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Dog License (Tag)

You can buy or renew a dog license at your local veterinarian’s office, at the Animal Services Shelter or at any one of the 311 Service Centers. Dog Licenses are required for all dogs in Miami-Dade County over four months of age.

  • 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 one-year rabies vaccination or the three-year rabies vaccination.
  • A valid driver's license or passport will be accepted as identification for the purpose of registering a dog.

Three-year tag must be purchased at time 3-year vaccine is administered or shortly thereafter with proof of 3-year vaccination. Regardless of the dog license is purchased, the expiration date will coincide with the vaccine expiration date.

  • Requirements

    • Must be 18 years old to register as a pet owner.
    • Must be a Miami-Dade County resident.
    • 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 one-year rabies vaccination or the three-year rabies vaccination.
    • A valid driver's license or passport will be accepted as identification for the purpose of registering a dog.
    • Proof of rabies vaccination.
  • How to purchase a tag

    Purchase a dog license (tag):

    • Pet Adoption and Protection Center
    • Your local veterinarian’s office
    • Any one of the 311 Service Centers-only accept personal check, cashier's check or money order
    • Through the mail-make check payable to Miami-Dade Animal Services
      • Tag Unit
        Miami-Dade Animal Services
        3599 NW 79 Ave
        Doral FL 33122

    You are not able to purchase or renew your dog's license online.

  • Fees

    Spayed or Neutered Dogs
    Requires proof that the dog has been spayed/neutered.

    • One-year spayed or neutered $30
    • One-year under 12 months $30
    • Three-year spayed or neutered $90

    Non-spayed or Neutered Dogs

    • One-year non-spayed or neutered $55
    • One-year under 12 months $30
    • Three-year non-spayed or neutered $165

    Low-income

    • One-year low-income spayed or neutered $5 (Requires proof that the dog has been spayed/neutered)
    • One-year low-income non-spayed or neutered $15

    To qualify for this discount price, owners on public assistance must provide a current eligibility letter from at least one of the following:

    • Food Stamps
    • Medicaid
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Jackson Memorial Hospital Clinic Cards
    • Temporary Assistance for Needed Families (TANF)

    Replacement tags are $5
    Animal license replacements can be processed in person at the Animal Services shelter or at any of the 311 Service Centers. A new tag with new number is issued but the expiration date will be the same as the tag that was lost.

    Purchasing tags can be done in person or by mail. If paying by check, make it payable to Miami-Dade Animal Services.

  • Service Animals

    Owners of Service Animals may qualify for a free dog tag.

    Under the American Disability Act (ADA), a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform a task for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. Animal license tags are free at the Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center with the proper documentation certifying the service that the animal is providing for the owner.

    • Emotional Support, therapy, comfort or companion animals are not considered service animals under the ADA.
    • Must be a Miami-Dade County Resident.
    • Proof of rabies vaccination must be provided.
  • Police Dog (K-9)

    Police dog tags are free.

    • Owner or handler must still comply with the vaccination and licensing requirements.
    • Copy of the dog's Rabies Certificate, which contains the police station or municipal government address.
    • The Certificate identifying the dog as a police dog. Animal Services cannot tell whether the request is legitimate without the rabies certificate even if the dog has a three-year vaccine.
  • Regulation & Compliance

    Dog License

    License tags are required for all dogs. Dog license tags must be renewed annually by the anniversary of the dog’s most recent rabies vaccination. Tags must be worn at all times. Every person owning, keeping or harboring a dog over four months old must register a dog. Anyone moving into Miami-Dade County with a dog older than four months old must obtain a license within 30 days of moving. Updated rabies vaccination records are required, including the time of vaccination, to obtain a license.

    Rabies Law

    All dogs, cats and ferrets older than four months old must be vaccinated against rabies, and must be vaccinated 12 months after that.

Mail / Email

Locations and Hours

  • Pet Adoption and Protection Center

    3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, FL 33122
    Monday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Wednesday
    10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Thursday
    10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Friday
    10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Saturday
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Sunday
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • North Dade Justice Center

    15555 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
    Monday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Thursday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    *Closed for 1 hour during lunch
  • South Dade Justice Center

    10710 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay, FL 33189
    Monday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Thursday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    *Closed 1 hour for lunch
  • Herbert S. Saffir Permitting and Inspection Center

    11805 SW 26 Street, Miami, FL 33175
    2nd Floor Kiosk
    Monday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Thursday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    *Closed 1 hour for lunch