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.


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 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.