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San Diego Humane Society

Why License Your Dog?

It's the law. San Diego County (62.610 and 62.620) and California Health and Safety Code (121690) and the cities of Oceanside (4.17), Vista (6.07.010) and Imperial Beach (6.04.110) require 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.

Visible Tags: A dog's license tag must be securely fastened to the dog's collar or harness and worn by the dog at all times. Dog licensing is the best way to ensure your pet is identifiable, if found, and is also a visible means of ensuring that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies.

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