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Late fees are waived on all licenses until June 15, 2020.

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Licensing Ordinance

All dogs 4 months of age and older who live in Jo Daviess County must have their dog vaccinated against rabies and must be licensed with Jo Daviess County within 10 days of the vaccination.

Licensed Kennels

For an Illinois department of agriculture licensed kennel, in lieu of paying individual rabies tag fee for each dog, the operator has the option of paying an annual fee of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), regardless of the number of dogs. This fee may be collected quarterly. ***Please contact the Jo Daviess County Animal Control Department directly at 1-815-776-0326 as this option is not available through PetData.***

View the complete Jo Daviess County ordinance

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 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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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. 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.

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

License Fees

Standard License Fees

1 Year

3 Year

Unaltered Dog



Spayed/Neutered Dog



Other Fees

Late Fee (30 days after due date)


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 within 30 days of the expiration of your current license. If you are licensing for the first time, you must purchase a license within 10 days of the rabies vaccination date.

A late fee is added to the license fee if your license is not purchased within 30 days of the due date. The late fee is $50.

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