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Licensing Information

A dog or cat license is a permit to keep a dog or cat within the City of Stockton. It is similar to licensing your vehicle. Licensing allows the City to keep track of current rabies vaccinations. Another benefit is a found, licensed dog or cat can be identified and returned to its owner, if the dog or cat is wearing the registration tag. 



A current rabies vaccination and a microchip are required to purchase a dog or cat license. The City of Stockton Animal Shelter offers microchips, which includes nation-wide registration. The Animal Shelter works with VIP Pet care Services clinic to provide vaccinations.  For current clinic vaccination dates, times and clinic location, please visit their web site using the link provided under External Links below.


To license your dog or cat, please download or print a copy of the Animal Services Division Application for Pet License.


San Joaquin County Reports First Confirmed Case of Animal Rabies in 2014

San Joaquin County Public Health Services (PHS) has received confirmation from the California Department of Public Health Laboratory that a feral kitten tested positive for the deadly rabies infection.  The public is advised to vaccinate pets and stay away from stray and wild animals.


Online License

To renew an exising pet license, purchase a new license, change your address, or make a donation, please fill out the online form.


Dog and Cat Licensing Fees

Dog and cat license are available for 1, 2 or 3 years, up to expiration date of current rabies vaccination.  Fees for dogs and cats that have been spayed or neutered are lower than for dogs and cats that are unaltered. Reduced fees are available for pet owners who are age 55 or over. 


For a complete list of current fees, please view the Animal Services Fee Schedule.


Delinquent Registration & Penalty

Delinquent registrations will be charged an additional fee.  Dogs and cats are required to have a current rabies vaccine and be microchipped and licensed by the age of 6 months.  Penalties apply after a 30 grace period. 

License Purchasing Locations

Animal Clinic

7575 Pacific Avenue

(209) 477-4853


California Dog & Cat Hospital

848 S. California Street 

(209) 465-5726


Family Pet Hospital

4955 West Lane



Fremont Veterinary Clinic

2223 E. Fremont Street 

(209) 465-7291


Pacific Vet

6828 Pacific Avenue



Walker Veterinary Hospital 

7600 West Lane

(209) 478-8883


West Lane Pet Hospital

3150 West Lane

(209) 465-5414



External Links

VIP Petcare Services

San Joaquin County

Fremont Veterinary Clinic

Walker Veterinary Hospital

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 9/2/2014