License

New online pet licensing portal

We launched a new pet licensing portal in August 2018. Please take a moment to read through the instructions below that apply to you before proceeding to the new portal. A link to the online portal is contained in each section below. Contact our pet licensing staff at petlicensing@seattle.gov or 206-386-4262 if you have any questions.

If you ever had a Seattle pet license, log in using your person number and last name. If you don't know your person number, contact us at petlicensing@seattle.gov or 206-386-4262.

Will this be your first license with the City of Seattle? If so, click on "Create New Customer Account," below the "Login" button.

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After entering your contact information, click "Add Animal" to add your new pet.

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If you ever had a Seattle pet license, log in using your person number and last name, which you can find on the renewal card you receive in the mail. If you don’t have your renewal card, or don't know your person number, contact us at petlicensing@seattle.gov or 206-386-4262.

Select the “Renew Now” button under your pet’s licenses. DO NOT click the “Add” button under available licenses for your pet.

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Log in and select the animal in the My Animals section. Under Available Licenses, select "Replacement Tag." Then select the license type in the pop-up and click the "Add" button, and the replacement tag will be added to your cart. You can renew at the same time or just purchase the replacement tag.

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Screenshot of online licensing tool

To cancel, log in and select the animal in "My Animals" section. Click "Cancel" under your pet's licenses section, then select the reason "Moved out of Seattle." Click "Submit." Repeat for each of your pet licenses.

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Log in and click "Update My Info" on the right side of the My Info section. Make your changes, then click "Update" in the bottom right.

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Log in and select "Edit" next to the pet's name, on the right side of the My Animals section. Check the box for "This animal is deceased" in the pop-up with the animal's details, and click "Update" to save.

Screenshot of online licensing tool

Screenshot of online licensing tool

Cancel your license by logging in and selecting the animal in the My Animals section. Click "Cancel" under your pet's licenses section, select the reason "No Longer Has," and click "Submit."

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Log in and select "Edit" next to the pet's name on the right side of the My Animals section. In the pop-up with the animal's details, change "Altered (S/N)" to "Yes," and click "Update" to save.

Screenshot of online licensing tool

Screenshot of online licensing tool

Log in and select "Edit" next to the pet's name on the right side of the My Animals section. In the pop-up with the animal's details, you can add/verify the microchip and/or correct the description. Click "Update" to save.

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Log in to the system and select the animal. Your license number will be listed under your pet's licenses.

Screenshot of online licensing tool

Screenshot of online licensing tool

If you have ever had a discounted license in Seattle, your discount should already be on your account. If you don't see your discount on your altered pet's license, you can contact us at petlicensing@seattle.gov or 206-386-4262. There is no discount on unaltered pets (pets that have not been spayed or neutered).

If you are newly eligible for a discount or purchasing a Seattle license for the first time, you will need to get a Gold Card (for ages 60+) or Flash Card (for disabled). Send your Gold/Flash Card number to petlicensing@seattle.gov or 206-386-4262, and we'll add it to your account. Your discount will apply to all future licenses/renewals.

The Seattle Municipal Code allows you to purchase a one-year license at the altered rate to give you time to get your pet altered. This can't be done online, but you can mail in your application and check (on the application, please note that you intend to spay/neuter) or come to the shelter or any customer service center to purchase the license in person.

Our online system is unable to create or renew goat or pig licenses. Please mail or bring your payment to one of our in-person licensing locations.

Why license your pet?

Licensing your pet is the easiest way to protect your pet while also helping Seattle's animals.

  • Your pet license fee helps us save lives. Pet license fees directly support our animal care and control efforts.
  • Lost pets are returned home. If someone finds your pet roaming the neighborhood, a pet license is the fastest way to help ensure your pet makes it home.
  • A ride home. Our officers make every effort to return licensed animals while in the field, preventing your pet from a stressful visit to the shelter. Redemption fees will apply.
  • Worry-free vacations. You can notify the Seattle Animal Shelter when you are on vacation and someone else is caring for your pet. Simply contact Seattle Pet Licensing at petlicensing@seattle.gov or  206-386-4262.
  • Contact in case of emergency. A pet license with up-to-date information helps veterinarians find and contact you should your pet become injured and in need of lifesaving medical treatment.