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Regional Animal Services

Pet Licenses
Frequently Asked Questions

How do I use your website to license my pet?

There are two ways the website can be used to license your pet. If you have a renewal notice with your pet's current tag number on it, select the Renew an Existing License option from the main menu. On the search screen, enter your pet's tag number and your phone number. If this is a new pet, or you cannot find your pet using the alternate method, select the Purchase a New License option from the main menu. On the search screen, enter your last name, house number (ex. 21200), and phone number and click on Next.

A screen will appear showing the information that we have on file for you. If nothing is found, you will have the opportunity to enter your information. Select your name from the list that is displayed to view detailed information. If any fields are wrong, you can edit the information. Click on the View Pets link near the bottom of the screen.

A screen will appear showing a list of pets for the selected owner. If nothing is found, you will be given the opportunity to enter information about a new pet. Select the name of the pet you want to license from the list that is displayed to view detailed information. If any fields are wrong, you can edit the information.

If the pet you selected is eligible to be licensed at this time, the type of license it is eligible for will display in a box at the bottom of the screen and the word Purchase will appear next to it. If your pet is eligible for more than one license type, highlight the one that you want and click on the word Purchase. The screen will be updated to show that the license has been added to your shopping cart. You can select different pets and add more licenses to your cart if you wish.

When you are through shopping, click on the shopping cart button on the left side of your screen. This will show you a summary of what is in your shopping cart along with a $1.49 service fee which is charged by our bank to accept your payment electronically. Click on the Checkout button to proceed to the payment process.

Who needs a King County pet license?

King County pet licenses are required for all dogs and cats 8 weeks of age or older in most areas of the county. A pet license identifies and protects your dog or cat in case they get lost. Also, pet licenses offer other great benefits as well.

Even indoor-only cats or pets confined to fenced yards get loose and their licenses help assure you can be reunited with them. Licenses are inexpensive identification and are for your pet's protection and safety. License revenue also makes it possible to reunite lost pets with their families and for adoption services for homeless pets.

All dogs and cats must have a King County pet license in unincorporated King County and the following cities: Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Carnation, Clyde Hill, Covington, Duvall, Enumclaw, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Newcastle, North Bend, Redmond, Sammamish, SeaTac, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, Tukwila, Woodinville and Yarrow Point.

The following cities issue their own pet licenses. Please contact them directly to license your pet.
Algona (253-833-2897)
Auburn (253-876-1997)
Bothell (425-486-1254)
Burien (206-241-4647)
Des Moines (206-870-6549)
Federal Way (253-835-2567)
Hunts Point (425-455-1834)
Medina (425-233-6400)
Milton (253-922-8733)
Normandy Park (206-248-7600)
Pacific (253-833-2856)
Renton (425-430-6924)
Seattle (206-386-7387)
Skykomish (360-677-2388)

Pierce County (253-383-2733)
Snohomish County (425-388-3388)

Why is a search being done since I have no King County pet licenses?

To purchase a King County license for the first time, information about your household is entered so we can search our records to verify that you do not have a current King County pet license. This helps us avoid having duplicate information about you and your pets. It also allows us to link together information for a household in order to make it easier for you to manage your pet licenses with King County. In the future, when you renew your pet’s license, you will only need to enter your pet’s tag number and your telephone number.

What do I do if my pet is not found when I do a search?

We will search using the same information that was entered into our database from your original application. We may have a different name in our database. Your name may have been misspelled when we entered it, or your record may be under your spouse’s name, your child’s name, or friend’s name. Here are options you may want to try:
  • A different owner name
  • A different spelling of the name
  • A full or abbreviated name
  • An old or new house number and/or phone number
  • A previous phone number
  • Look at your pet’s tag, and enter that number in the tag number field
If our search still does not find your pet, contact our office at 206-296-2712 to correct or update your account.

What do I do if I do not find all of my pets?

The best solution is to go to the Search page and enter your pet's tag number and your phone number into the search parameters. If this is not successful, try other phone numbers that you may have used (an old number or a cell phone). If you are still unsuccessful, please call our office at 206-296-2712.

What do I do if my address is not found?

First, double check that your house number and street name are correct. If so, you may be outside of King County's licensing jurisdiction. The following cities issue their own pet licenses. If you live within one of those city limits, please contact them directly for pet license information:
Algona (253-833-2897)
Auburn (253-876-1997)
Bothell (425-486-1254)
Burien (206-241-4647)
Des Moines (206-870-6549)
Federal Way (253-835-2567)
Hunts Point (425-455-1834)
Medina (425-233-6400)
Milton (253-922-8733)
Normandy Park (206-248-7600)
Pacific (253-833-2856)
Renton (425-430-6924)
Seattle (206-386-7387)
Skykomish (360-677-2388)

Pierce County (253-383-2733)
Snohomish County (425-388-3388)

How do I know if I live in the City limits or in unincorporated King County? 

All addresses use a city name, but that does not necessarily mean you live within the city limits; you may, in fact, live in unincorporated King County.  Some ways to figure this out: 1)call your city hall to ask if you're within city limits; 2)check your property tax bill to see if your bill includes city taxes; 3)remember if your neighborhood is served by city police or the King County Sheriff's Office; 4)remember if you cross city limits signs when driving from your home into your city.
Why do you need my home address?

This information is crucial if your pet gets lost. Your pet will get a "free ride home" instead of being sent to the shelter. Although all pets are welcome and safe at our shelters, this can put an unnecessary stress on your pet. If you provide a mailing address, we will use this for all correspondence.

If you do not wish to have this extra protection for your pet, which does require you to disclose your physical address, please contact our Pet Licensing Office at 206-296-2712.


Senior Pet License


If you are 65 years of age or older and your pet is spayed or neutered, you are eligible for a 50% discount off the annual altered pet license price ($30 regular annual price; you pay $15).  You will need to provide proof of your age and that the pet is spayed or neutered.  Senior citizen pet licenses are not transferrable.

What are the differences between the various license types?

Juvenile
This license is for pets eight weeks to six months old. The pet does not need to be spayed or neutered to purchase this license. This license is good for 6 months and costs $15.

Altered
This license is available for pets over 6 months old that have been spayed or neutered. You will need to enter date and location of spay/neuter procedure.  The annual cost is $30.

Unaltered
This license is for pets over six months old that have not been spayed or neutered. An unaltered pet license costs $60, and is good for 12 months.

Senior
If you are 65 years of age or older and your pet is spayed or neutered, you are eligible for a 50% discount off the annual altered pet license price ($30 regular annual price; you pay $15).  You will need to provide proof of your age and that the pet is spayed or neutered.  Senior citizen pet licenses are not transferrable.

Why am I being charged a $1.49 service fee?

King County is charged this fee by our payment processor for processing your online payment. We are simply passing this fee on to you. King County receives no portion of this fee.

Contact Us

Our address is:
Regional Animal Services of King County
500 Fourth Avenue, Room 403
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: 206-296-2712

Fax: 206-296-4027

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Email: petlicense@kingcounty.gov