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.
|Adopted Dogs: 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|
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 sdhumane.org/alterations.
Licensing Payment Options
License your dog online at sandiego.docupet.com
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 sandiego.docupet.com
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 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 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: https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.html
For those residing within San Diego County, but outside of our jurisdiction, please contact County of San Diego Department of Animal Services. Licensing Jurisdictions.