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Why did I receive this notice?

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Why am I being billed when I have a current license?

There may be several reasons why you received a bill when you have a current license. We're happy to help with your account information - please fill out this form to begin the process.


When will I get my license tag?

The metal license tag is permanently assigned to your pet, and you will not receive a new tag during the renewal process unless requested. If you have lost your tag or it has become unreadable, please let us know when you mail your renewal, and a new tag will be mailed with your license registration. Otherwise, a receipt only will be mailed.

We will mail your tag or license receipt within 10 business days from the day we receive your completed license application and payment. Please allow an additional 3-5 business days to receive your tag or receipt in the mail. If we have not received correct payment or required documentation, you will be notified via mail and the processing of your license will be delayed.


How do I get a replacement tag?

You may obtain a replacement tag by sending a check or money order in the amount of $7.00 payable to "City of Newport Beach" to the mailing address below. Please do not send cash. Please include a copy of your license receipt or a note to designate the pet for which you are purchasing a replacement tag.

There is no charge for a replacement tag if you are also renewing a license for your dog and indicate that you need a replacement on the renewal form.

Newport Beach Dog Licensing
C/O PetData
PO Box 141929
Irving, TX 75014-1929

Only one license tag can be active at one time for a dog. Requests for multiple tags for the same animal cannot be fulfilled.


Can I transfer a license?

City of Newport Beach licenses cannot be transferred to a new owner or a different pet. A new license must be purchased.

Can I obtain a refund?

A refund may be available if a duplicate payment was made for your license, or the dog did not live in the City of Newport Beach at the time of licensing. To request a refund, please send your request in writing or via email to Customer Service. Be sure to include the pet's current license tag number if it is available, and as much information as possible regarding your payments.

How long is this license valid?

The term of your first license begins on date of purchase. The term for renewal licenses begins on the expiration of the prior license. All licenses expire after 1 year or when the rabies vaccination expires, whichever comes first. By state law, the license cannot be valid longer than the term of the rabies vaccination.

Where is the local animal shelter?

Newport Beach Animal Shelter
20302 Riverside Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

To report stray animals or for questions unrelated to licensing, please call 949-644-3717.


I have found a pet: what should I do?

If the pet that you have found is wearing a City of Newport Beach license tag, please enter the tag number in the tag search box above. If you need assistance, you may call our office at 1-800-509-8127.

I have lost a pet: what should I do?

If an Animal Control Officer finds your pet, and your pet is wearing a current license tag on its collar, Animal Services will contact you. If another citizen finds your pet with its license tag, they may use the tag number to contact you through our online tag search or by calling the phone number on the license tag.

If your pet has been lost, Animal Services recommends that you visit the shelter to look for your pet. The shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive in Newport Beach.


Why should I license?

The primary reason is to prevent the spreading of rabies. Rabies is a constant health threat, and rabies vaccinations are good for your pet's health. Did you know that rabies is 100% fatal for humans if not treated properly? Animal licensing helps Animal Services monitor compliance with local and state rabies vaccination laws.

Licensing also helps Animal Services identify family pets, should an animal become lost. The fees from licensing are used to care for animals and investigate complaints about stray animals, among other services. Other goals of animal licensing are to promote responsible pet ownership and to reduce the tragedies associated with lost pets and pet overpopulation.


What are the licensing requirements?

Licensing Ordinance

All dogs 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies and licensed with the City of Newport Beach within 30 days of being in the city.

View the complete City of Newport Beach ordinance

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 the City of Newport Beach.

A late fee of $2.50 is added if your license has not been renewed within 30 days of the expiration of your license, or if your pet is over 4 months old and you have been in the city more than 30 days.

License Term

The term of your first license begins on date of purchase. The term for renewal licenses begins on the expiration of the prior license. All licenses expire after 1 year or when the rabies vaccination expires, whichever comes first. By state law, the license cannot be valid longer than the term of the rabies vaccination.

Why was licensing privatized?

The City of Newport Beach chose to privatize animal licensing in 2009 to promote animal licensing, to increase the cost-effectiveness of the program, and to provide additional services to its citizens.

Who is PetData?

PetData, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, provides animal licensing services for municipalities and animal welfare agencies throughout the United States. The company, a member of the National Animal Control Association, has been in business since 1994. PetData’s goals are to increase animal licensing, to reduce animal euthanasia, to educate the community, and to help solve animal control problems.

Does PetData sell information?

We at PetData consider the privacy of our clients to be of paramount importance. PetData has never sold information or data to any third-party. PetData does not use any personally identifiable data collected for any purpose other than for those purposes as required by client contracts.

We do not respond to requests for information from non-client individuals or corporations, nor do we release information without the express written consent of our clients. PetData does not and will not share or sell client data with any other parties or make client data publicly available unless authorized by the client or required under a legal subpoena. All data belongs to our clients, and PetData serves only as a custodian for client-owned data.

Groups or individuals requesting data should contact their City or County directly as PetData will only release data to our contracted clients.

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