Dog Licensing Information

When your dog is four months old it MUST BE LICENSED – it’s the LAW! In order to receive a license you must take your dog to a veterinarian who will give your dog a rabies shot. The veterinarian will then give you a RABIES CERTIFICATE.

Licensing Fees

If your dog is altered (spayed/neutered) when you license him/her at four months of age you will receive a discount on the license fee ($24.00), ($12.00 for senior citizens 65 years or older with proof of age, or permanently disabled people), but you must provide a copy of your animal’s spay/neuter certificate (along with the rabies certificate). If your dog is not altered, then you will have to pay a higher fee ($96.00) until you have this procedure done. An additional $20 late fee applies if the license application is determined to be late. However, if you license your dog between four and six months of age you may be eligible for spay/neuter credit. For more information, please call 800-472-5609.

How are Licensing Fees Established?

The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors establishes the fees associated with dog licenses. The fee increase for unaltered animals was approved by the Board of Supervisors to address the enormous problem of pet overpopulation and related staffing costs. Private individuals that choose not to spay/neuter their pets and are disgruntled about the unaltered licensing fee are welcome to address the County Board of Supervisors.

How Do I License My Dog?

Licenses may be obtained in person, purchased through the mail, or online.  For instructions on purchasing your license through the mail or online, call San Bernardino County Animal Control at 800-472-5609.

Yucaipa residents may obtain dog licenses in person at City Hall Monday – Thursday from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Fridays 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – (closed alternate Fridays).  You will need to provide proof of a current rabies vaccination to obtain the license.  If your dog is spayed or neutered, you need to include proof of this from a veterinarian as well.