License Your Pet! It could save your pet’s life!
Licensing your pet is the best way to ensure they get back to you safely if they are lost or hurt. Every person who owns a dog or cat over the age of four months is required by law to license their animal (Ordinance B31-34 & B31-56). Dog and cat owners who fail to comply with licensing requirements are subject to costly penalties! A license tag should be securely fastened to your pet's collar or harness and worn at all times.
Santa Clara County has seven animal control licensing agencies. Each agency provides licensing to particular areas of the County. The County of Santa Clara Animal Care & Control Division provides pet licenses to residents of the UNINCORPORATED areas of Santa Clara County, including those residing on the Stanford Campus.
In order to license your pet, you will need a current rabies vaccine certificate from your veterinarian. If the rabies certificate does not indicate that your pet has been spayed or neutered, you will need a certificate of alteration to receive the reduced fee license.
Residents 65 years of age and over may qualify for a fee exemption; the pet owner must include proof of the owner's age, the pet must be spayed or neutered, and only one exemption per household is allowed.
To purchase or renew a pet license online, enter your address in the form below. Then click on the jurisdiction link for more information.
Please note the following County Ordinance Sections prior to purchasing animal licenses:
LICENSE JURISDICTION LOOKUP
If your address is not found or if you think the jurisdiction is incorrect please contact us.
License Mailing option for Unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County
Print the Animal License Application Form and mail to the following address:
County of Santa Clara Animal Care & Control
80 W. Highland Avenue, Building K
San Martin, CA 95046
Phone: (408) 201-0660
Fax: (408) 683-4247
Questions? Call (800) 215-2555 or (408) 201-0660
License Mailing options for all other cities in Santa Clara County
If you do not live within the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County, you may license your pet by contacting the relevant agency for the city in which you reside:
City of Santa Clara, Campbell, Mountain View
or Monte Sereno:
Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority - (408) 764-0344
City of San Jose, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Milpitas,
San Jose Animal Care and Services - (408) 794-7240
License Application - San Jose Animal Services
City of Palo Alto, Los Altos, or Los Altos Hills:
Palo Alto Animal Services - (650) 496-5971
License Application - Palo Alto Animal Services
City of Gilroy:
Gilroy Police Department - (408) 846-0350
License Application - City of Gilroy
City of Morgan Hill:
Morgan Hill Police Department - (408) 779-2101
License Application - City of Morgan Hill
City of Sunnyvale:
Sunnyvale Public Safety - (408) 730-7180
License Application - City of Sunnyvale