Dog Licensing

Dog Licensing

Tulare County Animal Services provides dog licensing services for all of the unincorporated areas of Tulare County.  We cover all areas outside of the incorporated cities.  If you live within the city limits, please call your city’s local dog licensing department.

Why should I license my dog?

If your dog gets lost, a valid license will identify the dog and his/her owner.  This way we can reunite lost pets with their owners.  Having your dog licensed also shows that your dog has a current rabies vaccination.

Pursuant to Part 4, Chapter 7, Article 3, Section 3010 (Animal Laws)

Every dog meeting the minimum age requirements to receive a rabies vaccination shall be subject to a dog license fee, due and payable by its Owner or Custodian within thirty (30) calendar days of the acquisition of the dog, or entry into the County.  Thereafter, such license fee shall become due and payable on the date of expiration on any license previously issued to the owner or custodian for the dog. The amount of such fee shall be established in accordance with Section 4.07.1300 of this chapter. No license shall be issued without evidence of a valid rabies vaccination


Purchasing A Dog License

Tulare County Animal Services offers three options to purchase or renew your dog license.


ONLINE (coming soon)

Buy or Renew Your Dog License Online by clicking here.  When licensing online, uploaded documents must be jpeg images.  Copies of your rabies certificate which covers the term of licensing, microchip, and spay/neuter certificate if applicable, can also be sent via:

Fax: (559) 713-3716

Email: (pdf images are acceptable through email)

Mail: 14131 Ave 256, Visalia, CA  93292 



Click here to download a dog license application.

Complete the application and submit proof of rabies vaccination along with payment. 

  • The expiration date of the license will not exceed the expiration date of the rabies vaccination.
  • If applying for a spay/neuter license, proof of surgery certificate must be attached unless previously verified by past spay/neuter license purchase.



Visit our Tulare County Animal Shelter in Visalia at 14131 Ave 256.  You do not need to bring your dog with you to the shelter in order to purchase or new a dog license.  Shelter hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.  Closed Sundays and Holidays.


Dog License Fees:

Unincorporated Tulare County

 Type of License 1 Year 2 Years 3 Years Late Fee*
 Altered Dogs $8 $14 $20 $10
 Unaltered Dogs $45 $70 $95 $10

Make checks and/or money orders payable to: Tulare County Animal Services or TCAS

*A license fee shall become delinquent thirty (30) calendar days after it becomes due and payable, and upon delinquency, an additional delinquent fee, as established by the Board, shall be added to the regular fee. An unpaid delinquent fee shall be added to the succeeding year's license fee.

You may license up to four dogs individually.  Kennel permits cover addresses that have five or more dogs.


Additional Fees
 Transfer of License from another jurisdiction if the dog license is valid for 12 months $2
 Dog License Replacement Tag $2


The licensing of dogs is required by State law and County Ordinance. Dog licensing is an integral component of the statewide rabies control effort.  All dogs are required to be licensed at the age of four months and provide proof of a rabies vaccination that covers the term of the license. An additional requirement is for licensed dogs to display the license tag at all times.  Tulare County Animal Services use the dog license, microchip, and any other owner information to contact the owners of lost animals.  Any dog found not to be rabies vaccinated and licensed, will be cited for a dog license violation in accordance with Tulare County Animal Ordinance (TCAO) 4-07-3010, a rabies vaccination in accordance with TCAO 4-07-3100, a kennel permit violation in accordance with TCAO 4-07-4000 and a breeder permit violation in accordance with TCAO 4-07-4 400.