Dog License

Applying or Renewing a Dog License

If your dog is over the age of four months, you must apply for a dog license.  This dog license is for a set period of time in relation to the dog’s current rabies vaccine; therefore, renewal for your dog’s license will also be necessary. You may choose to apply for a license that is valid for a one, two, or three year period.

To apply or renew a dog license you must submit the following:

  • A completed Dog License Application (pdf)
  • Current rabies vaccination certificate showing it to be valid through the license period
  • Spay/neuter documentation
  • Proof of age and birthdate if eligible for discounted senior rate
  • License Fee

Please note that the fees are discounted if: the dog has been spayed or neutered (certificate required), and/or if the dog owner/guardian is a senior citizen (proof of age required)

New residents have 30 days to obtain a dog license after establishing residency before incurring a late fee.  If you fail to renew a dog’s license within 30 days after the date of expiration, a late fee will also be applied.

Upon receipt of the application, your dog renewal license will be sent to you within two weeks.

Dog Tags

Dog tags are non-transferable and are valid for the lifetime and/or guardianship of the dog. No other tag will be issued unless the tag needs to be replaced.

Fees

Please make your check payable to San Francisco Tax Collector. Fees are non-refundable.

Fee Schedule 

Contact Information

If you have any questions about obtaining or renewing a dog license, please email at dog.license@sfgov.org. We are open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may mail in your application and payment to: San Francisco Tax Collector, P.O. Box 7427, San Francisco, CA 94120-7427. If you would like to apply in person, we are located at City Hall, Room 140, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102.