies exemptions, Assistance Dog, PN/DD/V dog license) cannot be processed via DocuPet and will need to be processed via mail or in-person.

About DocuPet Online Pet Licensing

Residents of Carlsbad, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, La Mesa, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista can purchase a dog license online at


San Diego Humane Society has partnered with DocuPet to provide residents with a simple online solution for pet registration. Not only does your pet's DocuPet tag act as their official pet license in the communities that San Diego Humane Society serves, but it also comes equipped with the free HomeSafe™ 24/7 lost pet service. Your pet's tag links to their very own comprehensive online profile via a unique code on the back of their tag.

License Your Pet Online Using DocuPet

In Person

License your dog in person at one of these three locations:

San Diego Campus: 5480 Gaines St., San Diego, CA 92110
El Cajon Campus: 1373 N. Marshall Ave. El Cajon, CA 92020
Escondido Campus: 3500 Burnet Drive, Escondido, CA 92027
Oceanside Campus: 2905 San Luis Rey Road, Oceanside, CA 92058

Licensing Application En Español

By Mail

License your dog by mail.


5480 Gaines St.
San Diego, CA 92110

Please make checks out to San Diego Humane Society.

Licensing Application En Español

Licensing Service Dogs

Service dogs must maintain a current rabies vaccine and license, but the owner is usually exempt from paying for the license.
For more information about service dogs, click here.

Please note: An Emotional Support Dog is not considered a Service Dog by the ADA- please see the following link for clarification:

Outside Jurisdiction

For those residing within San Diego County, but outside of our jurisdiction, please contact County of San Diego Department of Animal Services. Licensing Jurisdictions.

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