How to Obtain a Pet License

Animal collor with tag Not all cities in Orange County are serviced by OC Animal Care. Dog licenses for residents in cities not served by OC Animal Care must be obtained from their city's animal control agency. (see area shelter list)

OC Animal Care provides licensing for the following cities
Anaheim Orange
Brea Placentia
Cypress Rancho Santa Margarita
Fountain Valley San Juan Capistrano
Fullerton Stanton
Garden Grove Tustin
Huntington Beach Villa Park
Laguna Hills Yorba Linda
Lake Forest Unincorporated County Areas

All dogs in Orange County over the age of four (4) months are required by law to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. Residents owning or having custody of any dog must license the dog within fifteen (15) days of acquisition or within fifteen (15) days after the license becomes due. Residents must provide proof of a California approved rabies vaccination to obtain a license (OCCO 4-1-70). 

Cat licensing is optional and available through OC Animal Care.

Licensing your dog provides necessary information to support investigations of cruelty, neglect, abandonment and dog bites. Licensing also indicates ownership of a dog. If your dog is found, OC Animal Care will call and send you a letter.   For more information on licensing, please call 714-935-6848.

License fees

Discounted license fees are offered to owners of sterilized dogs that provide a proof of sterility certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian.

Senior citizen discount fees are offered with proof of sterility certificate and a copy of any document showing the birth date of the person (i.e. Driver's License, California ID or birth certificate). Only one (1) senior citizen license discount allowed per household.

All licenses must be renewed annually

Pet Licensing Fee Schedule
License Months Cost
Unsterilized dog 12 $100.00
Sterilized dog 12 $24.00
Puppy - for dogs 6 months or younger 12 $24.00
Unsterilized dog (Senior owner 65 years and up) 12 $100.00
Sterilized dog (Senior owner 65 years and up, one discount per household) 12 $12.00
Late fee - per dog $41.00
Non-compliance $75.00
Unsterilized cat 12 $6.00
Sterilized cat 12 $6.00
Replacement tag $2.50

Pet Licensing Form

License Your Pet Online

or

Print
an Application 

Enclose with the application or scan and email

  • Applicable Fees (payable with check or money order to: OC Animal Care)
  • Proof of Sterility (if applicable)
  • Rabies Vaccination Certificate (Note: Veterinary receipts for vaccination will not be accepted as proof of vaccination and will delay the license application process)
  • Proof of age for senior citizens (if applicable)

Mail the completed application and the required documents from the list above to:

OC Animal Care, Licensing Department
561 The City Drive South
Orange CA 92868

Assistance Dog Application

The Assistance Animal designation in Orange County is in compliance with the US Department of Justice's definition of Service Animals. The County designates dogs as Service Animals when they have been individually trained to do work or perform physical tasks for people with disabilities. Service Animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person's disability. To request this designation, the Assistance Dog Application should be completed and submitted to:

OC Animal Care, Licensing Department
561 The City Drive South
Orange CA 92868

Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as Service Animals under the American Disability Act (ADA) and Orange County does not designate or recognize these animals as such.

Below are some documents and a website to help answer some of the questions you may have regarding this designation.

Transfer of Ownership

Do you have a new pet that you received from someone else (including a family member)?  Are you planning on giving your pet away to someone else (including a family member)?  Please complete the transfer ownership form. Please follow all instructions provided and contact OC Animal Care with any questions you may have.

Animal Permits

Do you have more than three dogs or cats and need an animal permit?  If so, please visit the Animal Permits page for more information.