Purchase or renew a pet license
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Did you know? Licensing your pet helps to fund the life-saving work that RASKC performs. Each year, RASKC gives thousands of animals a second chance by providing quality care while at the Pet Adoption Center.
But most important: A tag protects me! Should I stray, my finder can call the number on my tag and get your contact information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we can quickly be reunited.
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King County pet licenses are required for all dogs and cats eight weeks of age or older living in the Regional Animal Services coverage area. A pet license identifies and protects your dog or cat in case they get lost. Also, pet licenses offer lots of other great benefits as well, including our Free Ride Home program.
Even indoor-only cats or pets confined to fenced yards get loose and their licenses help assure you can be reunited with them. Licenses are inexpensive identification and are for your pet's protection and safety. License revenue also makes it possible to reunite lost pets with their families and for adoption services for homeless pets.
- Found pets are reunited quickly with their owner. The Pet License office number is on the license. If someone finds your pet, they will call the number, get your contact information, even after hours, and reunite you and your pet.
- Your pet gets a free ride home the first time it is found. Our staff will attempt to deliver your pet home to you immediately, skipping a trip to the animal shelter.
- Your pet gets a longer care period. When found, your licensed pet will be safely cared for at the Pet Adoption Center for a longer time.
- You and your pet get the Vacation Pet Alert. When you leave home on vacation, call 206-296-2712 to register where your pet will be while you are on vacation, who will be taking care of your pet and where to reach you. We will call the correct number if your pet gets loose during your vacation.
- License fees support the return of hundreds of lost pets to their homes and help adopt thousands of homeless pets to new families every year. Pet license fees also fund investigation of animal neglect and cruelty, spay/neuter programs to reduce pet over-population, and community education services.
There are more than 70 convenient locations, including many city halls and QFC stores, in King County where you can purchase a pet license or obtain a mailer. Check the licensing locations page for a place near you.
General Pet Licensing Fees
Under six months, six months expiration
|$30||Altered (Spay / Neuter)
Eligible for spay/neuter voucher
|$15||Senior Discount (altered pets only)
Proof that owner is 65 or older. Proof pet is spayed or neutered.
|$15||Disabled Person (altered pets only)
Proof of eligibility form required
For lost, unexpired tag
Late Pet Licensing Fees
|Late Fee||Days Past Expiration|
|$15||45 - 90 days|
|$20||91 - 135 days|
|$30||136 - 364 days|
|$30 + prior year's license fee||365+ days|
Yes, the fine for an unlicensed pet is $125 for a spayed/neutered pet , and $250 for an unaltered pet.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
King County issues permanent, stainless-steel tags intended to last the lifetime of your pet. However, if your pet does lose its license tag, just mail us your tag number OR your name, address, and pet's name along with a check for $5 (or go to one of our convenient licensing locations). We will send you a new tag.
If you are over 65, or if your pet is under six months of age, you may qualify for a discounted pet license.
If you are over 65 years old
If your pet is spayed/neutered, you are eligible for a discounted pet license. This license costs $15 and is renewed annually. Please provide proof of your age and proof of pet's spay/neuter.
If your pet is under six months old
If your pet is under six months of age, you qualify for a $15 juvenile pet license that is good for six months. After that, the full pet license fee of $30 for a spayed/neutered pet or $60 for an unaltered pet applies.
Yes. King County canvassers issue license tags for your dog(s) and/or cat(s) right while they are at your doorstep. This is a great convenience to you, and provides great protection for your pet. Canvassers may visit you if you live anywhere in our service area.
Pet licensing canvassers have official King County photo identification and wear bright blue polo shirts or windbreakers or a winter jacket with the pet licensing logos. Hours are generally Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday – Fridays 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Door-to-door marketers DO NOT accept payment at the door, but they do issue free temporary license tags that need to be renewed by the last day of the following month. This provides your cat and dog immediate protection. When a door-to-door canvasser comes to your door, please welcome him or her.
If you have a disability and use a service animal to assist you, you can receive a King County pet license at no cost. Along with a completed pet license application, you must include a signed statement certifying that you have a disability and that your animal is used to assist you due to your disability. Once we receive your confirmation, a free license will be sent to you.
A "service animal" is defined in King County Code as any animal that is trained or being trained to aid a person who is blind, hearing impaired, or otherwise disabled and is used for that purpose and is registered with a recognized service animal organization.
While the pet license fee is waived, you will receive an annual renewal notice requesting your confirmation that your animal is still being used as a service animal. If you keep the animal after it retires from service, the annual pet license fee will be due.
Submit an update online, or call the RASKC pet licensing office at 206-296-2712.
Proprietors of hobby kennels and catteries or guard-dog related businesses in the RASKC service area require specific licenses. Download the pet-related business flyer for details, or call 206-296-7387 for more information.
Public Health - Seattle & King County also regulates and issues permits for many pet-related businesses including pet shops, aquariums, commercial kennels and catteries, pet groomers, dog daycares, animal shelters, certain pet food retailers, and businesses such as feed stores selling live poultry. For more information about these services, please visit the Public Health Pet Businesses webpage.