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Licensing Ordinance

Anyone owning a dog, cat, or ferret four months of age or older in Hernando County must have their pet vaccinated against rabies either annually or tri-annually and purchase a license. Wolf hybrids must be licensed annually on a calendar-year basis. The license tag must be worn on the pet’s collar whenever the pet is outside.

View the complete Hernando County ordinance

Instructions to License Online

Ready to purchase your license? If you would like to license online, a convenience fee of $1.95 will apply for each transaction. Any required documents, such as your pet's current rabies certificate, may be scanned and uploaded or submitted later by fax, mail or email. The license will be issued after all required documents are received.

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If 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. Please include a spay/neuter certificate if the pet has been altered since the last licensing period.

Your paperwork will not be returned to you, so please retain a copy of your documents for your records.

License Fees

Dog/Cat Licensing Fees

1 Year


3 Year

Unaltered Pet




Spayed/Neutered Pet




Other Licensing Fees

1 Year


3 Year





Wolf Hybrid




Other Fees


Replacement Tag


Licenses may be purchased for 1 or 3 years as long as the rabies vaccination is valid for the same period. Rabies laws state that the license term cannot exceed the rabies expiration date.

Please consider making a voluntary donation to benefit the animals in the care of the Hernando County Animal Services. Thank you.

The cost for licensing unaltered or fertile pets is higher than for licensing spayed or neutered pets in order to promote sterilization and to reduce pet overpopulation and starvation.

Due Date

Payment for your license is due within 30 days of the expiration of your current license. If you are licensing for the first time, you must purchase a license when the pet reaches 4 months of age.

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