Pet Licensing
  • Note: There is a $1.59 credit card transaction fee for online licensing charged by the credit card processing company. American Express NOT ACCEPTED.

  • Late Penalty and Violation Citations

  • Pet License Fees

    License fees vary from city or area, please refer to the License Fee Schedules below for the appropriate license fee.

    License Fee Schedule:

    Long Beach/Los Alamitos/
    Signal Hill


    Seal Beach









    Senior Unaltered




    Senior Altered




    Replacement Tag




    Late Penalty Fee




    Cat Altered (LB only)




    Cat Senior Altered (LB only)




    Late Penalty and Violation Citations

    How to Purchase

    A permanent license tag is issued when a license is first purchased (Cats may be microchipped in-lieu of a permanent cat license tag). Should you need a replacement tag, there is a fee of $10.00 and you will have to appear in person to make the request.

    You may purchase a pet license in person at the Bureau of Animal Care Services located at 7700 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, CA 90815. You will be asked to provide the information at the time of purchase. A license will be issued to you at the time of purchase.

    You may also purchase a pet license by mail. Send copies (this paperwork will not be returned so do not send originals) of the above information along with the pet license application to the Animal Care Services Bureau at 7700 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, CA 90815, along with a check or money order for the proper amount. The license will be processed and a license tag will be mailed to your home.

      To purchase a pet license, you will need to provide the following:

    • History of prior licenses.
    • Your name, address and phone number.
    • A current rabies inoculation certificate, good for the entire licensing period. If your pet received their rabies vaccination from an out-of-state veterinarian, click for the California Department of Public Health approved rabies vaccine list. If your pets vaccine is not listed, you will have to revaccinate your pet.
    • A certificate of sterility if your pet has been spayed or neutered (altered). This will reduce your dog license fee. The certificate must be shown at the time of purchase to receive the reduced rate.
    • Microchip information (if applicable)
    • Pet license fee.

    Why do cats & dogs have to be licensed?

    California or municipal law requires that all cats and dogs over the age of four months be licensed as a rabies control measure. Making sure your pet has its current license attached to its collar also is your best insurance of having your pet returned to you in case he or she becomes lost or gets out of your yard. The pet license also lets us know if your pet is currently vaccinated against rabies. The money received from pet license fees helps the department continue to provide quality animal care and control services 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

    My pet never leaves my property; Why do I have to buy a license?

    California or municipal law requires that every cat or dog four months of age or older must have a current license fastened to its collar. Even pets that "never leave the house" or property have a way of getting out through accidentally opened gates or by digging under fences. Also, a natural disaster like an earthquake or fire may cause your pet to flee the safety of your property. Having a pet license on its collar, and/or microchip, will help reunite your lost pet with you.

    When do I have to license my cat or dog and how do I get one?

    All cats (Long Beach only) and dogs four (4) months old or older are required to have a current license by local municipal codes:

    • Long Beach LBMC 6.08.010
    • Cerritos CMC 8.04.035(a)
    • Signal Hill SHMC 6.08.010
    • Los Alamitos LAMC 6.08.010
    • Seal Beach SBMC 7.05.035

    Why does Animal Care Services require licensing, perform license canvassing, and issue citations?

    The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians endorses the following methods or procedures that enhance rabies control which include the following:

    • Identification. Dogs, cats should be identified (e.g., metal or plastic tags or microchips) to allow for verification of rabies vaccination status.
    • Licensure. Registration or licensure of all dogs, cats is an integral component of an effective rabies-control program. A fee is frequently charged for such licensure, and revenues collected are used to maintain rabies- or animal-control activities. Evidence of current vaccination should be an essential prerequisite to licensure.
    • Canvassing. House-to-house canvassing by animal-control officials facilitates enforcement of vaccination and licensure requirements.
    • Citations. Citations are legal summonses issued to owners for violations, including the failure to vaccinate or license their animals. The authority for officers to issue citations should be an integral part of each animal-control program.
    • Animal Control. All local jurisdictions should incorporate stray animal control, leash laws, animal bite prevention, and training of personnel in their programs.
    • Public Education. All local jurisdictions should incorporate education covering responsible pet ownership, bite prevention, and appropriate veterinary care in their programs.

    Door-to-Door canvassing has been a regular activity in the City of Long Beach since the 1960's. Periodically, the City contracts with the County of Los Angeles to supplement license compliance efforts. The Federal Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends dog and cat licensing, and door-to-door canvassing as an integral method to enhance rabies control (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April 18, 2008). The process of license canvassing results in direct contact with pet owners and provides the opportunity for education about animal care issues. It is also provides residents with the opportunity to report animal-related violations such as neglect, cruelty, barking, defecation, off-leash and excessive numbers of animals on a property.

    A quick survey of animal control directors in Los Angeles and Orange counties identified (48) agencies utilized door-to-door dog license canvassing during 2009-2010 to ensure compliance with state laws.

    For additional licensing information call 562-570-7387.