Pima County

DocuPet is the official pet licensing partner for Pima County

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Why License?

With DocuPet, your pet’s license is much more than just a tag. It’s their ticket home, their customized (and cute!) emblem, and a link to their personal digital record. It’s also your way of doing good - not just for your pet, but for the pets in need in your community.

Dog licenses are mandatory in Pima County. In fact, licenses are mandatory in nearly every community across North America. Why? Because licenses help keep pets and the communities they live in safe.

Since licensing your dogs is a requirement, our goal is to make this process quick, simple, and valuable. Check out the ways you can license your pet below and feel good knowing that licensing revenue funds important initiatives helping to improve your community. To further support these efforts, DocuPet will always donate 20% of designer tag and product sales to our local Safe&Happy Fund partner in Pima County, Friends of Pima Animal Care Center.

How to License

  • Online
  • In-person
  • Mail
  • Phone

The fastest and easiest way to license or renew is right here. You’ll create a profile for your pet, upload photos, process your license registration, and receive purchase confirmations via email. Payment can be made using a credit card or Visa/Mastercard debit card and your package will be shipped out next business day. Each year, you just need to log in to your existing account and renew - it’s super easy!

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In person licensing is available at the following location(s) however it’s important to know you will still receive your tag in the mail:

Pima Animal Care Center: 4000 N. Silverbell Rd., Tucson, AZ 85745

Don’t forget to check hours of operation, appointment policies, and accepted payment methods prior to heading out.

If you wish, you can download the below form and complete it prior to arriving.

Download Registration Form

If you opt to license via snail mail - keep in mind processing your registration will take a lot longer!

Make sure you complete the below form in full and that it is free of any errors otherwise your registration may not be successfully processed. The fine print is there for a reason so keep an eye out for accepted payment methods, who the check should be made out to, where it should be mailed, and any required supporting documentation.

Download Registration Form

If you’re having trouble licensing online and need to get your registration processed in a hurry, you can call Pima Animal Care Center at (520) 724-5969 who may be able to process your pet license over the phone.
Note that we can only accept credit cards and Visa/Mastercard debit as payment. Please note that you will need to have a valid rabies expiration date already on file to purchase your license over the phone.

License Fees

Pet licenses are required for all dogs living in Pima County. Licenses are available for 1 year year terms and must be renewed prior to the expiration date. You will receive reminders from us about upcoming license expirations via mail and email.

Dog Licenses Pima County South Tucson
Altered Dog $20.00 $11.00
Altered Dog - Senior Owner $15.00 $7.00
Altered Dog - Disabled Owner $15.00 $7.00
Altered Dog - Low Income Owner* $13.00 N/A
Unaltered Dog $65.00 $45.00
Unaltered Dog - Senior Owner N/A $13.00
Dangerous Dog $105.00 $75.00
Late Registration Fees** Pima County South Tucson
Less than one year late $10.00 $6.00
One - two years late $22.00 $17.00
More than two years late $36.00 $28.00
Transfer of Ownership $10.00 $10.00
Dog Licenses Pima County South Tucson
Altered Dog $20.00 $11.00
Altered Dog - Senior Owner $15.00 $7.00
Altered Dog - Disabled Owner $15.00 $7.00
Altered Dog - Low Income Owner $13.00 N/A
Unaltered Dog $65.00 $45.00
Unaltered Dog - Senior Owner N/A $13.00
Dangerous Dog $105.00 $75.00
Transfer of Ownership $10.00 $10.00
Late Registration Fees* Pima County South Tucson
Less than one year late $10.00 $6.00
One - two years late $22.00 $17.00
More than two years late $36.00 $28.00

*To qualify for the low income license please complete this form. See page two of the form for submission instructions. Note that the low income rate is only available for residents of Unincorporated Pima County.

**Late fees apply 30 days following license expiration.

Pet owners must be 65 or older to qualify for senior citizen rates.

To learn more about the disabled license please contact Pima Animal Care Center at licensingpacc@pima.gov or call (520) 724-5969

To learn more about licensing a service animal please contact Pima Animal Care Center at licensingpacc@pima.gov or call (520) 724-5969

Licenses are required for all dogs over three months of age.

A replacement Pima County tag is available for a $10 fee or at no additional charge when you license your pet.

A valid rabies certificate is required to complete the licensing process. You must upload or present your certificates at time of purchase.

All licenses expire the day they were purchased, one year in in the future, so long as the rabies vaccination remains valid for the duration of the license term. If your pet’s rabies vaccination expires prior to your pet's license, the license will expire on the rabies vaccination expiration date.

A spay/neuter certificate is required to qualify for the discounted rate.

All license fees will have an additional $1.00 processing fee added.

DocuPet Benefits

Found a lost pet?

