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Licensing Information

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.
Payment Options

If you are licensing by mail, you may pay for your license with a check or money order made payable to "City of Albuquerque Animal Services".

If you have received a billing or renewal notice in the mail, you may be eligible to pay for your license online with a major credit card. A $1.95 convenience fee will be added for each transaction.

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.

Mailing Address

Please mail all required documentation, along with your check or money order payable to "City of Albuquerque Animal Services" to the address below. Please do not send cash.

City of Albuquerque Animal Licensing
C/O PetData
PO Box 141929
Irving, TX 75014-1929

Licensing Locations

Some veterinary clinics in the City of Albuquerque do accept payment for the city license at the time of rabies vaccination and will provide you with both a rabies tag and license tag. However, if you do not purchase the license when the pet is vaccinated, please purchase your pet's license through the mail or online.

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