License Your Dog

All dogs over four months old, must have a valid dog license.

Dog licensing

Two different options are available for Oakland residents licensing dogs- online, or by mail.

Applying for a License Online

To license your animal online, go to and enter your zip code. You can license multiple pets at the same time, and easily upload required documents. All major credit cards are accepted, and a small convenience fee will apply per transaction.

Applying for a License by Mail

To license by mail, simply mail a copy of your pet's current rabies certificate and any other applicable documentation, along with your check payable to:

Oakland Animal Shelter
Attn: Animal Licensing
1101 29th Ave
Oakland, CA 94601

For more information on animal licensing in the City of Oakland, please visit or call 833-259-2136.


Residents of the City of Oakland may have their pet microchipped at Oakland Animal Services for a fee.

Required Rabies Vaccination

A rabies vaccination is required before a pet can be licensed. Licenses are not valid until a current rabies certificate is submitted.

Spay & Neuter Discount

In order to obtain the spay/neuter discount, proof of sterilization must be on file with Oakland Animal Services.