Public Works

Pet Dog Licensing

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Pets

The City of Riverside Public Works Department offers pet license payment services at our City Hall location. The City is a payment center only and does not have access to Riverside County Department of Animal Services records.

All dogs in the City of Riverside over four months of age must be vaccinated against rabies. Vaccinations must remain current in order for owners to obtain required annual pet licenses.

Purchase a Dog License

The City of Riverside Public Works Department offers pet license payment services at our City Hall location. The City is a payment center only and does not have access to Riverside County Department of Animal Services records. Please ensure you have all of the required documentation in addition to the pet license application when you purchase a dog license at City Hall.


Licenses may be purchased at two locations:
City of Riverside Residents
City Hall 4th Floor
3900 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
City/County of Riverside Residents:
City/County Animal Shelter
6851 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92509

To purchase dog licenses using the County's online processing system, CLICK HERE.

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License Fees

License Fees: 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year
Unaltered Dog $100 $175 $250
Spayed/Neutered Dog * $16 $25 $35
Senior (60+) ** $10 $15 $20
Late Fee: $25
Replacement Tag: $6
* If not indicated on the rabies certificate, please provide proof of spay/neuter.
** To receive the reduced senior rate, the dog must be spayed or neutered, and proof of age, such as copy of a driver’s license, is required.

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License Citations

If you have received a citation for failure to license your dog, you may clear your citation with the Public Works Department at City Hall:

City Hall 4th Floor
3900 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501

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About Dog Licensing

Obtaining a dog license is good for you and your dog!

A dog license can help your dog get back home if it is lost. A current license tag tells animal control officers that a dog has a human companion whose contact information should be on file and rapidly accessible. Dogs with current license tags that are impounded at the city/county shelter are held for ten days, five days more than for unlicensed dogs, this allows the shelter to get in contact with you.

A current dog license indicates that a dog has been properly vaccinated against rabies. Rabies is a serious public health issue and licensing helps the city monitor compliance with rabies vaccination laws.

Revenue from dog licensing pays for emergency medical care of animals hit by cars, investigation of animal abuse and cruelty and the rabies control program.

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