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Dog License Information

There are an estimated 120,000 dogs living in San Francisco. Only about 20,000 of them are licensed at this time.  Listed below are five reasons why licensing your dog should be your #1 priority.  By licensing your dog, you have taken the first step in assuring the health and safety of your dog and thousands of others.

Obtaining Your Dog's License Should Be Your #1 Priority

  1. If your dog gets lost, a license tag on your dog's collar is the fastest way to reunite you and your dog. Even if your dog is microchipped, a license tag is immediately visible and doesn't require a scanning device to read it, like a microchip does.
  2. Licensing, unlike microchipping, lets people know that your canine companion has received required vaccinations that protect your dog from rabies.
  3. The fee you pay for your Dog License and license renewal keeps your city's animal shelter going. It is one of the primary sources of revenue for Animal Care and Control, so it can continue to provide its unique services to all the citizens of San Francisco, from finding new homes for unclaimed or surrendered pets to keeping neighborhoods safe from aggressive dogs, from caring for animals whose owners have died to teaching good pet care to school kids.
  4. Your dog's Dog License shows that you are a responsible dog caregiver. When you walk your dog or let your dog run in designated areas, people will notice the license on your dog's collar and know that you really care about your dog's welfare. Dogs without licenses carry a stigma of owner neglect.
  5. It's the law. Living in San Francisco brings many lifestyle advantages and cultural rewards, but it also carries some obligations. Among these is the payment of fees for municipal services. Good citizens get their dogs licensed.

Buying A Dog License

A dog license protects your dog by identifying it if it is lost. A current license also provides assurance that your dog has been vaccinated for rabies.

In San Francisco, dog licenses are mandatory and must be renewed each year. A late charge shall be assessed for failure to renew any expired license after 30 days. New residences have 30 days to acquire a San Francisco dog license before a late charge is assessed. In order to purchase a license, you must have a current rabies vaccination certificate for your dog.

A dog license with proof of a current rabies vaccination, may be obtained at the following locations:

  • Animal Care and Control
    1200 15th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Treasurer and Tax Collector
    City Hall
    1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 110
    San Francisco, CA 94102
  • High Tail Hotel (clients only)
    2275 Revere Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94124
  • Marina Pet Hospital
    2024 Lombard St.
    San Francisco, CA 94123
  • Ocean Beach Veterinary Clinic (clients only)
    3619 California Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Petco  (Sundays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
    2300 16th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Presidio Way Veterinary Hospital (clients only)
    3619 California St
    San Francisco, CA 94118
  • Seven Hills Veterinary Hospital (clients only)
    5264 Diamond Heights Blvd
    San Francisco, CA 94131
  • VIP Grooming
    4299 24th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94114
Last updated: 12/2/2015 10:52:12 AM