What You Need to Know About Dog Licensing in the City of Fresno

If you’re new to the city of Fresno or are simply unfamiliar with dog licensing laws in Fresno, don’t worry! Discover the forms, fees, and other information you will need to register your dog in this comprehensive guide to getting your dog licensed. You will learn how to obtain a dog license, why doing so contributes to your pet’s well-being, and how the fees help other animals in the community.

Why Should You Get Your Dog Licensed?

First and foremost, you should license your dog because it’s the law. Fresno Municipal Code 10-303 requires all owners or custodians of a dog over the age of 4 months to obtain a license. License investigators are in the field to promote education and awareness of animal’s needs and requirements. Failure to license your dog can result in penalties and fines.

It’s Best for Your Dog

Licensing your dog is also the best thing for his/her health and well-being. Your dog is required to have its rabies vaccine to be licensed and owners receive a significant discount on licensing if their pet is spayed or neutered. This ensures that fewer dogs will end up in a shelter.

Even though this is required for each dog you own, getting a license is in your pet’s—and your—best interest. It is much more difficult to find an unregistered dog that is lost. License your dog to increase the likelihood of locating them if they ever run away. Not only will your dog be healthier and safer, your mind will be at ease knowing they will be quickly returned if they stray from home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Licensing your dog can be a confusing process, but it doesn’t have to be! Find out the answers to the most frequently asked questions to get clarity on what you need, where to go, and what it will cost.

How Do I Go About Getting My Dog Licensed?

We make licensing your dog easy. Simply bring in copies of your dog’s rabies certificate and spay/neuter certificate (if applicable) to our Adoption Center to receive your license—no appointment needed!

To get your pup’s rabies vaccination at a reasonable price, visit our Low-Cost Vaccination Clinic on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month.

What Forms Do I Need?

It can be difficult to determine which forms and fees are required to license your dog. Here’s what you need:

  • A copy of a current rabies vaccination certificate
  • A copy of the spay/neuter certificate if this is the first licensing since your dog has been fixed
  • The license tag number, if your dog has been previously licensed
  • A dog license application

You can visit the following locations to get your dog license in person:

  • Central California SPCA, 103 South Hughes Avenue, Fresno, CA 93706
  • Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno St., #2162, Fresno, CA 93721
    • You can find the entrance on P St. between Tulare St. and Fresno St.

What Are the Required Timelines?

If you have gotten a new dog or recently moved to the City of Fresno with a pup in tow, you’ll need to license your pet. You must license your dog within:

  • 30 days of acquiring the dog
  • 30 days of bringing the dog into the city
  • 30 days after the dog has reached 4 months of age

Failure to do so can result in late fees or an unlicensed dog fine.

What Are the Fees and Penalties if I Fail to Comply?

With a valid spay/neuter certificate from a licensed veterinarian, it costs $12 per dog per year to license your pet. If you get a 3-year rabies vaccination, you have the option to pay three years of licensing in advance.

Dogs that are not fixed will cost $50 a year to license. Any dog owner can be fined up to $500 for each unlicensed dog. If your dog is not licensed on time, a $10 late fee will be added to the licensing fee.

These fees make a huge impact in the City of Fresno by contributing to the costs of caring for lost and orphaned pets.


Remember that you need to license your dog once a year. If you have lost or misplaced your dog’s license tag, you can get a new one at the CCSPCA Adoption Center, located at 103 South Hughes Avenue, Fresno, CA 93706. We are open seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (6 p.m. on Wednesdays). As always, we’re happy to help if you have any questions or need guidance through the licensing process.