Text + -

Pet Licensing

Licensing Laws

All dogs over the age of four (4) months in the Cities of Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills and Rancho Santa Margarita are required to have and wear a current license tag. (Cat licenses are recommended but not required by law.) Your pet's license is proof of its valid rabies vaccination, as well as its best chance to get safely home if it is lost.

If you have any licensing questions, you may call us at (949) 470-3045 or e-mail us at petlicensing@cityofmissionviejo.org.

Purchase a License

To purchase a license, you must provide proof of your pet's current rabies vaccination. If your pet has been spayed or neutered, you may license it at a reduced rate by providing proof of alteration. Pet owners over the age of 55 may license their pets at a reduced rate by providing proof of their age.

To purchase a new license you may do it in person at the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center, or mail us this printable License Application.

Online Pet Licensing


Canine Rabies Vaccination Exemption Requests

California Health and Safety Code 121690 states in part that an exemption may be granted for the rabies vaccine on an annual basis if "a rabies vaccination would endanger the dog's life." The law also requires the condition warranting the exemption be verified and documented by a veterinarian. To apply for a rabies vaccination exemption, please complete the following legally required forms below, accompanied by no more than 5 pages of medical records that indicate a rabies vaccine would endanger the life of the dog.  Return forms to Mission Viejo Animal Services Center by mail or fax to (949)365-0181. Completed forms and records will be forwarded to OC Animal Care for review. 

1. See the Rabies Exemption Form and Rabies Exemption Details for more details.

2. All requests must be accompanied by no more than 5 pages of medical records.  Written letters from veterinarians will not be accepted in lieu of records.

Only requests that include all required documents will be forwarded to OC Animal Care for review.  If approved, exemptions are valid for one year only. If the animal is unable to be immunized the following year, a new exemption request must be submitted.