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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


  1. Carlsbad, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach
  2. Vista
  3. Oceanside
Fee Type Fee Title A B C
Dog Licenses Altered, one year license $18.00 $15.00 $15.00
Dog Licenses Altered, two year license $33.00 N/A N/A
Dog Licenses Altered, three year license $45.00 $40.00 $40.00
Dog Licenses Unaltered, one year license $36.00 $50.00 $50.00
Dog Licenses Unaltered, two year license $66.00 N/A N/A
Dog Licenses Unaltered, three year license $90.00 $100.00 $150.00
Dog Licenses Adopted Dogs: 1 time exempt $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Dog Licenses Late fee $20.00 $20.00 $20.00
Dog Licenses Transfer fee $10.00 $5.00 $5.00
Dog Licenses Tag replacement $10.00 $5.00 $5.00
Dog Licenses Change of ownership $10.00 $10.00 $10.00

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

About Pethub Online Pet Licensing

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

San Diego Humane Society is working with to help pet owners purchase pet licenses online. The pet tag you will receive also has additional features – like your pet’s identification in case they escape -- that can be activated on

License Your Pet Online Using PetHub

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.


5500 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.

Assistance Dog Identification Application

Outside Jurisdiction

For those residing within the city limits of La Mesa licenses can be obtained at La Mesa City Hall. 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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