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Licensing Ordinance

All dogs must be vaccinated against rabies and licensed with the City of Torrance by the age of four months or within 30 days of acquiring the pet. Cat licensing is available on a voluntary basis.

View the complete City of Torrance 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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If you prefer to pay by another method, click here to view your other payment options.

Required Paperwork

  1. Proof of a current and valid rabies vaccination is required at the time of application of an annual dog license. The rabies vaccination must be valid for at least six months from the date of application for the dog license. An invoice or statement of services is not sufficient as proof of rabies vaccination. Please check your certificate for correct address and pet information.
  2. Please include a spay/neuter certificate if the pet has been altered since the last licensing period.
  3. If you are applying for a senior license, a letter from the City will be required.

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

License Fees

Effective 7/1/18 Dog  Cat*
Unaltered $60.00 $10.00
Spayed/Neutered $23.00 $5.00
Late Fee (2 weeks after due date) $20.00 n/a

Qualified seniors age 62 and over with an altered pet may be eligible for one (1) Free License per home per year. Click here for more information.

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 and starvation.

* Recognizing how important your cat is to your family, the City of Torrance is pleased to provide voluntary cat licensing. We encourage you to take advantage of this program to ensure the safety of your pet.


Due Date

Payment for your license is due by the expiration of your current license. If you are licensing for the first time, you must purchase a license when the pet reaches 4 months of age, within 30 days of acquiring the dog or within 30 days of moving into the City of Torrance.

A late fee of $20 is charged if your pet's license has expired.


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