License Tags identify owners of lost animals. Each license tag has a unique number assigned to your animal. Persons finding an animal with a tag need only call our telephone number printed on the tag for quick owner identification and reunion with the lost animal. If a licensed animal is lost or taken to a shelter, we can identify the owner by the tag number. Animals with licensing information are held while owners are contacted.
Licensing is mandated by law. State laws and local ordinances mandate that all dogs over four months of age must be vaccinated for rabies and licensed. Local ordinances mandate that all cats over four months of age must be vaccinated for rabies and licensed in Campbell, Monte Sereno and Santa Clara. Cat licensing is not required in Mountain View and registration at $5 for five years is optional. Licenses are not transferable from one owner to the next.
Licensing an animal requires a current rabies vaccination and proof of spay/neuter. Licenses shall not be issued beyond the validity of the rabies vaccination. For example, do not apply for a 3 year license if there is less than 3 years remaining on your rabies vaccination.
Only dogs and cats owned in Campbell, Monte Sereno, Mountain View and Santa Clara should be licensed through this website. Senior citizen licenses and Mountain View cat registrations (cat licensing is not required) are not sold through the web licensing option but can be processed through the mail or at the Center. In order to license, please do the following:
1. Visit Property Assessment Information System to confirm what city you reside in. If you are a resident of Campbell, Monte Sereno, Mountain View or Santa Clara, you can buy a new license or renew online.
2. Please have the following ready.
1. Rabies vaccination certificate.
2. Spay/Neuter certificate if applicable.
3. Visa, MasterCard or Discover card for payment.
3. Please proceed to WEB LICENSING.
By Mail or at the Center
You can also complete an Animal License Application and purchase a license by mail or in person at the center during our regular business hours.
We accept MasterCard, VISA, Discover, and checks. Cash is also accepted at the center.
Refunds cannot be issued once a license is processed.
License Fee Schedule
|Dogs - Altered*
|Dogs - Unaltered
|Cats - Altered*
|Cats - Unaltered
|Seniors (over 65)**
||1 free license per household
|| --------- $50 ---------
|| ---------- $5 ----------
*Altered means female animals are spayed, male animals are neutered.
** Mountain View and Santa Clara animals must be altered.
Don’t Be Late
Failure to license an animal by the age of 4 months, or within 30 days of acquisition or within 30 days of residency (for a new resident) or within 60 days of the expiration date of a previously issued license will be subject to a Late (Delinquent) Fee.
In Campbell and Monte Sereno, for owners who are 65 years of age or older, there is no license fee charged for the first dog or cat. Fees will apply to the second and additional animals for such owners.
In Mountain View for owners who are 65 years of age or older, there is no license fee charged for one spayed or neutered dog. Fees will apply to the second and additional animals for such owners.
In Santa Clara, for owners who are 65 years of age or older, there is no license fee charged for one spayed or neutered dog or cat. Fees will apply to the second and additional animals for such owners.
Senior citizen licenses are not sold through the web licensing option but can be processed through the mail or at the Center.
Lost Tags will be replaced upon our receipt of a written request plus a processing fee of $5.00. Note: The original tag issued is not replaced each year. We replace only if lost or the printed information changes.
Spay and Neuter
Spay and neuter leads to happier and healthier animals. Principal benefits arise from the spay and neuter of dogs and cats.
- Reduced number of unwanted animals that end up in the shelter each year.
- Healthier, longer-living animals.
- Lower licensing fees to animal owners and reduced expense to taxpayers for animal control costs.
It is important for us to have your current information so please call us at (408) 764-0344 or contact us if your animal is lost, deceased, given away, stolen or if you have moved or changed phone numbers.
If you have further questions about the licensing process, please call us at (408) 764-0344 or contact us.