If the pet is wearing a DocuPet tag, visit our site or their unique web address on the back of the tag, enter the code found on the pet's tag, and gain access to the contact information that pet’s owner has chosen to provide. You may also call our 24/7 dispatch staff at 1-877-239-6072

Is your pet lost?

Don't panic! We're here to help! Log in to your profile and report your pet lost by clicking on their name and then using the "Report Lost" button. Our dedicated staff is immediately alerted and an email will go out with your pet's information to registered members in your community. Log in Now

Account not yet activated? Call us at 1-877-239-6072

What is HomeSafe™?

The HomeSafe™ Lost Pet Service features an online tool that ties your pet's unique tag code to their online profile. This means that if anyone finds your pet, they can easily report them found through our site, and immediately get access to the contact information you have chosen to provide.

Our Found Pet report makes it easy for people to help your pet get home safe. We also have a dedicated dispatch staff that works around the clock, answering phone calls and working with members of the community to help get lost pets home safe.

Frequently Asked Questions

PROGRAM AND PARTNERSHIP

Pima Animal Care Center and DocuPet have partnered up to offer an enhanced dog licensing program for Pima County residents. A membership with DocuPet includes:

  • The HomeSafe™ Lost Pet Service
  • Beautiful Tags linked to a secure online profile
  • Tags that help all pets by supporting local animal welfare initiatives
  • Thanks for supporting animal welfare in your community
  • Your Pima County Dog License

Pet owners must now license through the DocuPet program in order to secure a Pima County dog license.

LICENSING OPTIONS, DATES, AND LOCATIONS

Licenses are required to be renewed prior to the expiration date each year.

License transfers may be granted in certain cases. Please visit Pima Animal Care Center in person to learn more.

You may renew your pet's license within 60 days of your pet's current license expiration date. If you renew prior to the upcoming expiration date, your pet's new license will start the day after expiration, not on the date of purchase.

Pima Animal Care Center provides licensing services for the following areas: Pima County and South Tucson

As you are required to provide documentation to demonstrate proof that your pet has a valid rabies vaccination, our customer representatives are not able to review this documentation and therefore cannot process licenses over the phone. You must license online where you can upload the required documentation, or present it in person at a vendor location.
If you do have a valid rabies vaccination in your online account and are looking to renew your pet's license you may call Pima Animal Care Center customer service team to update your record by calling (520) 724-5969 or emailing licensingpacc@pima.gov.

Please visit Pima Animal Care Center in person as kennel licensing is not processed through DocuPet. They are located at 4000 N Silverbell Rd Tucson AZ 85745.

Refunds may be granted for a license if a pet passes or is returned within 30 days of the license purchase.

In Pima County, a pet license may not be valid at any time that a pet's rabies vaccination is not current.

As you are required to provide documentation to demonstrate proof that your pet has been spayed/neutered, our customer care team members are not able to review this documentation and therefore cannot process new licenses for spayed/neutered pets over the phone. You must license online where you can upload the required documentation, or present it in person at a Pima Animal Care Center located at 4000 N Silverbell Rd Tucson AZ 85745. Once we have documentation on file, we do not require it again, and thus, renewals can be processed over the phone.

Please visit Pima Animal Care Center in person as pig licensing is not processed through DocuPet. They are located at 4000 N Silverbell Rd Tucson AZ 85745.

Licenses expire at the end of the 1 year term unless your pet's current rabies vaccination expiration date falls prior to the end of the term. A license cannot be valid at any time a pet's rabies is expired. If you provide new proof of rabies expiration extending beyond the original term selected prior to the license expiration date, your pet's license may be extended to the full term originally selected.

You may license in person at Pima Animal Care Center located at 4000 N Silverbell Rd Tucson AZ 85745.

Please ensure you have all the required documentation in order to licence your pet. If you have all the records you need to proceed you can license your pet online, or in person at Pima Animal Care Center located at 4000 N Silverbell Rd Tucson AZ 85745.
If this is your first time licensing a pet in Pima County, click here to learn more.
If you already have an account with us or have ever licensed a pet with Pima Animal Care Center click here to learn more.

All dogs over the age of three months are required to be licensed.

PROGRAM AND PARTNERSHIP

You may have entered your address incorrectly or we may not have your address in the address database for your community. Please double-check all spelling and ensure you are using the abbreviated form for your street type ex. St instead of Street. You may contact Pima Animal Care Center directly if you believe you reside within their jurisdiction but your address is not being accepted by the system.

FEES AND FINES

Please get in touch with Pima Animal Care Center by calling (520) 724-5969 or emailing licensingpacc@pima.gov to find out more.

Visit this page for licensing options and fees: Pima County Licensing Fees

Please visit Pima Animal Care Center in person if you are qualifying for this rate for the first time. Once the team there verifies your designation you will be able to renew online in future years.

