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Pet Licensing

Online 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
  • Rancho Santa Margarita (including areas of Robinson Ranch, Dove Canyon, Rancho Cielo, Trabuco Highlands and Walden)

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 return safely home.

If you reside in Las Flores please visit ocpetinfo.com

If you have any licensing questions, call us at 949-470-3045 or email 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, print and complete the license application. Then mail in the required documents.

Pet Licensing Fees

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 and application fee to OC Animal Care at 1630 Victory Road, Tustin CA 92782.  

  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.

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.

A $65.00 non-refundable fee applies to all requests received by OC Animal Care on or after September 1, 2018. Payment should be remitted along with forms and supporting documentation. Make check payable to OC Animal Care. Rabies exemption requests that are received without the application fee (as well as incomplete requests) will not be processed.

Potential applicants are encouraged to review the established criteria for exemption carefully as the fee is non-refundable.