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Licensing Ordinance

All dogs 4 months of age and older and residing in the City of Hawthorne are required to have a current rabies vaccination and be licensed annually with the City of Hawthorne.

View the complete City of Hawthorne 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 vaccination 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 current rabies vaccination certificate is required if the rabies vaccination on file has expired. Please check your certificate for correct address and pet information. NOTE: The rabies vaccination must remain current throughout the term of the license. If it will expire before June 30th, a new certificate must be submitted within 15 days of the vaccination expiration date in order to maintain a current and valid license.
  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. Proof of age is required to receive the discounted fee for senior citizens age 62 and over. Proof of age is a valid driver’s license or other government issued document with the date of birth listed.

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

License Fees

Standard License Fees

Unaltered Dog


Spayed/Neutered Dog


Senior Citizens Age 65 and Over with Altered Dog


Other Fees

Late Fee (per month up to $30 per pet)


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.

Due Date

Payment for your license is due on or before June 30th.

A late fee is added to the license fee if your license is not purchased by June 30th. The late fee is $5 per month, beginning on July 1st. An additional $5.00 will be added on the first of each month that the license remains unpaid, up to a maximum of $30.

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