Senior citizen ages vary by community. You must be 65 or older with an altered dog to qualify for the senior rate in Pima County. You must be 65 or older to qualify for the senior rate in South Tucson.

No, there is no discount for licensing multiple pets. Each pet will be charged the appropriate licensing fee.

Late fees come into effect if a license is not renewed within 30 days of the original expiration date.

If your community requires proof of spay/neuter for your pet in order to receive a discounted licensing rate, you will need to upload the appropriate documentation stating that your pet has been spayed/neutered to your online account. Once the documentation has been approved by Pima Animal Care Center, you will be eligible to receive the new discounted rate. Otherwise, you can visit Pima Animal Care Center in person at 4000 N Silverbell Rd Tucson AZ 85745 and show proof of spay/neuter there.

Please get in touch with Pima Animal Care Center by calling (520) 724-5969 or emailing licensingpacc@pima.gov to find out more.

The fine for failing to license a pet is $150-$750.

For all online orders a processing fee is applied on license purchases at a rate of 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction.

Please visit Pima Animal Care Center in person if you are qualifying for this rate for the first time. They are located at 4000 N Silverbell Rd Tucson AZ 85745. Once the team there verifies your designation you will be able to renew online in future years.

TAGS

Please visit in person at Pima Animal Care Center located at 4000 N Silverbell Rd Tucson AZ 85745 and they will be able to assist you.

If you received a tag in person at an event, you will need to activate your pre-coded DocuPet Tag to ensure your pet is covered under DocuPet’s 24/7 HomeSafe™ lost pet service. For more information on how to activate your pet's pre-coded tag and license your pet, go to: https://docupetinc.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/4403827951003-Activating-Tag-Through-Online-Account


Please note, that if you received the pre-coded tag when purchasing a license in person, your licensing details will be automatically added to your account once the records have been submitted from your local veterinarian clinic. Records are usually received and processed within 45 to 60 days.

You can order and pay for a replacement tag online by logging into your account and selecting the "My Pets" page. Under the Licensing section on your "My Pet's" page, you will be able to click "Order Replacement License Tag". You can also order a replacement tag by calling Pima Animal Care Center at (520) 724-5969.

ACCOUNT UPDATES

In order to activate your online account, you will need your access code and ZIP code. You may also activate your account with your pet's name, their existing tag number, your ZIP code, and your phone number. Your access code can be found on almost all communications sent to you from Pima Animal Care Center, including your mailed renewal letter and printed receipt. Otherwise, you can contact Pima Animal Care Center at (520) 724-5969 or email licensingpacc@pima.gov and they will provide it.

We’re sorry! Unfortunately, unless you tell Pima Animal Care Center that a pet is no longer in your care, we have no way of knowing. Have you already told us? You may have a duplicate account. Get in touch with Pima County's customer service team to update your record by calling (520) 724-5969 or emailing licensingpacc@pima.gov.

If you are moving please be sure to update your address by logging into your online account and navigating to your Profile Settings page. Even though you are moving you’ll still be able to keep your pet's tag and access your pet's online account. However, your current license may not be valid in the new community you are moving to. Please get in touch with the pet licensing provider in the new community you are moving to in order to find out more information.

We're sorry for your loss. You can update a pet's profile via your online account or Pima Animal Care Center can take care of it for you if you call (520) 724-5969 or email licensingpacc@pima.gov.  

CITY INFORMATION AND CITY ORDINANCES

The following species are required to be licensed: Dogs

Visit this page for information on licensing ordinances/bylaws: Pima County Code

Please get in touch with Pima Animal Care Center at (520) 724-5969.

DOCUMENT SUBMISSION

To license your pet, you will be required to show proof that the pet's rabies vaccination is current. Documentation is also required to verify that a pet has been spayed or neutered and must be provided in order to receive the discounted rate. Requiring documentation ensures that provided pet information is accurate, which is critical for identification and safety reasons.

To license your pet, you will be required to show proof that the pet's rabies vaccination is current. Documentation is also required to verify that a pet has been spayed or neutered and must be provided in order to receive the discounted rate. Requiring documentation ensures that provided pet information is accurate, which is critical for identification and safety reasons.

Documentation uploaded via the online system is reviewed within two business days.

A rabies proof is required to prove that your pet has been vaccinated against rabies. A rabies proof identifying your pet as spayed/neutered or a spay/neuter proof may be accepted as documentation of sterilization.

If you can’t locate the document you received after the procedure was done, you will need to contact your vet to obtain your pet's records. Be sure to specify any and all pets you require documentation for.
Once you’ve got the paperwork in your hands, take a look to ensure:

  • The document provided is the right type of proof required.
  • Pet and pet owner account data matches your own.
  • The document is clear and legible.