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License Your Dog

Your dog's license shows the community that your pet is a loved member of your family. It is also proof that your pooch has been vaccinated against rabies.

Your license fee helps Sonoma County Animal Services care for over 3,000 homeless animals each year! Thank you for licensing your dog.

License Updates as of July 1, 2020

Town of Windsor: It has been a pleasure to serve the Town of Windsor for many years! As of July 1st, 2020, we pass the reins to our friends at North Bay Animal Services. If you are a Windsor resident, please contact them for all your animal services needs, including licensing:

If you live in the Town of Windsor and have a current license with us, it will be valid until it expires.

COVID-19 and rabies vaccinations: If your dog needs a current rabies vaccination and you cannot get an appointment with your veterinarian before your license invoice is due, you can pay now without it. Once you are able to get your dog vaccinated, send us a copy of your rabies certificate and we will update our records.

If you have questions, call our office Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00AM to 5:15PM.

Throughout Sonoma County, a license is required for all dogs age 4 months and older.

Sonoma County Animal Services provides dog licenses for residents of unincorporated Sonoma County and the City of Santa Rosa. If you do not live in these areas, please purchase your dog license from the agency that serves your community.

How to Purchase a Dog License: Unincorporated Sonoma County and Santa Rosa.


Use our "License me Online" service to purchase or renew your dog license.

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By Mail

Follow these steps to purchase or renew your dog license.

  1. Download and complete our dog license application form: English | Spanish (PDF 136 Kb)
  2. Print your completed application form.
  3. Mail your a) completed application form, along with b) proof of spay/neuter, if applicable, and rabies vaccination, and c) the license fee payment to:
    Sonoma County Animal Services
    1247 Century Court
    Santa Rosa, CA 95403

In Person

Purchase or renew your dog license, or order a replacement tag, in person at our shelter:

Sonoma County Animal Services
1247 Century Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Open Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 5:30 p.m.

Fees for a Dog License

Altered Dog Fees

You must provide proof of spay/neuter to receive the altered fee.

You must provide proof of age to receive the senior citizen rate.

One year license$27
Senior Citizen (62+)$13.50
Late Penalty$42/year

Unaltered Dog Fees

One year license$104 
Senior Citizen (62+)$104 
Late Penalty$42/year

Replacement License Tag Fee $6

To order a replacement tag, call the shelter at (707) 565-7100; visit us at 1247 Century Court, Santa Rosa (near the airport) Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; or mail a check for $6.00 to:
Sonoma County Animal Services
1247 Century Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

When mailing a check, please indicate which dog needs a replacement tag. Checks should be made payable to Sonoma County Animal Services.

Other Dog Licensing Agencies

City of Cloverdale
North Bay Animal Services
840 Hopper St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 762-6227

City of Healdsburg
Humane Society of Sonoma County
Army of Kindness online licensing portal
401 Grove St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 431-3386

City of Rohnert Park
Rohnert Park Animal Shelter
301 Jay Rogers Ln.
Rohnert Park CA 94928
(707) 584-1582

City of Sonoma
Sonoma Police Department
175 First St. West
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-3602

City of Cotati
Cotati Police Department
203 W. Sierra
Cotati, CA 94931
(707) 792-4611

City of Petaluma
North Bay Animal Services
840 Hopper St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 762-6227

City of Sebastopol
Sebastopol Police Department
6850 Laguna Park Way
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 829-4400

Town of Windsor
North Bay Animal Services
840 Hopper St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 762-6227

Contact Information

Business Hours
*Dispatch hours 8:00–5:30
Closed to public
Tuesday – Saturday
Adoption hours Temporarily Closed
Shelter hours 12:00 – 5:30 PM
Phones open at 9:00 AM
*Dispatch hours 8:00–5:30

*Dispatch is unable to answer financial questions. For assistance regarding licensing, billing and collection proceedings, please call during our phone hours to speak with customer relations staff.

Contact us by Phone
Sonoma County Animal Services
1247 Century Ct
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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