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Licensing Ordinance

All dogs and cats 3 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies and licensed annually with the City of Albuquerque.

View the complete Albuquerque ordinance

Instructions to License Online

Ready to renew your license? You are eligible to license online if you have received a green renewal card or a blue or yellow billing card in the mail and you are not required to submit any paperwork (such as an updated rabies certificate or proof of spay/neuter if you are paying the spay/neuter fee for the first time). Please have your notice ready, and click here to begin. A $1.95 convenience fee will apply for each online transaction.

If you are not eligible for online licensing, you no longer have the reference number from your notice, or you prefer to pay by another method, click here to view your other payment options.

Required Paperwork

  1. A current rabies vaccination certificate is required if the rabies vaccination on file has expired. Please check your certificate for correct address and pet information.
  2. Your pet’s microchip number is required if it is not already on file. All dogs and cats in the City of Albuquerque are required to be microchipped.
  3. Proof of spay/neuter, such as a signed statement from a veterinarian or an invoice for services, is required for all dogs and cats. Unaltered pets must have an intact animal permit from Albuquerque Animal Care Center before they can be licensed with the City.
  4. Owners age 65 and over may receive a license at no charge, provided that the owner's age or date of birth is provided with the application.
  5. Low income pet owners should go in person to the Albuquerque Animal Care Center to provide documentation. Low income owners will need to re-qualify each year.

License Fees

Licensing Fees

1 Year

Companion Animal (dog or cat)


Senior (65+) Reduced Rate


Low Income Pet Owner


Other Fees


Replacement Tag


Proof of age, such as a copy of a driver's license or other document listing date of birth, is required to receive the senior license rate.

Low income pet owners must qualify each year to receive a no-fee license for their pets. Please go in person to Animal Services to provide documentation.

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Due Date

Payment for your license is due within 60 days of your pet’s vaccination date or prior license expiration date. A late fee of $15.00 is added if your license has not been purchased within this time.

If you are licensing for the first time, you must purchase a license within 30 days of obtaining a dog or cat over the age of 3 months or within 30 days of establishing residence in the City of Albuquerque.
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