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Citations & Fines

Animal Services citations are issued to dog owners who have not renewed the yearly dog tag for their pet.

Under Chapter 5, Section 8cc-10 of the municipal code of Miami-Dade County:

  • You must obtain, and your dog must wear, a Miami-Dade County rabies license tag within 30 days of your dog becoming 4 months of age.
  • Tags and vaccinations are due on the expiration date and are due every one or three years..
  • Failure to renew on or before the expiration date may result in a citation being issued.

Residents can check the status of a citation using the citation number, name of person issued the citation, the folio number or mailing address. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks following receipt of information on the citation for it to appear on the Clerk of Court Citation Search site. Please note: Citations are filed under the owner's name, not the pet's name.

If you have a citation, you may direct your payment to the office of the County Clerk, Code Enforcement Intergovernmental Services Division.

Customers can pay the citation in person at the County Clerk's counter Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fines may also be paid at the Animal Services Citation Section at the Main Shelter. The forms of payment that are accepted by Animal Services are cash, cashier's checks, personal checks and credit cards with ID. If paying by check, they should be made out and mailed to the address below. Remember to include the citation number on the check.

If a citation for failure to renew pet license is issued and/or the owner is not in compliance with a vaccination certificate, or the pet has been vaccinated, but documents were not submitted, owner must submit a copy of the vaccination certificate by fax, mail or in person.

Citations for Deceased Pets
In the case of a deceased pet, you will need to provide a death certificate signed by a veterinarian to have the pet removed from our records. This will prevent your being issued a violation. Fax the death certificate to 305-884-3447, or mail it to the following address:

7401 NW 74 ST
MIAMI FL 33166

Citations Sent to Collections
Collection notices are sent out to pet owners who have unpaid citations owed to Animal Services. If you have received a collection notice, please contact the county's Credit and Collections office at 305-375-5200. If you need to fax supporting documents, fax them to 305-329-1535. You can also e-mail

If you prefer to inquire in person, go to:

Miami-Dade County
Credit and Collections Section
Finance Department
172 W. Flagler Street, 2nd FL


If you feel you have received a citation in error, see the Appealing a Citation page.


Animal Services was originally a part of the Dade County Public Safety Department, and was later designated as the Animal Care and Control Division under the Public Works Department.

In 2001, the Miami-Dade Police Department took over the operation, and on October 1, 2005, the Animal Services Department (ASD) was created as a stand-alone entity in an effort to provide focused care for the County’s animal population. By becoming an independent entity, the Animal Services Department will be able to concentrate its resources on its core mission of caring for the animals in its custody. ASD receives approximately 22 percent of its budget from the County’s General Operating Fund, while the remaining 78 percent is derived through dog license tag sales, shelter fees, enforcement fines, private grants, and donations.

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