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Dog Licenses

In Miami-Dade County license tags are required for all dogs over 4 months of age.  License tags are issued by Miami-Dade County Animal Services and must be renewed annually.

Licensing your dog is an important step in responsible pet ownership. A licensed dog lets people know your pet has a home and a human family which can help ensure a quicker return should they become lost. 

Dog licensing is also an important part of animal care and control in our community.  License fees help support the care of animals while at the shelter, as well as adoption efforts.  They help fund services to prevent animal cruelty and neglect, spay/neuter programs and community education services, and control of rabies outbreaks.

In order to obtain a license tag, the dog owner must provide proof that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies, which helps protect our community against rabies outbreaks.

The dog license tag must be renewed every year by the anniversary of the month and date of the dog’s most recent rabies vaccine, whether your dog receives the 1 year rabies vaccination or the 3-year rabies vaccination.

Although the dog license is directly tied to the rabies vaccination and are separate requirements by law.

License Tag Expiration Date

To determine the expiration date of your license/vaccine or if the account accurately reflects your contact information, please have your tag number ready (i.e. L99-999999) when using the "Dog License Look-Up" service. If your contact information (name/address) has changed or your pet has passed away, lost or given away, please update your account by calling 311 to prevent erroneous citation from being issued.

Chapter 5-7(e) of the Miami-Dade County Code states, “It shall be a violation of this section to fail to timely register a dog, to fail to timely obtain or renew a license tag, or to fail to have the dog wear the license tag.” Additionally, it also requires that each license tag be renewed annually by the anniversary of the dog's most recent rabies vaccination, even if the rabies vaccination is effective for more than one year. However, if the dog is not timely revaccinated or licensed, the responsible party is subject to civil penalties. Please note that the due date for the renewal of the license tag shall be the anniversary of the untimely revaccination.

Failure to comply: $150.00 fine for unsterilized dogs (plus a $5 ASD surcharge fee and a $10.00 Clerk of Court fee), $50.00 fine for sterilized dogs (plus a $5 ASD surcharge fee and a $10.00 Clerk of Court fee). For more information, see License Law.

Rabies vaccinations and licenses may be obtained from a Veterinarian or at Miami-Dade Animal Services.

License Fees

Dogs - Not Sterilized

 

$55.00

Dogs - Sterilized

 

$27.00

Duplicate Tag  

$5.00


Owner on Public Assistance*

Dogs - Not Sterilized  

$10.00

Dogs - Sterilized  

$5.00


*NOTE: To qualify for the reduced fee, the pet owner must be at least 18 years old and receiving public assistance under one or more of the following:

  • Food Stamps: Must provide current eligibility letter.
  • Medicaid: Must provide current eligibility letter.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI): Must provide current eligibility letter.
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital Clinic Cards: Must provide current eligibility letter.
  • Temporary Assistance for Needed Families (TANF): Must provide current eligibility letter.

Rabies vaccinations and licenses may be obtained from a Veterinarian or at Miami-Dade Animal Services.

MIAMI-DADE ANIMAL SERVICES
7401 NW 74 Street
Medley, FL 33166

Renew by Mail

  1. Check must be made payable to: Board of County Commissioners. No cash accepted via mail.
  2. Check must be accompanied with copy of rabies certificate completely filled out.
              Pet owner's address and phone number must be listed on check.
              Company checks not accepted.
  3. Proof of public assistance must be included to qualify for reduce fee.
  4. To purchase your pet's license tag via mail, please mail your pet's current rabies certificate and payment to:

 

MIAMI-DADE ANIMAL SERVICES
ATTN: TAG UNIT.
7401 NW 74th STREET
MIAMI FL 33166

Note:   To ensure a quick turnaround and prevent unnecessary delay of your request, please make sure that rabies certificate contains the following information:

  • Breed Name
  • Correct spelling of pet name
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Spayed or Neutered
  • Color
  • Current Address and Phone Number
  • Correct spelling of pet owner name
  • Rabies vaccination expiration date

Renew in Person

You can also renew in person at any one of the 311 Service Centers.

  • Pay by Check or Money Order.
  • Check must be made payable to: Board of County Commissioners.
  • Check must be accompanied with copy of rabies certificate completely filled out.
  • Pet owner's address and phone number must be listed on check.
  • Company checks not accepted.
  • Proof of public assistance must be included to qualify for reduce fee.
  • Valid Picture Identification (ID) Required.

Renew Online

Renew your pet's license online from the convenience of your home.

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