Puppy and kitten

Purpose of Licensing

Everyday our officers respond out to calls for loose stray animals wandering the streets. Our hope once these animals are picked up by our officers, is that the animal is wearing some type of identification or has been microchipped. The sad reality is that more than half the pets we find have neither. 

Having your pet properly licensed and microchipped is their ticket home. Every animal that is wearing a license or microchip will be returned back home to their family. Help us keep your four legged family member out of the shelter and safe at home by licensing and microchipping them.

Licensing Instructions

The importance of an animal license is to provide a form of identification for your pet, ensure the pet is current and up to date on its rabies vaccination, and to comply with Elk Grove Municipal Code section 8.03.010A.
Animal license can be purchased for either one or three years provided your pet’s rabies vaccination allows for it. Proof of your pet being microchipped is also required as part of licensing. If your pet has been spayed or neutered, you qualify for the Altered licensing fees (proof of sterilization is required). If your pet has not been altered, you will pay the Unaltered licensing fees. Please see index table below for your pet’s licensing fee amount. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our staff at 916-687-3042 and we will be happy to assist you and answer any questions. 

Please remember, having your pet licensed and microchipped is the best way to ensure that he/she will be brought back home. 


Animal License Rate

  Unaltered Altered
1 Year License $50 $15
3 Year License $150 $35
Senior Citizen License $25 $0
Service Dog License N/A $0

Additional Fees

Microchip Exempt Fee $50
Late Fee $15
Replacement Tag (if needed) $5

Additional Licensing Information

Microchip Documentation

You can provide proof that your pet has been microchipped by providing one of the following:

Registration card provided by microchip manufacture. This card will provide the company name and your pet’s microchip number.

A letter from your veterinarian stating your pet has a microchip implanted and the microchip number is provided.

Service Animal License

To apply for a Service Animal License please complete a Service Animal Affidavit. All Service Animal licenses are issued following ADA guidelines. For additional information please visit All Service Dog Applications must be submitted in person or by mail.

Senior Discount

Applies to all Elk Grove residents who are 65 years or older. In order to receive a senior discount, proof of age is required through a valid California driver’s license or California identification card. Address listed on the identification must be in the city limits of Elk Grove. Senior discount allows for the licensing of 2 altered pets free of charge. Discount also applies to unaltered pets (please see table above).

Help us bring them home with a license and microchip.

Download Animal License Application.

Pay in Person:
Elk Grove City Hall
8401 Laguna Palms Way
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Pay by Mail:
Elk Grove City Hall
8401 Laguna Palms Way
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Pay Online:

To contact Animal Licensing, please call (916) 687-3042.