Licensing

A license is a pet's phone call home!

To purchase a license online visit Online Licensing
For paper applications visit License Application
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A pet displaying a license may never have to end up at the shelter if they are found wondering around.  Most pets are picked up just a short distance from their home. Since they are not able to tell the finder that they live just around the block they are brought into the shelter in hopes that their owners will come looking for them.  

If an Animal Welfare Officer finds a dog running at large and the dog is displaying a valid license, they will attempt to return the dog to it's owner prior to taking it to the shelter.

It is the law... 
That every dog must obtain a license when one of two things occurs: either the dog reaches the age of six months, or it obtains its permanent canine teeth, whichever comes first.  Failure to provide and keep the license current may result in a late fee and/or fine (Lane Code 7.070).  Click here to view fines and bail schedule. 

How Do I Get a License?
In order to obtain a license, a dog owner must present documentation showing that the dog has a current rabies shot unless specifically exempted for medical reasons, in writing, by a licensed veterinarian.  Proof of spay or neuter must be presented if applicable.  The dog does not need to be present for you to purchase a license.

If you live in Lane County outside of the city limits you will need to purchase your license through Lane County Animal Services or a participating license vendor.  If you live within the city limits of any city in Lane County, please contact your city hall for information on how to obtain a license.   

Most Lane County dog licenses can be purchased or renewed in person, online, through the mail, over the phone, or at a participating license vendor.  For phone-in licenses, LCAS must already have your current rabies vaccination records on file. 

                                                                

Pet License Fees / Service Dog Info 

Note:  Proof of a current rabies vaccine & spay/neuter proof if applicable is required for all dog licensing.  The dog does not need to be present in order for you to purchase a license.  Licenses are not transferable or refundable.

The following types of licenses must be purchased in person at Lane County Animal Services:

  • Dangerous Dog  (court ordered) 
  • Guard Dog
  • Kennel  
  • Service Dog

Vendors sell only regular dog licenses, which may also be purchased online.  For a list of participating vendors visit Lane County Dog Vendors.  


License Type 1YR 2YR 3YR
Dog Regular (not spayed/neutered) $42 $66 $84
Dog Spay/Neutered $18 $30 $42
Dog Regular-Sr Citizen (owner is 62yrs+) $42 $66 $84
Dog Spay/Neuter-Sr Citizen (owner is 62yrs+) $14 $24 $34
Non-Commercial Kennel (1-8dogs) $180 N/A N/A
County Commercial Kennel $300 N/A N/A
Co. Commercial Breeder $420 N/A N/A
Watchdog $30 N/A N/A
Late Fee $12 $12 $12
Replacement Tag $5 $5 $5

 
If you live in an unincorporated area of Lane County:

Kennel Licenses

  • Kennel licenses are only available to dog owners that reside in the areas outside of the city limits and urban growth boundaries. Please check with the Lane County Land Management Division to make sure any required permits are up-to-date. 
  • All dogs that live in Lane County must display a current dog license/tag per Lane County code(s) 7.070 and 7.075.
  • Commercial Kennel (business/boarding): payment for this type of license includes the issuance of a license tag for each of your personal dogs.  Proof of a current rabies vaccination must be provided for each dog prior to the issuance of a license tag.
  • Commercial Kennel (breeders): a license tag will be provided for each dog with proof of a current rabies vaccination.
  • Non-Commercial Kennel license: Three or more dogs over six months of age.  Please note that you have the option to purchase this type of kennel license or license your dogs individually. If you choose to license your dogs individually, please note that zoning restrictions/permits still apply if you own more than 8 dogs at any residence. 

What type of kennel license do I need? 
Zone Info
Lane County Land Management
Lane County Code  / Animal Services

Pro-Bone-O / Licenses-No Charge


Pro-Bone-O clinics offer free rabies vaccinations for the dogs of owners who are homeless in Lane County.  These dog owners may also obtain a free Lane County dog license good for the duration of their rabies vaccination.
 
