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Licensing Ordinance

All dogs 4 months of age and older in the City of Oakland must be vaccinated for rabies, microchipped and licensed with the City. Dogs new to the city or undergoing a change of ownership must be licensed within 30 days.

For more information, please read the complete ordinance.

Mailing Address

Please mail all required paperwork, along with your check or money order payable to "Oakland Animal Services" to the address below. Please do not send cash.

Oakland Animal Shelter
Attn: Animal Licensing
1101 29th Ave
Oakland, CA  94601

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. Your dog’s microchip number is required if it is not already on file. All dogs in the City of Oakland are required to be microchipped.
  3. 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.
  4. Proof of owner’s age is required if you are applying for the reduced-rate senior license. A photocopy of any paperwork showing the owner’s age or date of birth will be accepted.

Residents of the City of Oakland may have their pet microchipped at the Oakland Animal Shelter for $10.00. No appointment is required.

Note: Please send legible copies of your paperwork and maintain a copy for your records. If you are renewing a prior license, you will receive only a receipt unless you also paid for a replacement tag during renewal.

License Fees

Dog Licensing Fees

1 Year

2 Year

3 Year

Unaltered Dog

$100.00

$175.00

$225.00

Spay/Neuter Dog

$15.00

$28.00

$40.00

Senior Discount (60+)

1 Year

2 Year

3 Year

Unaltered Dog

$75.00

$131.25

$168.50

Spay/Neuter Dog

$11.25

$21.00

$30.00

Other Fees

 

Replacement Tag

$8.00

Senior - Replacement Tag

$2.00

Transfer

$25.00

Late Fee (90 days past due)

$15.00

Late Fee (each addl month)

$15/month ($45 max)

The cost for licensing unaltered pets is higher than for licensing spayed or neutered pets in order to promote sterilization and to reduce pet overpopulation.

Note: Overpayments of $3.00 or less will be applied as a donation to Friends of the Oakland Animal Shelter (FOAS). If you would like to make a voluntary donation to FOAS, please note the amount of the donation on your paperwork and add it to your license fee.

Due Date

By ordinance, licenses are due within 90 days of your pet’s vaccination date or prior license expiration date.

A late fee of $15.00 will be added for late licenses and additional $15.00 for every additional month late up to $45.00.

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