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Licensing Ordinance

All dogs 4 months of age and older must be licensed with the City of Santa Ana within 15 days of being in the city.

View the complete Santa Ana 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 and spay/neuter 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 or will be expiring soon. 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.
  3. Proof of age, such as a copy of your driver’s license, state ID card, passport or matricula consular, is required to receive the discounted fees for senior citizens age 65 and over.

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
Unaltered Dog $159.00
Spayed/Neutered Dog $28.00
Puppy age 4-6 months $28.00
Senior citizens age 65 and over 1-Year
Spayed/Neutered Dog $14.00
Other Fees
Penalty Fee $48.00
Replacement Tag $9.00

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 upon expiration of your current license. If you are licensing for the first time, you must purchase a license within 15 days of obtaining a pet over the age of 4 months or within 15 days of moving into Santa Ana.

A penalty fee is added to the license fee if your license is not purchased or renewed by the due date. The penalty fee is $48 and accumulates annually. To avoid the assessment of a $48 penalty fee, please remit the payment and/or rabies certificate, if required, by the due date. A penalty fee may be assessed for the following reasons: late payment, revaccination of the dog after the rabies expiration date, or failure to provide the rabies vaccination certificate.

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