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Pet Licenses

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All dogs more than four (4) months old:

  • Required by State and Municipal law to be licensed.
  • Validly licensed in another jurisdiction but remains within the city limits of City of National City for more than 30 days must be licensed by City of National City.
  • Rabies vaccination that is valid for the term of the dog license.
  • A license can be obtained for a period of one to three (1-3) years depending on the pet's vaccination records.
  • Limit of three (3) dog license per household.

Purchasing a Dog License

I.    In Person

  • Purchase from the City of National City, Finance Department.
  • Provide copy of dog's rabies vaccination certificate good for the term of the license.


National City Finance Department City Office Hours are:
1243 National City Boulevard Monday - Thursday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
National City, CA  91950-4301 Closed weekends and holidays


II.    By Mail

  • Download and complete the dog license form
  • Mail complete form with your payment
  • Have check/money order made payable to National City Finance Department
  • Enclosed copy of dog's rabies vaccination certificate good for the term of the license.

Fee Schedule

  • Dog license fee schedules (click on link) for one-three (1-3) years.
  • Replacement tag, $15
  • $10 penalty fee (if more than 30 days delinquent)

The National City Police Department's Animal Control Division provide additional information on rabies clinics, spaying and neutering, and animal shelters.

Important Contacts:

Finance Department (619)336-4330

Animal Control (619)336-4478


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