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:

Online: Our online web licensing system is unavailable. If you need to pay your license by credit card, please call our office at (707) 565-7100. Please note that due to high call volumes, there may be long wait times.

In Person: Unavailable at this time

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

Fees for a Dog License

Altered Dog Fees

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

  • You must provide proof of spay/neuter to receive the altered fee.
  • You must provide proof of age to receive the senior citizen rate.

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