Sonoma County Animal Services

DocuPet is the official pet licensing partner for Sonoma County Animal Services

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Where we issue licenses

Sonoma County Animal Services is contracted to issue licenses in the following areas:

Why Docupet

Why License?

With DocuPet, your pet’s license is much more than just a tag. It’s their ticket home, their customized (and cute!) emblem, and a link to their personal digital record. It’s also your way of doing good - not just for your pet, but for the pets in need in your community.

Dog licenses are mandatory in the cities that Sonoma County Animal Services serves. In fact, licenses are mandatory in nearly every community across North America. Why? Because licenses help keep pets and the communities they live in safe.

Since licensing your dogs is a requirement, our goal is to make this process quick, simple, and valuable. Check out the ways you can license your pet below and feel good knowing that licensing revenue funds important initiatives helping to improve your community. To further support these efforts, DocuPet will always donate 20% of designer tag and product sales to our local Safe&Happy Fund partner, Sonoma County Animal Services.

How to License

  • Online
  • In-person
  • Mail
  • Phone

The fastest and easiest way to license or renew is right here. You’ll create a profile for your pet, upload photos, process your license registration, and receive purchase confirmations via email. Payment can be made using a credit card or Visa/Mastercard debit card and your package will be shipped out next business day. Each year, you just need to log in to your existing account and renew - it’s super easy!

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In person licensing is available at the following location(s) however it’s important to know you will still receive your tag in the mail:

Sonoma County Animal Services 1247 Century Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Don’t forget to check hours of operation, appointment policies, and accepted payment methods prior to heading out.

Download Registration Form

If you opt to license via snail mail - keep in mind processing your registration will take a lot longer!

Make sure you complete the below form in full and that it is free of any errors otherwise your registration may not be successfully processed. The fine print is there for a reason so keep an eye out for accepted payment methods, who the check should be made out to, where it should be mailed, and any required supporting documentation.

If you wish, you can download and mail the below form.

Download Registration Form

If you’re having trouble licensing online and need to get your registration processed in a hurry, you can give our customer care team a call and they may be able to process your pet license over the phone. Note that we can only accept credit cards and Visa/Mastercard debit as payment.

License Fees

Pet licenses are required for all pets living in the communities that Sonoma County Animal Services serves. Licenses must be renewed prior to the expiration date. You will receive reminders from us about upcoming license expirations via mail, phone, and email. Click on your community below to learn more!

Licensing Community Mandatory Licensing Species
City of Santa Rosa Dogs

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Unincorporated Sonoma County Dogs

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Licensing Community Mandatory Licensing Species
City of Santa Rosa Dogs

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Unincorporated Sonoma County Dogs

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DocuPet Benefits

Found a lost pet?

If the pet is wearing a DocuPet tag, visit our site or their unique web address on the back of the tag, enter the code found on the pet's tag, and gain access to the contact information that pet’s owner has chosen to provide. You may also call our 24/7 dispatch staff at 1-877-239-6072

Is your pet lost?

Don't panic! We're here to help! Log in to your profile and report your pet lost by clicking on their name and then using the "Report Lost" button. Our dedicated staff is immediately alerted and an email will go out with your pet's information to registered members in your community. Log in Now

Account not yet activated? Call us at 1-877-239-6072

What is HomeSafe™?

The HomeSafe™ Lost Pet Service features an online tool that ties your pet's unique tag code to their online profile. This means that if anyone finds your pet, they can easily report them found through our site, and immediately get access to the contact information you have chosen to provide.

Our Found Pet report makes it easy for people to help your pet get home safe. We also have a dedicated dispatch staff that works around the clock, answering phone calls and working with members of the community to help get lost pets home safe.

Frequently Asked Questions

PROGRAM AND PARTNERSHIP

You may have entered your address incorrectly or we may not have your address in the address database for your community. Please double-check all spelling and ensure you are using the abbreviated form for your street type ex. St instead of Street. You may contact SCAS directly if you believe you reside within their jurisdiction but your address is not being accepted by the system.

DocuPet has a Help Center that houses many helpful articles about the DocuPet system, communications, and other information that is not specific to your licensing jurisdiction. Visit here.

LICENSING OPTIONS, DATES, AND LOCATIONS

All pets over the age of 4 months are required to be licensed.

Temporary licenses expire after 90 days. To convert a temporary license into a full license you must provide new proof of rabies expiration prior to the temporary license expiration date. If the rabies expiration date extends beyond the original term selected your pet's license may be extended to the full term originally selected. If the newly provided rabies expiration date falls prior to the term end, the new license expiration date will be the same as the rabies vaccination expiration date.

