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License Required For Dogs And Cats LBMC 6.08.010

A. Dog License

Dog License

No person responsible for any dog shall have such dog, male or female, over the age of four (4) months, within the city without at all times having upon such dog a collar or harness to which shall be securely fastened a tag as provided in this chapter. Said tag may be issued at any time during the calendar year and may be issued for twelve (12) months. The tag shall be obtained from the director, inscribed with the letters and words "LONG BEACH" and the tag's serial number. The tax shall be sufficient only during the period the tag is issued.

Dog Licenses are required in the cities below per their municipal codes listed.

  • Cerritos CMC 8.04.035(a)
  • Signal Hill SHMC 6.04.030
  • Los Alamitos LAMC 6.08.010

B. Cat License


No person responsible for any cat shall have such cat, male or female, over the age of four (4) months, within the city without at all times having upon such cat either a tag as provided in Subsection B.1. below, or a microchip as provided in Subsection B.2. below.

1. Tag 

The tag shall be securely fastened to a collar or harness, as provided in this chapter. Said tag may be issued at any time during the calendar year and may be issued for a period of twelve (12) months. The tag shall be obtained from the director, inscribed with the letters and words "LONG BEACH" and the tag's serial number. The tag shall be sufficient only during the period the tag is issued.

2. Microchip

In place of the tag and collar described in Subsection B.1. above, a person responsible for a cat may instead ensure that the cat bears an identifiable microchip. For the purposes of this chapter, the term "microchip" shall mean the injection of an identification chip below the skin of an animal performed by a veterinarian, registered veterinary technician or other qualified staff. The person responsible for such cat shall obtain an annual license at such times and in the manner as specified in Section 6.08.030

Benefits of Pet Licensing


Pet License Fees

Starting October 1, 2023, all residents of the City of Long Beach and its contract cities of Cerritos, Los Alamitos, and Signal Hill will be subject to the following dog license fees. Cat licenses are only applicable to Long Beach residents. Senior rates are available for residents aged 60 or above.

License Fee Name 12-Month Fee
Dog - Unaltered  $250.00
Dog Unaltered - Senior Resident $125.00
Dog - Altered $28.00
Dog Altered - Senior Resident $14.00
Dog - Vicious Animal  $1,125.00
Cat Altered (Long Beach residents only) $12.00
Cat Altered - Senior Resident (Long Beach residents only) $6.00
Replacement License Tag $10.00
Animal License Late Fee $15.00


There is a $1.59 transaction fee charged by the payment processing company.
American Express is not accepted.

Late Penalty and Violation Citation
Feline Rabies Innoculation Exemption Form
Canine Rabies Innoculation Exemption Forms
Pet License Application (Printable)
Microchipping Information
Cat Licensing Frequently Asked Questions

Pet Licensing FAQ

  • Why Do Cats & Dogs Have To Be Licensed?

    California or municipal law requires that all cats and dogs over the age of four months be licensed as a rabies control measure. Making sure your pet has its current license attached to its collar also is your best insurance of having your pet returned to you in case he or she becomes lost or gets out of your yard. The pet license also lets us know if your pet is currently vaccinated against rabies. The money received from pet license fees helps the department continue to provide quality animal care and control services 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

  • How can I purchase a pet license?

    A permanent license tag is issued when a license is first purchased (Cats may be microchipped in lieu of a permanent cat license tag). Should you need a replacement tag, there is a fee of $10.00. 

    Pet licensing can be purchased or renewed several ways:


    Phone: 562-570-7387

    Send copies (this paperwork will not be returned so do not send originals) of the above information along with the pet license application to the Long Beach Animal Care Services at 7700 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, CA 90815, along with a check or money order for the proper amount. The license will be processed and a license tag will be mailed to your home.

  • What do I need to provide when purchasing a pet license?

    • History of prior licenses.
    • Your name, address, and phone number.
    • A current rabies inoculation certificate is good for the entire licensing period. If your pet received their rabies vaccination from an out-of-state veterinarian, click for the California Department of Public Health approved rabies vaccine list. If your pet's vaccine is not listed, you will have to revaccinate your pet.
    • A certificate of sterility if your pet has been spayed or neutered (altered). This will reduce your dog license fee. The certificate must be shown at the time of purchase to receive the reduced rate.
    • Microchip information (if applicable)
    • Pet license fee.
  • My Pet Never Leaves My Property; Why Do I Have To Buy A License?

    California or municipal law requires that every cat or dog four months of age or older must have a current license fastened to its collar. Even pets that "never leave the house" or property have a way of getting out through accidentally opened gates or by digging under fences. Also, a natural disaster like an earthquake or fire may cause your pet to flee the safety of your property. Having a pet license on its collar, and/or microchip, will help reunite your lost pet with you.

  • When Do I Have To License My Cat Or Dog And How Do I Get One?

    All cats (Long Beach only) and dogs four (4) months old or older are required to have a current license by local municipal codes:

    • Long Beach LBMC 6.08.010
    • Cerritos CMC 8.04.035(a)
    • Signal Hill SHMC 6.08.010
    • Los Alamitos LAMC 6.08.010
  • Why Does Animal Care Services Require Licensing, Perform License Canvassing, And Issue Citations?

    The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians endorses the following methods or procedures that enhance rabies control which include the following:

    • Identification. Dogs, cats should be identified (e.g., metal or plastic tags or microchips) to allow for verification of rabies vaccination status.
    • Licensure. Registration or licensure of all dogs, cats is an integral component of an effective rabies-control program. A fee is frequently charged for such licensure, and revenues collected are used to maintain rabies- or animal-control activities. Evidence of current vaccination should be an essential prerequisite to licensure.
    • Canvassing. House-to-house canvassing by animal-control officials facilitates enforcement of vaccination and licensure requirements.
    • Citations. Citations are legal summonses issued to owners for violations, including the failure to vaccinate or license their animals. The authority for officers to issue citations should be an integral part of each animal-control program.
    • Animal Control. All local jurisdictions should incorporate stray animal control, leash laws, animal bite prevention, and training of personnel in their programs.
    • Public Education. All local jurisdictions should incorporate education covering responsible pet ownership, bite prevention, and appropriate veterinary care in their programs.
    • Seal Beach


    Door-to-Door canvassing has been a regular activity in the City of Long Beach since the 1960's.  The Federal Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends dog and cat licensing, and door-to-door canvassing as an integral method to enhance rabies control (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April 18, 2008). The process of license canvassing results in direct contact with pet owners and provides the opportunity for education about animal care issues. It is also provides residents with the opportunity to report animal-related violations such as neglect, cruelty, barking, defecation, off-leash and excessive numbers of animals on a property.