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  • Pet Licensing

    Why License?

    • Your dog is an important member of your family. No matter how safe you think your dog is, storms, fireworks or other disturbances may prompt your dog to dig, jump or dart through a gate inadvertently left open. If your dog is lost, a license makes it far easier to reunite him with his family.
    • It’s the law for any dog older than 3 months of age. And it doesn’t matter if your dog is a Chihuahua who spends most of his time indoors or a Bullmastiff who lives on a rural ranch. Late fees are nominal, but any person who knowingly fails to obtain a license for a dog may face a class 2 misdemeanor.
    • Because licensing requires a rabies vaccination, it helps ensure the community is protected from outbreaks.

    First-time License

    Pima County has partnered with DocuPet to provide an enhanced and simple pet licensing experience for Pima County residents. The new, easy-to-use online licensing service provides a quick and seamless process to license your pet in Pima County. Visit pimacounty.docupet.com to license your dog.

    In addition to your pet’s official license, here are some benefits of your DocuPet online profile:
    • Browse hundreds of designer tag styles and add personalization
    • With full access to HomeSafe™ 24/7 lost pet service, upload recent photos of your pet and include important information that will help identify and retrieve them if they become lost
    • Gain access to exclusive promotions and discounts
    • Add additional pet guardians to your pet's profile 
    • Skip the trip and easily purchase or renew your pet's license from the comfort of home
    • Upload important new documents for your pet by snapping a photo
    • Make an optional donation to the Pima Animal Care Center via DocuPet’s Safe&Happy Fund and help support local animals in need
    • Easily view and download your pet’s license documentation
    • Manage, or make changes to your account at anytime including updating your contact information and making changes to pet details and status
    • View your order status and history
    • Upload rabies vaccination proof documents and details

    Purchase or Renew

    Through our licensing partnership with DocuPet, Pima County residents now have direct access to a comprehensive online profile where you can manage, or make changes to your account at anytime including updating your contact information and making changes to pet details and status.

    You can purchase or renew a dog license online at pimacounty.docupet.com.

    Or, if you wish to license by mail please download and complete the mail-in form and send to Pima Animal Care Center, 4000 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson AZ 85745. You will need to include your payment and proof of vaccination for your license to be valid.

    Deceased Pet

    Has your pet recently passed away? Visit your online pet profile at pimacounty.docupet.com to add or remove pets from your account. Alternatively, you may email licensing.pacc@pima.gov to notify us.


    Every dog three (3) months of age or older which is kept within the boundaries of cities, towns or unincorporated areas of Pima County for 30 days or longer is required to be vaccinated for rabies and licensed by Pima County. The rabies vaccination must be administered by a licensed veterinarian, and proof of the vaccination is required to purchase a license.

    If you are a resident of Marana or Sahuarita please visit our FAQ's to learn how to license your pet with your town.


    License Term Length

    A license is good for no longer than a year and expires on an anniversary of the vaccination. Vaccinations are good for either one or three years, and the year a license expires depends on which year of the vaccination term the license is based on. A license can never expire after the vaccination expires.


    When you register your pet in Pima County, you will receive a unique license ID tag to attach to their collar. Our new licensing process with DocuPet allows residents to select a standard license tag at no additional charge or upgrade to one of DocuPet’s colorful designer tag styles for $15. 

    Each DocuPet tag, standard or designer, doubles as a pet’s official license in Pima County and comes equipped with the HomeSafe™ 24/7 lost pet service, which relies on a dedicated full time dispatch staff and intuitively linked pet profiles to help get lost pets home quickly. Furthermore, 20% of every designer tag purchase is donated to Pima Animal Care Center. Visit pimacounty.docupet.com to browse hundreds of license tag styles for your pet.

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    Animal Care Center

    4000 N. Silverbell Rd.
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    Phone: (520) 724-5900
    Fax: (520) 724-5960


    Monday - 12 - 7 pm*
    Tuesday - 12 - 7 pm*
    Wednesday - 1:30 - 7 pm* (Beginning April 5)
    Thursday - 12 - 7 pm*
    Friday - 12 - 7 pm*

    Saturday & Sunday
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m.*

    *Must be checked in to wait list 45 minutes before close to be seen in adoption and admission department.

    Ajo Substation

    1249 N Well Rd
    Ajo, AZ 85321
    Phone: (520) 387-7502


    11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Wednesday: 4:30pm-6:30pm
    Friday:  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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