In person licensing is not currently available. Once in-person licensing resumes you can visit: Sonoma County Animal Services 1247 Century Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

 

 

Please ensure you have all the required documentation in order to licence your pet. If you have all the records you need to proceed you can license your pet online, or in person at Sonoma County Animal Services located at 1247 Century Ct Santa Rosa CA 95403.
If this is your first time licensing a pet in the City of Santa Rosa or Sonoma County, click here to learn more.
If you already have an account with us or have ever licensed a pet with Sonoma County Animal Services click here to learn more.

Licenses are required to be renewed prior to the expiration date each year.

As per California State law, a pet license may not be valid at anytime a pet's rabies vaccination is expired.

Licenses expire at the end of the 1 year term unless your pet's current rabies vaccination expiration date falls prior to the end of the term. A license cannot be valid at any time a pet's rabies is expired. If you provide new proof of rabies expiration extending beyond the original term selected prior to the license expiration date, your pet's license may be extended to the full term originally selected.

SCAS provides licensing services for the following areas: City of Santa Rosa and some areas of Unincorporated Sonoma County. 

Refunds may be granted for a license if a pet passes or is returned within 30 days of the license purchase.

You may renew your pet's license within 60 days of your pet's current license expiration date. If you renew prior to the upcoming expiration date, your pet's new license will start the day after expiration, not on the date of purchase.

FEES AND FINES

For all online orders a processing fee is applied on license purchases at a rate of 2.65% + $0.25 per transaction.

Visit this page for licensing options and fees: Sonoma County Licensing Fees

You must be 62 or older to qualify for the senior citizen rate. Your pet must be spayed/neutered to receive the senior rate.

Late fees come into effect if a license is not renewed within 30 days of the original expiration date.

Sonoma County Animal Services does not offer any special rates for veterans. Please call (707) 565-7100 to directly to discuss.

Those aged 62 and older may qualify for a senior citizen rate. Your pet must be spayed/neutered to receive the senior rate.

If your community requires proof of spay/neuter for your pet in order to receive a discounted licensing rate, you will need to upload the appropriate documentation stating that your pet has been spayed/neutered to your online account. Once the documentation has been approved by Sonoma County Animal Services, you will be eligible to receive the new discounted rate. Otherwise, you can visit Sonoma County Animal Services in person at 1247 Century Ct Santa Rosa CA 95403 and show proof of spay/neuter there.

Please visit SCAS in person if you are qualifying for this rate for the first time. They are located at 1247 Century Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Once the team there verifies your designation you will be able to renew online in future years.

No, there is no discount for licensing multiple pets. Each pet will be charged the appropriate licensing fee.

TAGS

Your pet must always wear their license tag. You may be fined for failing to affix your pet's tag.

ACCOUNT UPDATES

If you are moving please be sure to update your address by logging into your online account and navigating to your Profile Settings page. Even though you are moving you’ll still be able to keep your pet's tag and access your pet's online account. However, your current license may not be valid in the new community you are moving to. Please get in touch with the pet licensing provider in the new community you are moving to in order to find out more information.

CITY INFORMATION AND CITY ORDINANCES

The following species are required to be licensed: Dogs are mandatory and cats are voluntary

Visit this page for information on licensing ordinances/bylaws: Sonoma County Code

DOCUMENT SUBMISSION

You will need to complete the required paperwork and visit SCAS in person to qualify for rabies exemption. 

A valid rabies proof is required to purchase a pet license. A 90 day temporary license may be issued if you do not have rabies proof at the time of licensing. Proof of spay/neuter is required to receive the discounted altered rates.

If you can’t locate the document you received after the procedure was done, you will need to contact your vet to obtain your pet's records. Be sure to specify any and all pets you require documentation for.
Once you’ve got the paperwork in your hands, take a look to ensure:

  • The document provided is the right type of proof required.
  • Pet and pet owner account data matches your own.
  • The document is clear and legible.

To license your pet, you will be required to show proof that the pet's rabies vaccination is current. Documentation is also required to verify that a pet has been spayed or neutered and must be provided in order to receive the discounted rate. Requiring documentation ensures that provided pet information is accurate, which is critical for identification and safety reasons.

To license your pet, you will be required to show proof that the pet's rabies vaccination is current. Documentation is also required to verify that a pet has been spayed or neutered and must be provided in order to receive the discounted rate. Requiring documentation ensures that provided pet information is accurate, which is critical for identification and safety reasons.

Documentation uploaded via the online system is reviewed within two business days.

A rabies proof is required to prove that your pet has been vaccinated against rabies. A rabies proof identifying your pet as spayed/neutered or a spay/neuter proof may be accepted as documentation of sterilization.