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Dog License

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why is a dog license required?

The State of California requires local jurisdictions to implement a dog-licensing program for public health and safety purposes (i.e., control of rabies and other contagious diseases). Santa Ana Municipal Code requires a license for every dog over the age of four (4) months that is owned, kept or harbored by, in the custody of, or under the control of any person within the City.

How do I get a dog license?

The Santa Ana Tax and License section handles requests for Dog Licenses and customer inquiries. They can be reached at (714) 647-5257 or via email at dog@santa-ana.org. The Santa Ana Tax and License office is located at Santa Ana City Hall, 20 Civic Center Plaza, First Floor City Hall Annex, Room 1100. Parking is available in the Civic Center Plaza, off Santa Ana Blvd. between Ross Street and Flower Street. There is parking fee per each half-hour. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and every other Friday.

Download the Dog License Application on our website.

Applications can be mailed or emailed:

City of Santa Ana
Dog License M14
20 Civic Center Plaza
PO Box 1964
Santa Ana, CA 92702-1964

Email: dog@santa-ana.org

To obtain a dog license, the Dog License Application must be completed and submitted with a Rabies Vaccination Certificate issued from a licensed veterinarian showing vaccination is valid for the entire licensing period. Payment in full (including applicable penalties) is required prior to the issuance of a Dog License Certificate.

Annual Dog License Fees

Seeing Eye or Medical Alert Dogs****

Unaltered dog

$159.00

Exempt

Puppy ( Under 6 months )

$28.00

Exempt

Spayed/Neutered*

$28.00

Exempt

Senior Citizen Rate**
$14.00
Exempt

Replacement Tag

$9.00

Exempt

Penalty***

$48.00

Not Applicable

Notes

  • A Rabies Vaccination Certificate issued from a licensed veterinarian showing vaccination that will be valid for the entire licensing period is required.
  • To receive a discount rate for a spayed or neutered dog, you must enclose a copy of the sterility certificate or a signed statement of sterility from a licensed veterinarian.
  • To receive the Senior Citizen Discount rate, you must be 65 years of age or older (proof of age is required). The animal must be spayed/neutered.
  • Your Dog License and rabies vaccination should be obtained within fifteen (15) days after your dog reaches the age of four (4) months or after moving into the City of Santa Ana. Otherwise a LATE FEE will be assessed.
  • Exemptions available for seeing eye, signal, service and medical alert dogs (proof required)

If you need additional information, call: (714) 647-5257.

What forms of payment are accepted?

For accepted forms of payment, go to “Acceptable Forms of Payment”.

Where do I go to get a dog license?

• The Santa Ana Tax and License section handles requests for dog license and customer inquiries and can be reached at (714) 647-5257 or via email at dog@santa-ana.org. The Santa Ana Tax and License office is located at Santa Ana City Hall, 20 Civic Center Plaza, First Floor City Hall Annex, Room 1100. Parking is available in the Civic Center Plaza, off Santa Ana Blvd. between Ross Street and Flower Street. There is a parking fee per each half-hour. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Or download the PDF: Dog License Application.

Where does the money from licensing go?

Dog license fees generated are used to offset the cost of operating the dog licensing program.

Are dog license applications accepted through the mail?

Application for dog licenses can be processed through the mail. However, to receive a dog license certificate, all of the following information is required: dog license application, a rabies vaccination certificate covering the entire licensing period, and any evidence for discounts as described above in “How do I get a dog license?”.

How do I get a replacement tag?

Replacement tags are available at a cost of $9. To obtain a replacement tag, you may come to City Hall or mail in $9 with your name, mailing address, name of your dog and current license tag number. It is illegal for an owner of a dog to transfer any dog tag from one dog to another and no person shall place a dog tag upon any dog except the dog for which it was issued.

When is the penalty fee applied?

A penalty is due if any person fails to obtain a dog license within 15 days from the date of acquiring of a dog or within 15 days of the expiration of a dog license, whichever is applicable. In addition, dog license fees and penalties are applied retroactively for a period of up to three years (if applicable).

Why should I get a dog license?

There are many reasons to license your dog. Licenses allow animal control or shelters to identify your dog and get them back to you quickly and safely. Licensed dogs are often allowed a longer stay at an animal shelter to allow the you to retrieve your dog. A dog licenses shows other people and pet owners that your dog is up-to-date on their rabies vaccine, which can give a rescuer peace of mind should they find your dog out on the street.

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