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Licensing Ordinance

All dogs 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies and licensed with Culver City within 30 days of being in the city. Cats and potbellied pigs may be licensed on a voluntary basis.

View the complete Culver City 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

Required Paperwork for Licensing

  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. Proof of spay/neuter, such as a signed statement from a veterinarian or an invoice for services is required if the pet has been altered since the last licensing period and you are applying for the lower spayed/neutered license fee.
  3. The dog’s microchip number if not already on file.

Paperwork will not be returned, so please retain a copy of your documents for your records.

How long does the licensing process take?

Required Documentation for an Unaltered Dog

  1. Health Exemption: Please submit written confirmation from a licensed veterinarian that the dog is unable to be spayed or neutered without a high likelihood of serious bodily harm or death due to age or infirmity.
  2. Law Enforcement Dog Exemption: Please submit the name of the agency for which the dog is actively being used.
  3. Service Dog Exemption: Please submit documentation of either the training agency or a registry for the service animal.
  4. Competition Dog Exemption: A Competition Dog is a dog which is used to show, to compete or to breed, which is of a breed recognized by and registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC), United Kennel Club (UKC), American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA) or other approved breed registries. The dog or owner must also meet ONE of the following requirements:
    1. The dog has competed in at least one dog show or sporting competition sanctioned by a national registry or approved by the department within the last 365 days; or
    2. The dog has earned a conformation, obedience, agility, carting, herding, protection, rally, sporting, working or other title from a purebred dog registry referenced above or other registry or dog sport association approved by the department; or
    3. The owner or custodian of the dog is a member of a department approved purebred dog breed clubs, which maintains and enforces a code of ethics for dog breeding that includes restrictions from breeding dogs with genetic defects and life threatening health problems that commonly threaten the breed.

If applying for the low-income reduced rate license, see attached application for documentation requirements.



PDF  Download Fee Exemption Application (PDF format)


License Fees

Licensing Fees

1 Year

Spayed/Neutered Dog $25.00
Unaltered Dog (Spay/Neuter Exemption Required)* $50.00

All dogs must be spayed or neutered. Exemptions from this requirement are available only for health reasons, for law enforcement or service dogs, and for qualifying competition dogs. Documentation is required.

Voluntary Spayed/Neutered Cat $10.00
Voluntary Unaltered Cat (Spay/Neuter Exemption Required)* $20.00

Other Fees


Late Fee (Dogs Only) $25.00
Replacement Tag $7.00

For information about license fee exemptions for low income pet owners, please click here.

*Culver City has adopted LA County’s Spay/Neuter Ordinance which requires all residents to have their dogs spayed or neutered and have an identification microchip implanted in each dog. This ordinance was passed to promote and protect public safety from the threats presented by stray dogs, as well as to reduce the number of dogs flooding our animal shelters that are subsequently euthanized.

Exemptions from the spay/neuter requirement may be requested if alteration would pose a danger to the dog’s health due to age or infirmity, if the dog is being used by a law enforcement agency, if the dog is a service animal assisting a disabled person, or if the dog is a qualifying competition dog. Please see Required Paperwork for information about how to request an unaltered dog license for one of these cases.

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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 within 30 days of obtaining a dog over the age of 4 months or within 30 days of establishing residence in Culver City.

A late fee of $25 will be added to licenses not renewed by the first of the month following their prior license expiration and to new licenses not purchased within 30 days of dog ownership or residency in Culver City.

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