Skip to Content

Department of Health Services

Sonoma County Animal Services

Golden Dog sitting happy surrounded by trees

How to License Your Dog

Sonoma County Animal Services has partnered with Docupet to provide dog licenses for residents of the City of Santa Rosa and Unincorporated Sonoma County. If you do not live in these areas, please purchase your dog license from the agency that serves your community (see bottom of the page for resources for all other Sonoma County residents)

  • Licenses can be purchased and renewed online through Docupet at sonomacounty.docupet.com (fastest option)
  • OR you may complete the Licensing application below and mail it in to Docupet    (see button below to complete mail-in Licensing application)
  • If cannot complete the licensing online or by mail you may pay in person at our office 1247 Century Court in Santa Rosa
  • Standard License tags are available at no additional cost

LICENSE ONLINE WITH DOCUPET NOW MAIL IN APPLICATION (Santa Rosa) MAIL IN APPLICATION (Unincorporated)


Dog walking on sidewalk

Dog License Fees

City of Santa Rosa

Fee Type Fee  Senior Fee (62+)**
Altered Dog* $27.00 $13.50
Unaltered Dog $104.00 $104.00
Please note: Late Fees are temporarily suspended

Unincorporated Sonoma County

Fee Type Fee  Senior Fee (62+)**
Altered Dog* $28.42 $16.00
Unaltered Dog $28.42 $28.42
Please note: Late fees are temporarily suspended

*Proof of spay/neuter is required to receive the altered fee

**Proof of age is required to receive the senior citizen rate

LICENSE ONLINE WITH DOCUPET NOW MAIL IN APPLICATION (Santa Rosa) MAIL IN APPLICATION (Unincorporated)


puppy tilting head

Why License Your Pet

puppy tilting head

  • It is required for Sonoma County dogs over the 4 months and older
  • It is proof your pet has been vaccinated against rabies
  • Your dog's new DocuPet tag will be linked to a secure online profile to help them return home if lost
  • Each DocuPet tag, comes equipped with the HomeSafe™: a 24 hour hotline for Lost Pet Services 
  • Upgrade to a Designed Tag and 20% of all sales are donated to Sonoma County Animal Shelter through DocuPet’s Safe & Happy Fund!
  • Your license fee helps our animal shelter provide services to over 2,500 pets a year
  • Any pet picked up in our jurisdiction with a valid license and microchip will receive a free ride home with one of our Animal Services Officers!

Two cats sitting on a ledge

License Your Cat

  • Licensing your cat is voluntary (cat licensing is not required in Sonoma County)
  • Landlords or apartment/condo complexes may require cats to be licensed, please check with your landlord or manager for more information
  • Your cat's license shows the community that your pet is a loved member of your family

Cat License Fees

All cat licenses are a one-time fee

City of Santa Rosa

Fee Type Fee 
Altered Cat $6.50
Unaltered Cat $13.00

Unincorporated Sonoma County

Fee Type Fee 
Altered Cat $13.64
Unaltered Cat $13.64

LICENSE WITH DOCUPET NOW MAIL IN APPLICATION (Santa Rosa) MAIL IN APPLICATION (Unincorporated)


two dogs running down the street

Microchip Your Pet

two dogs running down the street

  • A microchip is a small chip (about the size of a grain of rice) that is inserted under the loose skin on the back of your pet's neck
  • This chip is barcoded and serves as permanent identification for your pet 
  • The procedure takes about 15 minutes depending on the number of customers
  • Microchips are the fastest way for your pet to get back home if ever lost
  • You can bring your pet to the shelter at 1247 Century Court in Santa Rosa to get a microchip during business hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4:30pm
  • Microchip Fees- $28.42