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Licensing Ordinance

Anyone owning a dog or cat six months of age or older in the City of Dubuque must have their pet vaccinated against rabies every one or three years. A license must be purchased annually.

Dubuque City Ordinance Online

Instructions to License Online

Ready to purchase your license? If you would like to license online, a convenience fee of $2.00 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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Required Paperwork

  1. A rabies vaccination certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian must be submitted if the rabies vaccination has expired. 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.

Please send copies of your paperwork and retain the originals for your records. Copies will not be returned with your license receipt.

License Fees

License Fees

Unaltered Dog or Cat


Altered Dog or Cat


Other Fees

Late Fee (30 days past license expiration)


Replacement Tag


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.

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Due Date

Payment for your license is due within 30 days of your pet’s rabies vaccination date or the expiration of your previous license. If you are licensing for the first time, you must purchase a license when the pet reaches 6 months of age or within 30 days of moving into the City of Dubuque or owning the pet.

A late fee of $16.00 is added to each pet not renewed within 30 days of the license expiration date. If this is your first notice to license your pet, a late fee will be added to your license fee if you have not responded within 30 days.

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