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License in Person

Licensing Ordinance

All dogs and cats 4 months of age and older in the City of San Antonio must be licensed with San Antonio within 30 days.

View the complete San Antonio ordinance under Chapter 5: Animals

Licensing Locations

You may license your pet in person at the San Antonio Animal Shelter at 4710 State Highway 151 in San Antonio. Please bring your pet's rabies vaccination certificate with you.

Required Paperwork

  1. A copy of the pet's 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. For an animal too old to vaccinate, please submit a letter from the attending veterinarian that a rabies shot is contraindicated due to old age.

Your paperwork will not be returned to you, so please only send copies and retain the originals for your records.

License Fees

Licensing Fees




Unaltered Dog




Spayed/Neutered Dog




Unaltered or Altered Cat




Other Fees


Replacement Tag


*Licenses cannot be valid longer than the expiration of your pet's rabies vaccination, so please verify that you have at least two or three years remaining on your pet's rabies certificate before applying for a two or three-year license.

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.

Due Date

Payment for a renewal license is due by the last day of the month in which the previous license expires. 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 4 months or within 30 days of moving into City of San Antonio.

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