Dog owners: You must provide the rabies certificate from Pro-Bone-O in person (see left side bar on this page for address and hours).  If you are renewing, you may come in person or mail in your updated rabies certificate and we will update your license record.

If your dog is not spayed or neutered, the following process applies:

  • You will receive a provisional license contingent on providing us proof that your dog will be spayed or neutered within 90 days.
  • You will be required to provide us the spay/neuter appointment date and Vet clinic name at the time of purchase.
  • Once your proof of spay/neuter is received, your license expiration date will be credited to expire on the same day that your dog's rabies vaccination expires.
  • It is your responsibility to contact us to update appointment dates or Vet clinic info so that we can obtain spay/neuter proof.
  • If spay/neuter proof can not be verified, your license will become invalid.

For more information about the Pro-Bone-O Vet Clinic Click Here

Service Dog Licenses

There is no charge for a service dog license. To obtain one, you will need the following: 

  • A doctors prescription advising you need a 'service' or 'therapy' dog.  Please note that a companion dog is not the same as a service or therapy dog.
  • Proof of a current rabies vaccination such as a receipt from the Vet.
  • A signed affidavit confirming that your dog is currently trained to perform functions that directly assist you with your disability.
  • The license will be valid until the rabies vaccine expires.
  • You must obtain your license in person at the address listed on this page.  If you are renewing a license and we have your signed affidavit on file, you have the option of renewing by mail. 

To obtain an affidavit form, click here

For further information and commonly asked questions regarding service animals, please click on the following link:  U.S. Dept Justice / ADA

Dangerous Dog Classification Licenses

County Violation - Dangerous Behavior (DB)

Click here to see other restrictions that may apply.  

Class County Code DB License DB Renew
Class C 7.130(1) $60 $30
Class B 7.130(2) $120 $60
Class A 7.130(3) $240 $120


Class County Code DB Collar DB Harness DB Sign
Class C 7.130(1) $15 $25.00+ $20
Class B 7.130(2) $15 $25.00+ $20
Class A 7.130(3) $15 $25.00+ $20


License Credit for Unaltered Dogs

If your dog has reached licensing age and you're waiting to get a license until after the dog is spayed or neutered, you are still considered non-compliant with the licensing laws. To help resolve this issue LCAS offers licensing credit.  This is how it works:

  • Submit your application and payment for licensing for a one year unaltered license.
  • Include the name of the clinic and spay/neuter appointment date.
  • We will make a note on your license record.
  • Show us proof that you kept your appt. (such as a receipt from the Vet clinic).
  • Proof must be submitted to LCAS no more than 90 days from the license purchase date.
  • We will add an additional 2 yr. credit to your license record (no extra charge).
  • Your license term will then be equal to a 3 yr. term for a spay/neuter dog.

 Top Ten Reasons to License Your Dog

  1. A license tells everyone that your pet is not a homeless stray and that the owner cares enough to register the pet legally.
  2. It means you will receive a call and/or be sent a written notice if your lost pet is impounded at the shelter.
  3. It means that if a private citizen finds your dog and contacts us, we will call you to provide the finder's phone number so that you can get your pet back home.
  4. It enables Lane County Animal Services to protect your neighborhood from dangerous dogs and investigate dog bites.
  5. Licensing helps fund the low cost spay & neuter program.
  6. It supports investigations of cruelty, neglect and abandonment of domestic animals and livestock.
  7. A license allows the officer that finds your stray dog to take it right home, saving you time and money.
  8. The silver tag is easily recognized.
  9. Licensing supports youth programs covering humane ethics and safety with animals.
  10. Licensing helps to pay for emergency services.  If a stray animal is seriously injured, sick, or aggressive, we can respond to assist.


Resources 

     Service Dog Information (includes fees, process, & links to codes/laws)
     Classified Dangerous Dog License Fees
     Spay/Neuter Voucher Program


Remember to Love, License and Spay/Neuter Your Pet!

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